CMU has 'Super Sunday' to Closeout Recruiting

The Central Michigan University football program hosted some very important recruits this weekend. Those players have now returned home, but not before they made a decision on where they will play their college football for the next four or five years.

Chippewas Insider has received confirmation that Central Michigan University added four verbal commitments today from four prep players who visited campus this weekend.

The four players are running back Adam Patrick (5-11, 205) of Calhoun (Ga.) High School; cornerback Raeshon Ball (5-9, 175) of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson High School; defensive end Philip Telfer (6-4, 235) of Lake Worth (Fla.) John I. Leonard High School; and wide receiver Darren Martin (6-4, 210) of New Orleans (La.) McDonogh 35 High School.

This brings to 19 the number of verbal commitments in CMU's 2004 recruiting class. The Chippewas still have two scholarships remaining and could add another player or two along the defensive front once they see who is still available after signing day Wednesday.

When CMU lost local running back Jalen Parmele to Toledo, it became apparent that the Chippewas would have to look southward to find a running back. Patrick, who led Calhoun to a 32-5 overall record and three regional titles the past three seasons, would seem to compare very favorably with Parmele.

"Adam's a great player and a great kid, he's been the focal point of our offense the past three years," Calhoun Head Coach Hal Lamb said. "Central Michigan is a great fit for him because he's strong and fast, can block, and he's a great receiver out of the backfield for the spread offense."

This season Patrick rushed for 1,451 yards on 205 carries (7.1 yards per carry) and scored 19 touchdowns in leading the Yellowjackets to a 10-2 record. He also considered Troy State and Eastern Kentucky.

Telfer was recruited by new CMU defensive line coach Mike Elston. He adds much needed size and speed at the defensive end position for the Chippewas. Telfer also reportedly considered offers from Florida Atlantic and Massachusetts.

Martin is cut from the mold of the big and strong wideout more college teams prefer these days. He had serious interest from some BCS programs, including West Virginia, where he visited Jan. 16th but was not offered.

With the addition of Patrick and Ball, the younger brother of Georgia Tech starting quarterback Reggie Ball, the Chippewas expect to sign a total of six Georgia prospects Wednesday. The others include Washington County teammates defensive end Chris Boss and linebacker Antrione Archer, who committed last weekend; Ranger (Texas) College defensive tackle Temirez Williams, who prepped at Albany Westover High School; and cornerback Ronnie Jackson of Macon's Windsor Academy.

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