Three More Florida Players Commit to CMU

The Central Michigan University football program has returned to the Sunshine State to bolster its 2004 recruiting class. Chippewas Insider has learned that three more Florida standouts have verbally committed to play for CMU beginning this fall.

Central Michigan's football class has gained more speed and athleticism with the addition of three key players from Miami, Dade County, who visited campus this past weekend. All three players are high school seniors who are reportedly late academic qualifiers.

They are safety Jason Ruger (6-2, 198) of Miami Jackson; DE/TE Preston Jackson (6-4, 210) of Miami Palmetto; and CB/WR Michael Jean (5-10, 160) of Miami Norland.

Ruger was rated the No. 73 prospect in the state by TheInsiders.com and received interest from Florida State and Miami (Fla.), among other schools. Jackson is one of the top basketball players in Dade County's 2004 class. He played wide receiver, but could be tried at tight end or defensive end by the Chippewas.

Jean has tremendous speed and quickness. He was named one of the defensive standouts in Dade County by the Miami Herald. He could play either cornerback or wide receiver for CMU.

This brings to 23 the number of players in CMU's 2004 recruiting class. The Chippewas original class signed in February included 17 players.

In March CMU signed CB Mark Lewis (6-2, 185) of Mesabi Range (Minn.) Community College. Then in May, the Chippewas added RB Leslie Hopkins (6-0, 200, 4.48) of St. Petersburg (Fla.) High School and OL Greg Wojt (6-4, 240) of Father Michael Goetz Secondary School in Mississauga, Ont.

The Chippewas could still add two more players, quite possibly looking to the junior college ranks for immediate help.


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