Chippewas to Host Key Recruits This Weekend

Many football games three or four years from now could be won or lost depending on how things go for Central Michigan University in the next three or four weeks. Recruiting is in full swing right now for CMU and the Chippewas are hosting an outstanding group of prospective players this weekend.

Chippewas Insider has learned that at least seven prep standouts will be making official visits to Central Michigan this weekend.

Headlining the group is 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback Sean Price of Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South High School. Price was named the 2003 Illinois Player of the Year after throwing for 4,752 yards and 55 touchdowns in leading Maine South to the Class 8A (big school) state title last season.

Price is rated among the top 100 players in the Midwest by Scout.com. He is considering offers from CMU and the University of Illinois and is beginning to receive interest from Louisville and New Mexico. Price missed much of this season after suffering a broken collarbone in the fourth game.

Joining Price at CMU this weekend from the Land of Lincoln is record-setting kicker Rick Albreski of Addison (Ill.) Driscoll Catholic. Albreski is rated among the top 20 kickers in the nation and has a 58-yard field goal to his credit this season. He is considering offers from CMU and Bowling Green.

The Chippewas will also host running back Dana Brown (5-10, 185) of Clairton (Pa.) High School. Brown rushed for 2,100 yards and 36 touchdowns this season. He was recently named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" team which honors the top 22 players in the Pittsburgh area. Brown is considering offers from CMU and the University of Iowa.

Visiting from Georgia will be cornerback Trey Buice (5-10, 175) of Tucker (Ga.) High School. The Chippewas have done well recruiting cornerbacks from the Peach Tree State with the likes of Raeshon Ball and Ronnie Jackson starting this season as true freshmen.

Closer to home, quarterback Jean Pitts (5-10, 170) of East Lansing (Mich.) High School will make the short trip up U.S. 127 for his official visit. Pitts has been clocked at 4.32 in the 40-yard dash and was rated among the top quarterbacks this season in the talent rich Lansing area. He is being recruited as an athlete by CMU.

Two in-state players who were the first to commit to the Chippewas 2005 class this summer will be making their official visits this weekend too.

Those players are tight end Allen Ollenburger of Charlotte (Mich.) High School and wide receiver Bryan Anderson, who recently led Rockford (Mich.) High School to the Division 1 (big school) state title. Last weekend Anderson was named to the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team.

Another player who was verbally committed to CMU and had scheduled his official visit this weekend was quarterback Zach Jones of Morris (Ill.) High School. This week, Jones reportedly changed his commitment to Ball State and will make his official visit there this weekend instead.


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