Chippewas Look to Finalize Recruiting Class

The Central Michigan University football program is close to wrapping up an outstanding 2005 recruiting class. Some key visitors to campus this weekend could bring closure to this class.

Chippewas Insider has learned that at least five high school prospects will be making official visits to Central Michigan University this weekend.

The prospects include running back Clifford Gilliam (5-9, 170) of Galena Park (Texas) North Shore High School, who gave the Chippewas a verbal commitment yesterday.

Another Texan scheduled to visit this weekend is quarterback/athlete Duane Brooks (5-10, 170) of Irving MacArthur High School. Brooks' teammate, defensive end Daimyeon Hoskin, committed to CMU last weekend during his official visit to campus.

Sandersville (Ga.) Washington County High School provided CMU with two standout defensive players in last year's recruitng class, Chris Boss and Antrione Archer. This year, the Chippewas have returned to Washington County in hopes of adding free safety Josh Gordy (5-11, 185), who is also making his official visit to campus this weekend.

Completing the Chippewas visit list for this weekend are two standout defensive backs from Plantation (Fla.) High School, safety Brandon Jackson (6-0, 185) and cornerback Dennis Campbell (5-10, 185).

Both Jackson and Campbell have received multiple offers. Campbell made a "soft" verbal commitment to Rutgers following his visit there the weekend of Dec. 3. He also visited Pittsburgh the weekend of Jan. 7.

With the verbal commitment of Gilliam, CMU now has four scholarships remaining for its 2005 recruiting class. Another running back who was scheduled to visit this weekend, Tyrell Fenroy (5-9, 190) of La Place (La.) St. Charles Catholic High School, made a verbal commitment last night to Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Chippewas are still waiting to hear from cornerback Trey Buice (5-10, 170) of Tucker (Ga.) High School. Buice completed visits to both CMU and Ball State in December and is expected to decide any day between the two schools.


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