Chippewas Complete 2005 Recruiting Class

The Central Michigan University football program this week put the finishing touches on an outstanding 2005 recruiting class. The Chippewas recently lost one verbal commitment, but more than made up for that loss with some late additions to complete this class.

Central Michigan University is expected to sign 24 student-athletes to national letters of intent tomorrow.

Earlier this week, the Chippewas lost linebacker Chris Mitchell of Houston (Texas) Westfield, when he changed his verbal commitment to the University of Houston.

In place of Mitchell, CMU has added six other scholarship players and one preferred walk-on this week to complete its 2005 recruiting class.

Recent verbal commitments to the Chippewas include free safety Josh Gordy (5-11, 185) of Sandersville (Ga.) Washington County High School; defensive end Larry Knight (6-3, 225) of Augusta (Ga.) Glenn Hills H.S.; strong safety Brandon Jackson (6-0, 185) of Plantation (Fla.) H.S.; linebacker Ontario Sneed (6-2, 205) of Clinton (Ill.) H.S.; athlete Duane Brooks (5-10, 170) of Irving (Texas) MacArthur H.S.; and running back Anthony Boykins (5-9, 185) of Dallas (Texas) Skyline H.S.

Tight end Calvin Hissong (6-5, 200) of Haslett (Mich.), who visited CMU this past weekend, is also expected to join the Chippewas. Hissong turned down a scholarship offer from Division II power Grand Valley State University to be a preferred walk-on at CMU.

Sneed could play running back or linebacker for the Chippewas. He rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this season for Clinton. He picked CMU over offers and recruiting interest from Southern Illinois, Western Illinois and Colorado.

Boykins has been clocked at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He had 154 carries for 777 yards and 18 TDs this season to lead Skyline to an 8-3 record. He was named to the All-District 9-5A team and competed in the Texas High School All-Star game played this past weekend.

Although Brooks excelled at quarterback for MacArthur High, he was recruited as an athlete by CMU. He could play cornerback or wide receiver for the Chippewas. He joins teammate Daimyeon Hoskin in CMU's 2005 class.

Jackson is a highly recruited safety who earned the nickname "headache" because of the hard hits he puts on opponents. Jackson picked CMU over offers from Bowling Green and Akron.

Gordy is a consenus Class AAA All-State selection in Georgia, where he led Washington County to the state title game in the Georgia Dome. Gordy made six interceptions in six games this season after being moved to safety. He joins former high school teammates Antrione Archer and Chris Boss at CMU. He picked the Chippewas over Louisville, Wofford and Georgia Southern.

Knight helped lead Glenn Hills to an 8-3 record this season. He picked CMU over Division I-AA National Champion James Madison.

Hissong is a great all-around athlete who could compete for playing time at tight end in the future once he adds some bulk to his 6-5 frame.

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