CMU Legacy Out to Prove Doubters Wrong

Running back Cam Bramer of Olivet (Mich.) High School will be the first one to tell you he plays with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. The Michigan Class C Player of the Year recently made a verbal commitment to Central Michigan University and he can't wait to get started for the Chippewas.

Running back Cam Bramer (6-0, 200) knows that some people question whether he's good enough to play Division I-A college football. They will tell you that Bramer padded his stats against inferior competition.

Bramer laughs at such people and he is out to prove them wrong the next four years while playing football in the Mid-American Conference for Central Michigan University.

"Since I played for a small school and we had a good team, there were three or four games I didn't even play in the second half," said Bramer, who's been clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. "I'm tired of some people saying I pad my stats."

Recently named the Michigan Class C All-State Player of the Year, Bramer led Olivet to a 10-1 record and appearance in the Michigan Division 6 district finals this season.

Offensively, he carried 216 times for 1,913 yards and 32 touchdowns. He garnered the second best rushing totals in the Lansing area behind Brandon Dunn of Lansing Sexton. A great all-around athlete, Bramer helped lead Olivet to the Class C state basketball title in March.

"I'm really happy that Central gave me the opportunity and I'm going to go out and prove the big schools wrong," Bramer added. "I know what I can do and I'm going to show it the next four years."

Bramer made a verbal commitment to CMU Sunday night Dec. 4 after returning home from an official visit to campus that weekend. His father Rob Bramer earned a letter in 1983 playing football for the Chippewas.

"I've got good genes, my dad was a great athlete who ran a 4.3 40," Bramer said. "He was telling me how much everything has changed at CMU since he played there. The facilities are just great."

Bramer said CMU head coach Brian Kelly recruited him to be a running back.

"Coach Kelly said he was impressed with my tape," Bramer said. "He thought I read the holes well and made good cuts. He said I have three dimensions: I can catch the ball, run between the tackles and outside, and I can block.

"Coach Kelly said he has a knack for finding the right athlete for his program whether at a big school or small one like Olivet," Bramer added.

Bramer said Michigan State was very interested in him as a safety. He said he attended the Spartans camp in June when they pulled him aside and told him he had raw potential. Michign State rated Bramer among the top seven defensive players at the camp, he said.

"Besides CMU, I was receiving recruiting interest from Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Toledo," Bramer said. "Eastern was very close to offering a scholarship (before I committed to CMU).

"The coaches (at CMU) are all great guys, that's what convinced me to go there," Bramer added. "CMU is a real classy program and the players spoke highly of the coaches."

Bramer laughed when asked about a recent article in the Lansing State Journal that said he chose CMU over Division II power Grand Valley.

"My dad and I got a chuckle out of that article," Bramer said. "I was interested in Grand Valley, but it wasn't like that."

Bramer said the Chippewas started recruiting him his junior year after he'd attended a two-day camp at CMU the previous summer. He is excited about his future in Mount Pleasant.

"Coach Kelly said he wants me to get up to 210 or 215 pounds before the fall," Bramer said. "He didn't say anything about redshirting because they're such a young team.

"There's no doubt in my mind I can play as a true freshman," Bramer added. "I guess maybe I do have a chip on my shoulder and want to prove my doubters wrong."

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