Fourteen of the incoming recruits are projected to line up on the defensive side of the ball, including 12 likely defensive backs. Eleven are ticketed for offensive duty, including trios of running backs, wide receivers and offensive linemen. A kicker is also part of the class of signees.
Eight different states are represented in the class, with 10 recruits hailing from Michigan and nine from Florida. The group also includes CMU's first high school recruit from the state of California since 2000.
Kelly identified four primary goals the program accomplished during the recruiting process.
"First and foremost, it is important for us to recruit our state," Kelly said. "I thought we did a tremendous job within the state of Michigan in finding those student-athletes who are the best fit for our program. Secondly, we had a specific need in the secondary that we needed to address. With signing a total of 12 defensive backs, we have gone a long way toward solidifying what had been a vulnerable area.
"Third, we looked for linemen who can move their feet and are athletic," he continued. "These kids play with the type of demeanor that we want our players to bring to every practice and every game. And fourth, we looked for skill. We wanted players who we considered to be playmakers, and we have identified some individuals who we think fit into that class."
Kelly also lauded the efforts of his coaching staff over the past several months during the recruiting process.
"We had to overcome the adversity of having two coaches leave during the recruiting process, so everybody on the staff had to pick up the slack," Kelly said. "We had a lot of coaches in areas that are not normal for them, but I thought the commitment of our staff throughout the process was outstanding."
Central Michigan finished 6-5 overall, 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference in 2005. It marked the Chippewas' first winning season since 1998.
2006 CMU Football Recruits
Name Pos Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Vincent Agnew DB 5-10 175 Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central HS
Marcel Archer RB 5-11 195 Miami, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS
Dannie Bolden DB 6-0 170 Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge HS
Cam Bramer FB 6-0 187 Olivet, Mich./Olivet HS
Tim Brazzel DB 5-11 170 Smyrna, Ga./Campbell HS
Levi Brezee OL 6-7 270 Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea HS
Mike Canfield QB 6-1 217 Lansing, Mich./Everett HS
Donald Connelly LB 6-0 220 Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison HS
Keith Dixson DB 6-2 180 Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS
Kirkston Edwards DB 6-2 175 Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens Community HS
Brett Hartmann K/P 6-3 218 Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls HS
Robby Leith WR 6-4 192 Ventura, Calif./Ventura HS
Jeff Maddux OL 6-3 302 Temperance, Mich./Monroe HS
Tommy Mama DB 5-10 171 Miramar, Fla./Miami Pace HS
E.J. McLaughlin DB 6-0 185 East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids HS
Colin Miller OL 6-3 270 Centreville, Va./Centreville HS
Chris Morris WR 5-10 170 Plano, Texas/Plano East HS
Sean Murnane DL 6-3 240 Green Oaks, Ill./Carmel High School
Kito Poblah DB 6-1 174 Miramar, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter HS
Anthony Quinn TE 6-4 240 Grand Rapids, Mich./East Kentwood HS
Bobby Seay DB 5-10 175 Pembroke Pines, Fla./Everglades HS
Matthew Torres WR 6-1 185 Naples, Fla./Naples HS
Xavier Torres DB 5-11 180 Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech HS
Carl Volny RB 5-10 180 Miramar, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter HS
Chaz West DB 5-10 170 Pompano Beach, Fla./Blanche Ely HS
Josh Wilkins DB 5-11 175 Riviera Beach, Fla./Dwyer HS
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Vince Agnew • Defensive Back • 5-10 • 175 • Grand Rapids, Mich. • Catholic Central High School
At Catholic Central: Three-year starter and letterman as a defensive back and receiver ... versatile athlete also lettered four times in track and field and twice in basketball ... intercepted 11 passes in his career ... as a senior, accounted for 1,425 all-purpose yards - 601 rushing, 432 receiving and 392 on kick returns ... scored 13 touchdowns as a senior ... garnered all-state first team accolades, along with all-city and all-area honors ... helped lead Catholic Central to a 12-2 record and state runner-up finish in 2005 ... No. 39 on the Detroit News Blue Chip List. Personal: Chose CMU over Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan ... prep coach was Tom Passinault ... son of Valencia Darron Agnew ... born 12/28/87.
Marcel Archer • Running Back • 5-11 • 195 • Miami, Fla. • St. Thomas Aquinas High School At St. Thomas Aquinas: Three-year letterman and two-year starter in the backfield ... ran for 1,835 career yards and 17 touchdowns ... collected 896 yards and 10 touchdowns as St. Thomas Aquinas finished 13-1 and Florida Class 5A state runner-up in 2005 ... all-county honoree ... also a varsity letterwinner in track and field. Personal: Prep coach was George Smith ... chose CMU over Florida International and Florida Atlantic ... son of Bernadette Gonzales ... born 4/17/88.
Dannie Bolden • Defensive Back • 6-0 • 170 • Lansing, Mich. • Grand Ledge High School
At Grand Ledge: Multi-sport athlete, earning three varsity letters in football and basketball and two in track and field ... collected 25 tackles, three interceptions and scored a pair of touchdowns despite missing parts of four games with injuries in 2005 ... tallied 50 tackles and five interceptions as a junior in 2004 ... garnered all-conference honorable mention honors as a senior and first team accolades as a junior ... honorable mention all-state pick in basketball as a junior ... two-time all-conference first team selection on the hardwood. Personal: Also considered Bowling Green and Hawai'i ... prep coach was Pat O'Keefe ... parents are Daniel and Betty Bolden ... born 9/29/88.
Cam Bramer • Fullback • 6-0 • 187 • Olivet, Mich. • Olivet High School
At Olivet: Dual-sport athlete, earning four letters in football and basketball ... rushed for 1,918 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2005 ... scored 36 total touchdowns last season ... ran for 5,178 yards and 79 touchdowns in his prep career ... one of just 12 players in state history to rush for 5,000 yards in high school career ... led team to a 10-1 record and first-round playoff win as a senior ... collected all-state accolades as a junior and senior ... Michigan Class C Player of the Year in 2005 ... ranked as the No. 31 prospect in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press ... No. 29 on the Detroit News Blue Chip List ... all-state selection in basketball as well. Personal: Chose CMU over Eastern Michigan ... prep coach was Dean Peters ... parents are Rob and Christine Bramer ... Rob lettered in football at CMU in 1983 ... born 10/5/87.
Tim Brazzel • Defensive Back • 5-11 • 170 • Smyrna, Ga. • Campbell High School
At Campbell: Two-year starter in the secondary ... second leading tackler among his teammates in 2005 as a free safety ... also a two-year letterman in track and field. Personal: Selected CMU over Tulane and Georgia Southern ... prep coach was Kyle Hockman ... son of Sonya Brazzel ... 1/20/88.
Levi Brezee • Offensive Line • 6-7 • 270 • Chelsea, Mich. • Chelsea High School
At Chelsea: Two-year letterman on the gridiron ... also lettered in wrestling and track and field ... earned all-league and all-metro honors as a senior ... part of a 9-0 team as a junior ... ranked 31st on the Detroit News Blue Chip List ... listed as the No. 47 prospect in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press. Personal: Chose CMU over Eastern Michigan and Toledo ... prep coach was Brad Bush ... parents are Shane and Delphine Brezee ... born 4/17/88.
Mike Canfield • Quarterback • 6-1 • 217 • Lansing, Mich. • Everett High School
At Everett: Three-year starter at Everett after starting as a freshman at Lansing Eastern High School ... multi-dimensional athlete who also lettered three times in basketball and twice each in baseball and track and field ... threw for 2,193 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2005 ... also rushed for 650 yards and seven scores in his senior campaign ... collected all-conference honors all four years of his high school career... two-time all-state special mention honoree ... tied for 12th all-time in Michigan with 52 career touchdown passes ... ranked as the No. 10 prospect in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press ... No. 16 on the Detroit News Blue Chip List. Personal: Prep coach was Marcelle Carruthers, a four-year letterman and former assistant coach at CMU ... chose CMU over Northern Illinois and Toledo ... son of Tracy Keaton ... born 9/29/87.
Donald Connelly • Linebacker • 6-0 • 220 • Farmington Hills, Mich. • Harrison High School
At Harrison: Three-year starter ... two-way player, lining up at linebacker and fullback ... recorded 84 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, as a senior ... also broke up 12 passes, recovered two fumbles and blocked two kicks ... on offense, rushed for 626 yards and 11 touchdowns ... Harrison finished 10-3 overall in 2005 ... collected all-conference, all-county, all-metro and all-state accolades ... ranked as the No. 23 prospect in Michigan on the Detroit News Blue Chip List ... listed as the No. 37 prospect in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press. Personal: Chose CMU over Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Cincinnati ... prep coach was John Herrington ... parents are Donald and Linda Connelly ... born 12/5/87.
Keith Dixson • Defensive Back • 6-2 • 180 • Flint, Mich. • Carman-Ainsworth High School
At Carman-Ainsworth: Two-year letterman as a cornerback and receiver ... intercepted six passes, returning two for scores, and broke up five passes in 2005 ... also caught 31 passes for 531 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns as a senior ... earned all-league and all-area first team honors on defense ... second team all-league selection on offense ... ranked as the No. 41 prospect in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press ... No. 49 on the Detroit News Blue Chip List ... earned two varsity letters in both basketball and track and field. Personal: Selected CMU over Michigan State ... prep coach was Jerry Parker ... son of Kevin and Tonya Dixson ... born 9/25/88.
Kirkston Edwards • Defensive Back • 6-2 • 175 • Wellington, Fla. • Palm Beach Gardens Community HS
At Palm Beach Gardens Community: Two-year starter and letterman ... also a two-year letterman on the track and field squad ... helped lead team to a 13-1 record and Class 6A state title as a senior. Personal: Picked CMU over Florida Atlantic and South Florida ... prep coach was Kevin Fleury ... parents are Caroline Edwards and Dondi McCullough ... born 9/13/87.
Brett Hartmann • Kicker/Punter • 6-3 • 218 • Menomonee Falls, Wis. • Menomonee Falls High School
At Menomonee Falls: Four-year letterman ... team's starting kicker and punter for four years and starting tight end for two seasons ... 28 of his 48 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks in 2005 ... converted 33-of-37 extra points and 2-of-3 field goals as a senior ... averaged 35.2 yards per punt ... caught 32 passes for 658 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end last season ... three-time all-conference selection as a kicker and two-time honoree as a tight end ... two-time all-county honoree as a tight end and kicker ... all-suburban pick as a kicker, punter and tight end ... all-area honors as a tight end and punter ... all-region pick at tight end ... also a two-year letterman on the golf team. Personal: Also considered Northwestern and Baylor ... prep coach was Bob Vitale ... parents are Tom and Jean Hartmann ... born 8/17/87.
Robby Leith • Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 192 • Ventura, Calif. • Ventura High School
At Ventura: Two-year starter ... holds school records for receptions in a season and a career ... caught 71 passes for 1,502 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior as Ventura finished 11-2 overall ... named to All-Channel League first team ... tabbed league's Receiver of the Year ... collected all-county and All-California Interscholastic Federation first team accolades ... named to second team Elite CIF squad ... also a two-year letterman on the track and field team. Personal: Also considered Boise State, Colorado State and BYU ... prep coach was Brad Steward ... parents are Jennifer Speakman and Rob Leith ... born 11/17/88.
Jeff Maddux • Offensive Line • 6-3 • 302 • Temperance, Mich. • Monroe High School
At Monroe: Three-year starter on the offensive line ... only player to win Art Price Award (team's most valuable lineman) three times ... all-state special mention honoree in 2005 ... All-Mega Red first team selection ... member of the Detroit Free Press Dream Team ... ranked as the No. 15 prospect in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press ... No. 19 on the Detroit News Blue Chip List ... two-year letterman in wrestling. Personal: Chose CMU over Michigan State, Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio) ... prep coach was Greg Hudkins ... parents are David and Kathy Maddux ... born 8/6/88.
Tommy Mama • Defensive Back • 5-10 • 171 • Miramar, Fla. • Miami Pace High School
At Miami Pace: Four-year letterman and two-year starter ... collected 40 tackles and four interceptions as a senior in 2005 ... also caught 13 passes for 250 yards and a score ... made 40 tackles as a junior from his cornerback position ... two-time honorable mention all-conference selection ... also lettered one season in basketball. Personal: Chose CMU over Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio) and South Florida ... prep coach was Joe Zaccheo ... parents are Gerard and Jocelyne Mama ... born 11/6/88.
E.J. McLaughlin • Defensive Back • 6-0 • 185 • East Grand Rapids, Mich. • East Grand Rapids High School
At East Grand Rapids: Earned varsity letters in football and basketball ... scored touchdowns four different ways as a senior ... defensively, recorded 51 stops and intercepted two passes from his safety position ... rushed for 313 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry, and scored six touchdowns in 2005 ... also caught a touchdown pass, returned a punt 57 yards for a score and ran a kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown ... helped lead team to a 10-1 record in 2005 ... all-state honorable mention selection ... garnered all-conference accolades ... ranked as the No. 19 prospect in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press ... No. 42 on the Detroit News Blue Chip List. Personal: Selected CMU over Western Michigan and Toledo ... prep coach was Peter Stuursma ... son of Eric McLaughlin ... born 2/20/88.
Colin Miller • Offensive Line • 6-3 • 270 • Centreville, Va. • Centreville High School
At Centreville: Three-year starter ... earned first team all-state honors as a senior ... part of an offensive line that led the way for a 47-point-per-game offense ... second team all-state honoree as a defensive lineman ... led his teammates with 77 tackles and recorded six sacks ... named to the George Michael Golden 11 all-star team ... collected four varsity letters in wrestling. Personal: Chose CMU over Akron and Temple ... prep coach was Mike Skinner ... son of Elizabeth Miller ... born 11/22/87.
Chris Morris • Wide Receiver • 5-10 • 170 • Plano, Texas • Plano East High School
At Plano East: Two-year letterman on the gridiron ... also earned three varsity letters in track and field ... caught 30 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns in 2005 ... also ran 50 times for 371 yards and two scores ... scored on a 79-yard touchdown run in a 17-13 win in the first round of the state playoffs ... garnered All-District 8-5A honors and All-Collin County accolades ... helped lead Plano East to a 6-6 record and regional final appearance. Personal: Also considered LSU, Arkansas, TCU and Oklahoma State ... prep coach was Johnny Ringo ... son of Melvin and Bernia Morris ... born 5/30/88.
Sean Murnane • Defensive Line • 6-3 • 240 • Green Oaks, Ill./Carmel High School
At Carmel: Three-year starter ... recorded 76 tackles, including 10 for a loss and five sacks, and intercepted a pass in 2005 ... garnered all-conference, all-area and all-state recognition as a senior ... earned all-conference honors as a linebacker in 2004 ... started at defensive end as a sophomore and was the lone sophomore starter on Carmel's 2003 state championship team ... also lettered in basketball. Personal: Chose CMU over Air Force and Boise State ... prep coach was Andy Bitto ... son of Mike and Cindy Murnane ... born 6/10/87.
Kito Poblah • Defensive Back • 6-1 • 174 • Miramar, Fla. • Pembroke Pines Charter High School
At Pembroke Pines Charter: Four-year letterman and three-year starter ... played quarterback, receiver and defensive back during high school career ... threw for 400 yards and ran for 500 yards and 10 scores in 2005 ... senior season cut to six games due to hurricanes in Florida ... All-Broward County second team choice ... selected to play in the Broward County All-Star Game ... teammate of fellow CMU signee Carl Volny ... two-year letterman in both basketball and track and field ... averages 20 points per game on the hardwood. Personal: Selected CMU over Akron and Colorado State ... prep coach was Steve Bruns ... son of Marlene Poblah ... born 9/18/87.
Anthony Quinn • Tight End • 6-4 • 240 • Grand Rapids, Mich. • East Kentwood High School
At East Kentwood: Three-year starter ... caught 20 passes for 188 yards and two scores last season ... led his teammates with 96 tackles in 2005 ... collected first team all-conference accolades in 2004 and honorable mention recognition in 2005 ... garnered all-area honors both seasons ... ranked as the No. 33 prospect in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press ... No. 45 on the Detroit News Blue Chip List ... three-year letterman in basketball and two-year letterman in track and field. Personal: Chose CMU over Eastern Michigan and Indiana ... prep coach was Eddie Ostipow ... son of Anthony and Mischelle Quinn ... born 1/17/88.
Bobby Seay • Defensive Back • 5-10 • 175 • Pembroke Pines, Fla. • Everglades High School
At Everglades: Three-year letterman in football and track and field ... named team MVP in 2005 after compiling 75 tackles, 10 sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two blocked punts and three safeties ... tabbed team's defensive MVP as a junior after collecting 65 tackles, eight sacks, five interceptions, three blocked field goals and two safeties ... named MVP of the Broward County All-Star Game ... served as a captain in the Nike Dade-Broward All-Star Game ... garnered first team all-county honors from the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald ... helped lead team to a 9-1 record and berth in the Class 6A regional semifinals. Personal: Chose CMU over Maryland, Pittsburgh and Arkansas State ... prep coach was Mike Palmeri ... son of Sylvia Seay ... born 5/5/88.
Matt Torres • Wide Receiver • 6-1 • 185 • Naples, Fla. • Naples High School
At Naples: Two-year starter ... earned all-conference and all-county first team accolades ... honorable mention All-Southwest Florida selection ... caught 39 passes and scored six touchdowns as a senior ... also lettered in baskeball. Personal: Selected CMU over Central Florida, Ball State, Florida Atlantic and Duke ... prep coach was Bill Kramer ... son of Tito Torres ... born 12/30/87.
Xavier Torres • Defensive Back • 5-11 • 180 • Chicago, Ill. • Lane Tech High School
At Lane Tech: Four-year starter and letterman as a receiver and defensive back ... racked up 900 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior ... intercepted four passes in 2005 ... garnered first team all-city and all-conference accolades ... named honorable mention all-state. Personal: Also considered Air Force and Holy Cross ... prep coach was Rich Rio ... parents are Frankie Robles and Lisa Ortiz ... born 7/21/88.
Carl Volny • Running Back • 5-10 • 180 • Miramar, Fla. • Pembroke Pines Charter High School
At Pembroke Pines Charter: Four-year starter in the backfield ... ran for 899 yards and 14 touchdowns during 2005 season that was cut to six games due to hurricanes ... ran for 1,114 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior ... collected 936 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2003 ... All-Broward County first team selection ... named to the Broward County all-star team ... earned two letters in track and field and one in basketball ... teammate of fellow CMU recruit Kito Poblah. Personal: Also considered Akron and Colorado State ... prep coach was Steve Bruns ... son of Laurence Medard ... born 12/25/87.
Chaz West • Defensive Back • 5-10 • 170 • Pompano Beach, Fla. • Blanche Ely High School
At Blanche Ely: Two-year starter and letterman ... collected 43 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior ... also tallied nine sacks and returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown in 2005 ... helped lead his team to a 13-3 record and spot in the state semifinals ... accounted for 40 tackles and intercepted three passes as a junior in 2004 ... earned all-conference accolades in 2005 ... selected to play in the Broward County All-Star Game ... also lettered one season in basketball. Personal: Chose CMU over Toledo, Akron and Central Florida ... prep coach was Greg McGirt ... son of Francenna Carter-West ... born 7/4/88.
Josh Wilkins • Defensive Back • 5-11 • 175 • Riviera Beach, Fla. • Dwyer High School
At Dwyer: Three-year letterman and two-year starter ... collected 55 tackles, seven pass break-ups and one interception last season ... earned all-conference and honorable mention all-area honors ... helped lead team to 11-1 record and berth in Class 4A regional semifinals ... earned one varsity letter in track and field. Personal: Also considered Minnesota, Northwestern and Southern Illinois ... prep coach was Jack Daniels ... grandson of Robert Wilkins ... born 7/4/88.
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