Chippewas Welcome Key Recruits to Campus

Last night, the Central Michigan University football program won its fifth MAC Championship with a convincing 31-10 victory over Ohio University. Building on that success, today the Chippewas welcome a number of key recruits to campus for official visits.

This is the first big weekend for college football recruiting official visits and for Central Michigan, it couldn't have come at a better time.

On the heels of their convincing 31-10 Mid-American Conference Championship win over Ohio University last night at Detroit's Ford Field, Chippewas Insider has learned that CMU will host 12 recruits on campus this weekend.

Included among the 12 are nine of CMU's 10 verbal commitments: linebacker Zach Benke (6-1, 200) of Stevensville (Mich.) Lakeshore High School; tight end Chris Starkey (6-4, 240), DeWitt (Mich.) H.S.; offensive tackle Jacob Olson (6-8, 240) of Hartford (Wisc.) Union; linebacker Nick Bellore (6-2, 240), Whitefish Bay (Wisc.) H.S.; defensive end J.J. Watt (6-6, 240) of Pewaukee (Wisc.) H.S.; wide receiver Jeremy Wilson (6-4, 200), Davison (Mich.) H.S.; defensive end Lance Beers (6-3, 240) of Dearborn Heights (Mich.) Crestwood; defensive end Kevin Pickelman (6-4, 240) of Marshall (Mich.) H.S.; and linebacker Mike Petrucci (6-2, 215) of Milford (Mich.) High School.

CMU's other current verbal commitment, quarterback Audie Cole of Monroe (Mich.) High School, will reportedly take his official visit next weekend (Dec. 8-10).

Joining the nine players this weekend who've already verbally committed to the Chippewas are offensive tackle Miles Stroter (6-6, 330) of Chicago King High School, tight end Rocky Weaver (6-5, 230) of Battle Creek (Mich.) Harper Creek High School and fullback/linebacker Ashton Leggett (5-11, 225) of Muskegon (Mich.) High School.

Both Stroter and Weaver have already reportedly been offered a scholarship by CMU while Leggett has not. Stroter also reports offers from Illinois, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Akron and Mississippi State.

In addition to the Chippewas, Weaver reports offers from Eastern Michigan and WMU.

Leggett rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 31 touchdowns this season in leading Muskegon High to a state title. For his efforts he was recently named to the Detroit News All-State Dream Team. Leggett reports offers from EMU and Buffalo as well as recruiting interest from Indiana in addition to CMU.

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