Beers Still Firmly Committed to CMU

Defensive end Lance Beers of Dearborn Heights (Mich.) Crestwood High School verbally committed to Central Michigan University in August. With the recent departure of former CMU head coach Brian Kelly to Cincinnati, two rival Mid-American Conference schools have stepped-up their recruitment of Beers.

Defensive end Lance Beers spent last weekend on his official visit to Central Michigan.

The Dearborn Heights (Mich.) Crestwood High School product couldn't have been happier. The players, the coaches, facilities and the campus were all great, he said.

He arrived home Sunday only to find out that the man who he thought would be his head coach, Brian Kelly, had accepted an offer to become the head coach at the University of Cincinnati late that afternoon.

"I was in shock," Beers said. "I couldn't believe it."

Beers said once he got over the initial shock of Kelly leaving, he came to the realization that he committed to the CMU program, not its head coach.

"I committed to CMU," Beers said. "I like the direction of the program. I haven't done much winning at Crestwood so I want to go to a place like CMU where others feel the same way I do."

At 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, Beers is a tough, hard-nosed defensive end who uses his 4.68 speed to chase down quarterbacks and running backs. He was a standout performer on a 4-5 Crestwood team this season.

His exploits on the gridiron didn't go unnoticed by Big Ten and MAC schools either. Beers said Illinois began recruiting him following his sophomore year. The Chippewas, as well as Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan, soon followed.

Beers said he eventually received scholarship offers from all three Michigan MAC schools and is still receiving heavy interest from Illinois. It was CMU though, that won him over.

"I just love it up there," Beers said. "My visit to CMU was unbelievable, all the players were great.

"I'm an outdoorsman," added Beers. "I like to hunt and fish and that area is really nice."

Beers said another reason he committed to the Chippewas is because of CMU strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo.

"Coach Longo is a huge part of why I committed to CMU," Beers said.

Since Sunday, when Kelly announced he was leaving for Cincinnati, Beers said his phone has been ringing off the hook.

"Eastern and Western both want me to take a visit," Beers said. "Illinois and Wisconsin are also still recruiting me."

So, where does Beers stand with his commitment to the Chippewas?

"I'm a solid verbal to CMU," Beers said. "I'm looking forward to going in there and competing for playing time."

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