Florida Quarterback Commits to the Chippewas

The Central Michigan University football program has added a highly-touted Florida quarterback to its 2007 recruiting class.

Chippewas Insider has learned that quarterback Derek Rifenbury of Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch High School made a verbal commitment to Central Michigan University this past weekend during an official visit to campus.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Rifenbury becomes the 17th overall member and the lone quarterback in CMU's 2007 recruiting class.

As a junior at Monarch High, Rifenbury passed for 2,036 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Rifenbury recently competed in NFL Global Junior Championship XI, an annual amateur competition held during Super Bowl week.

Team USA was comprised of the top players from two south Florida counties, Broward and Miami/Dade. The Florida team competed against national teams from Canada, Mexico, Panama, France and Japan.

Rifenbury tossed two touchdowns passes in a 23-13 loss to Team Canada in the championship game.

As a Chippewa, Rifenbury will have the opportunity to compete against his former Monarch teammate and favorite target, tight end Anthony Middleton, who signed earlier this month with rival Western Michigan.

CMU signed 16 players to its 2007 recruiting class on national signing day, Feb. 7, including another Floridia standout, fullback/linebacker Johnnie Daniels of Miami Christopher Columbus High School.

One scouting service rated Daniels the No. 8 prep fullback in the nation.

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