Michigan Tight End Commits to the Chippewas

The Central Michigan University football program returned to Warren (Mich.) De La Salle Collegiate High School this summer to secure a verbal commitment from a player who helped lead the Pilots to the Michigan Division 2 state title game last season.

Tight end David Blackburn of Warren (Mich.) De La Salle Collegiate High School verbally committed to Central Michigan University in May according to De La Salle head coach Paul Verska.

"The CMU coaches came down and offered him a scholarhip and David committed the next day after talking it over with his parents," Verska said. "He'd been up there for CMU's Junior Day and also for the spring game this year and he just loved it."

Verska said CMU was the 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end's first offer, but not his last.

"A week after he committed to CMU, Purdue stopped in and wanted to offer him as an H-back but David told them he wasn't interested, he was going to CMU," Verska said.

According to Verska, the Chippewas plan to use Blackburn at tight end or defensive end.

"One of David's greatest attributes is he's unselfish and he does a lot of things well," Verska said.

Last season Blackburn helped lead the Pilots to an 11-3 overall record and a trip to the Division 2 state championship game at Detroit's Ford Field against undefeated and nationally ranked Muskegon High School.

In that game, Blackburn, who runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, caught a 57-yard touchdown pass and De La Salle nearly upset the Big Reds before losing, 32-30.

Verska said he expects De La Salle to have another fine team this fall, led by Blackburn and two other players the Chippewas are recruiting, offensive tackle Scott MacLeod (6-8, 280) and linebacker Kyle Torzy (6-1, 220).

"CMU hasn't offered MacLeod yet, they want to watch him play a few games at tackle this fall," Verska said. "Purdue likes him a lot too, but they also want to see him play this fall."

Verska said MacLeod has an offer from Eastern Michigan but that he expects more offers for his big tackle this fall.

"I think CMU would have a good chance to get Scott if they offered," said Verska, who played for the Chippewas himself in the 1960s.

Blackburn will join two other former De La Salle players at CMU next season, running back Troy Doane and linebacker Shane Torzy, Kyle's older brother.

"David has talked to both Troy and Shane and they told him how much they love it up at CMU," Verska said. "David plans to study Journalism in college and he also liked the fact that CMU has a good program."

Chippewas Insider Top Stories