Fantuzzi Weighing College Options

Two months ago, Macomb (Mich.) Dakota High School offensive lineman Jeff Fantuzzi attended Central Michigan University's spring football game. Since then, he's been attending summer camps and weighing his college options. Fantuzzi updates Chippewas Insider on his recruitment.

Offensive tackle Jeff Fantuzzi of Macomb (Mich.) Dakota High School is rated among the top linemen in the Midwest for the class of 2009.

He currently holds five scholarship offers, including one from Central Michigan, but said he expects more offers soon.

"Everything is going well," Fantuzzi said. "Right now I have offers from CMU, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois.

"I just spoke with (CMU assistant) coach (Zach) Azzanni," Fantuzzi added. "He just asked me how my day was going and how life was treating me. He's great."

This week, Fantuzzi said he's been attending camps at North Carolina and N.C. State. He also recently attended camps at Michigan and the University of Cincinnati.

"I really feel like North Carolina, N.C. State, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati could be close to offering me," Fantuzzi said. "Friday I'll be visiting Bowling Green and Saturday I'll be attending CMU's camp at Wayne State University."

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Fantuzzi said the Chippewas are definitely among his top three schools.

"I really like the coaching staff at CMU," Fantuzzi said. "Almost any school you go to can provide you with a nice uniform, weightroom and training facility, but the people at CMU are what make the difference. They're a class act."

Fantuzzi said he's excited to begin his senior season at Dakota High, where the Cougars are back-to-back Division 1 (big school) state football champions. Fantuzzi was a starter on both those 2006 and 2007 teams. This season, he's been selected as one of the team captains.

"I'm honored to be named a team captain," Fantuzzi said. "We're working extra hard this summer going for our third consecutive state title."

Fantuzzi said he hasn't really established a firm timeline for making his college choice.

Fantuzzi concluded, "When recruiting stops being fun, when I feel pressured, I'll make a decision."

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