For Aaron Kaczmarski, the decision to accept an athletic scholarship from Central Michigan University was one of the easiest he's ever made.
"I knew I wanted to go to Central," said Kaczmarski, who also held offers from Ball State and Eastern Michigan, and recruiting interest from Michigan State and Syracuse, among other schools. "I had real good vibes about CMU when I was up there for the spring game and later football camp. It's like one big family."
Kaczmarski said he was offered a scholarship by the Chippewas about two weeks ago after he attended camp at the beginning of June. He committed to CMU last Friday.
"I went to camps at Ball State and Northern Illinois, but it wasn't like the CMU camp," Kaczmarski said. "The CMU coaches stood out. They motivated you but weren't on you constantly. I knew they just wanted me to do well and I liked that."
A 6-foot-6, 245-pound lineman, Kaczmarski said he could play on the offensive or defensive line for the Chippewas.
"CMU has told me I could play the three-technique along the defensive line and they also talked to me about playing offensive tackle," Kaczmarski said. "Whatever position they need me to play it's no problem, I'll be happy."
Kaczmarski is already familiar with one of CMU's players, incoming freshman offensive lineman Grant Cartwright, who played at Duneland Athletic Conference rival Chesterton High School.
"Yes, I know Grant, he's a real good player," Kaczmarski said.
Last season, Kaczmarski played defensive end and tight end for Merrillville, which, like CMU, runs the spread offense. Defensively, he tallied 72 tackles, including three sacks, helping lead the Pirates to a 12-2 overall record and an Indiana regional title.
Merrillville head coach Zac Wells believes as good as Kaczmarski was his junior year for the Pirates, his best football is still ahead of him.
"Aaron is a big, physical, athletic player who's still growing into his body," Wells said. "He's a workout machine and will develop into a strong inside player. Aaron will be a good fit at CMU."
Kaczmarski wanted to reassure all Chippewa fans that he is a solid commitment to CMU and has no interest in any Bowl Championship Series schools that might offer late.
"I'm a solid commitment to CMU," Kaczmarski said, "I love it up there."
The Chippewas continue to recruit Kaczmarski's teammate, three-star quarterback Dolapo Macarthy, who's offer sheet includes Indiana, Iowa, Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan, in addition to CMU.
"I hope to be talking to you soon about our quarterback," Wells said. "Dolapo has a lot of respect for the CMU program."
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