Fenton Commits to CMU

Birmingham (Mich.) Seaholm linebacker Adam Fenton had already garnered four scholarship offers, but Saturday afternoon he received the one he'd been waiting for, from Central Michigan University, and committed to the Chippewas on the spot.

Saturday was a bleak, rainy day in Detroit, but for Adam Fenton, who was attending a football camp at Wayne State University, it was a great day.

A tough, athletic 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker out of Birmingham (Mich.) Seaholm High School, Fenton had already received scholarship offers from Army, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo before attending the WSU camp yesterday.

It was there that Central Michigan coaches saw him one more time and a scholarship offer soon followed.

"I called (CMU assistant) coach (Zach) Azzanni around 3:30 yesterday afternoon and he offered me a scholarship," Fenton said. "I committed right away.

"I already had the four offers and I was supposed to call Western Michigan yesterday to receive an offer, but once CMU offered, there was no reason to wait around because CMU is where I wanted to go," Fenton added.

Fenton said he attended CMU's spring game in April before attending camp there June 25. He said he became convinced after these visits that CMU was the best place for him.

"I didn't know that much about CMU before that," Fenton said. "At the spring game I was impressed by all the great student support, it was a bigtime atmosphere. I also love the CMU campus."

Last season, Fenton played outside linebacker for Seaholm, garnering 91 tackles. He teamed with tight end Mitch Kessel, who committed to Cincinnati over CMU this past week, leading the Maples to a 5-4 record.

"It would have been great to play with Mitch in college, but I wish him well at Cincinnati," Fenton said. "For Seaholm, this is the first time in 15 years we've had a Division I (college football) player, but two in one year is a record for Seaholm."

Although Fenton plays outside backer for the Maples, he said the CMU coaches have different plans for him.

"CMU wants me to play inside linebacker at the 'Mike' or 'Will' position," said Fenton, who's been clocked at 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash. "I'm a very aggressive player."

Fenton becomes the fifth known verbal commitment in the Chippewas' 2009 recruiting class and the third Michigan prep player, joining wide receiver Cody Wilson of Rochester Adams and athlete Jason Johnson of Durand.

Fenton said he's very familiar with Wilson since Rochester Adams is a rival of Seaholm's in the Oakland Activities Association.

"Cody is a real good player," Fenton said. "He's fast and runs crisp routes."

The recruiting process has come to a close for Fenton and he said he couldn't be happier to be a Chippewa.

Fenton concluded, "I'm a firm commitment to CMU."

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