Indiana Tight End Commits to CMU

The Central Michigan University football program has received a verbal commitment from one of the highest rated players in the Hoosier State.

The Northwest Indiana Times is reporting that tight end Bobby James of Hobart (Ind.) High School verbally committed to Central Michigan University late Wednesday night.

James, who caught 41 passes for 639 yards and seven touchdowns last season, picked the Chippewas over offers from Syracuse, Colorado State, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and Miami University, among other schools.

"The recruiting process has been fun but stressful at the same time," James told "Some people told you what you could do. Others told you what you couldn't do. Central Michigan told me what I could do."

A 6-foot-4, 235-pounder who's rated a three-star prospect by, James was recruited primarily to play tight end in CMU's spread offense but could play other positions too.

"They said I'm going to play all over the place," James told "And they said I have a chance to play right away, which was important to me."

James becomes the second Indiana high school player and eleventh recruit overall in the Chippewas' 2009 recruiting class, joining Merrillville (Ind.) High School lineman Aaron Kaczmarski at CMU.

"Bobby fell in love with the coaching staff and the school," Hobart head coach Wally McCormack told "I'm happy and excited for Bobby and his family. And I'm glad there'll be some local kids there, too."

The Chippewas are still heavily recruiting Kaczmarski's Merrillville teammate, quarterback Dolapo Macarthy, another three-star recruit who is scheduled to visit CMU this weekend.

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