Akuezue on CMU: 'It Was Really Nice'

Defensive end Justice Akuezue of Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron High School visited Central Michigan University Sunday for the Chippewas' 5-Star Recruiting Day. Did he commit to CMU before leaving campus.

Defensive end Justice Akuezue received his first and only scholarship offer from Central Michigan University last month following the Michigan camp.

Sunday, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end visited Central Michigan University for the Chippewas' 5-Star Recruiting Day. Akuezue came away impressed and prepared to make his commitment to CMU.

"I didn't commit yet," Akuezue said. "Everything looks really nice up there. It's a big school with a small school feel. I told (CMU defensive line) coach (Paul) Volero that I would call him later this week and that will probably be when I commit to CMU."

For a defense seeking a future pass rusher who can bring pressure off the edge, Akuezue just might be the man the Chippewas are looking for. This summer, he excelled in camps at the University of Michigan and Wayne State, repeatedly beating some of the top offensive tackles in the Midwest.

"I've done really well this summer," Akuezue said. "I was clocked one time at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Rushing the quarterback is my specialty. I'm aggressive, I'm a hard hitter and a team leader."

Akuezue is being recruited to play weakside defensive end for the Chippewas. He's been told he should easily be able to add weight to his large frame and could fill out to about 6-4, 245 pounds without losing much speed.

Still, CMU is the only school to step forward with a scholarship offer. For Akuezue, that's fine.

"At first it was frustrating that no other schools had offered, but I know what a great opportunity I have (with CMU)," Akuezue said. "My high school coach told me for just one offer, CMU is a great offer to have - back-to-back MAC champions."

Akuezue would become the 14th member of CMU's 2009 recruiting class and the third recruit who committed to the Chippewas after visiting campus for Sunday's event.

"Everything is really nice at CMU and the team is really good," Akuezue said. "It's a family atmosphgere up there. My mom really likes it a lot too."

Later this week, perhaps sooner than later, Akuesue said he plans to make his verbal commitment to CMU official.

"I'll probably commit in a few days, maybe sooner," Akuezue said.

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