Tipton Commits to CMU

Running back Zurlon Tipton of Sterling Heights (Mich.) Parkway Christian High School attended Central Michigan University's 5-Star recruiting event Sunday afternoon. This evening he called the CMU coaches and committed to the Chippewas. Tipton talked about his decision with Chippewas Insider.

Running back Zurlon Tipton of Sterling Heights (Mich.) Parkway Christian High School said he couldn't be happier this evening after making his verbal commitment to Central Michigan University.

"I called (CMU head) coach (Butch) Jones about 15 minutes ago to let him know I was committing to CMU," Tipton said. "He was real excited and said I made his night."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Tipton was one of a select group of top recruits who visited CMU Sunday. He becomes the 14th known commitment overall and the third running back in the Chippewas' 2009 class, joining Malek Redd and Tim Phillips.

"I like how CMU runs the ball a lot out of the spread," said Tipton, who gained more than 2,000 yards and scored 33 touchdowns last season for Parkway Christian. "The CMU campus is great and I like the coaches. It's a coaching staff where everybody knows you by name."

Tipton chose CMU over an offer from Mid-American Conference West rival Ball State. At the University of Michigan camp last month, Tipton said he was clocked at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash. It was there that Tipton first met his future teammate, Malek Redd.

"Malek's a great player, it's going to be fun playing with him," Tipton said.

Tipton said some BCS schools might have shied away from offering him a scholarship because he plays at a small school. Tipton isn't worried though, he said he's excited about his future with the Chippewas.

"All I can say is, line up against me," Tipton said, "I'll go up against anybody. Whatever I've got to do for CMU, I'll do it."


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