The Central Michigan University football program had identified offensive linemen as a key group to recruit for its 2009 class.
Sunday, the Chippewas received verbal commitments from offensive linemen Dominic Mainello of Fort Mitchell (Ky.) Beechwood High School, Jon Czerwienski of Fraser (Mich.) High School and Eric Fisher of Rochester Hills (Mich.) Stoney Creek High School.
"I committed after dinner yesterday," Mainello said. "CMU just felt right. I really like the campus and how honest the CMU coaches are."
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Mainello said the Chippewas offered him a scholarship June 8 following a one-day camp he attended at CMU. He said CMU is recruiting him to play guard or defensive tackle.
"I'm quick off the ball and I like to get after people," Mainello said. "CMU's spread offense is perfect for me."
Mainello said his connection to the CMU program began recently when he met former Chippewa standout and current Cincinnati Bengals center Eric Ghiaciuc.
"I met Eric Ghiaciuc through one of my friends at school whose father is his doctor," Mainello said. "Eric said he liked it up at CMU."
Now Mainello, who helped lead Beechwood to a 13-2 record and Kentucky state championship last season, will follow in Ghiaciuc's footsteps as a CMU offensive lineman, known affectionately as the "Bubs."
"I was somewhat aware of CMU's great tradition (with offensive linemen)," Mainello said. "It probably did influence me a little (in making my decision)."
Mainello said in addition to CMU, he was being heavily recruited by Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville and Purdue.
"My high school coach (Noel Rash) told me that UC and UK were close to offering, maybe after the season started," Mainello said. "Purdue also told me they wanted to see game film of my first few games this fall."
Mainello, Czerwienski and Fisher join Adam Schneid of Avon Lake (Ohio) High School and Aaron Kaczmarski of Merrillville (Ind.) High School as potential offensive line recruits in the Chippewas' 2009 recruiitng class.
CMU is also recruiting offensive lineman Jeff Fantuzzi of Macomb (Mich.) Dakota High School. Fantuzzi's offers include Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois, in addition to the Chippewas.
The 2009 CMU recruiting class includes 18 known verbal commitments overall.
Mainello Leads Trio of 'Bubs' to Pledge CMU
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