Fantuzzi Commits to the Chippewas

Offensive lineman Jeff Fantuzzi of Macomb (Mich.) Dakota High School verbally committed to Central Michigan University earlier this evening. He talked about his decision with Chippewas Insider.

Offensive lineman Jeff Fantuzzi of Macomb (Mich.) Dakota High School couldn't be happier this evening after verbally committing to Central Michigan University.

"I called (CMU head) coach (Butch) Jones around 7 o'clock tonight to tell him I was committing to Central Michigan," Fantuzzi said. "He welcomed me and said no matter what, you're going to be a Chippewa.

"I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to be a part of the CMU program," the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Fantuzzi added. "This (CMU recruiting) class is going to be the best ever. Central is the new Boise State."

Fantuzzi becomes the fifth offensive lineman in the Chippewas' 2009 class and the eighth lineman overall. Fantuzzi said CMU offensive line coach Don Mahoney plans to use him at tackle.

"I'm being told left tackle by coach Mahoney, but I've played all three positions (tackle, guard, center) at Dakota, so I don't care, I'll play wherever CMU needs me," Fantuzzi said.

Fantuzzi chose the Chippewas over offers from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois. He's also been receiving heavy interest from some Big Ten schools, including Michigan State.

"You don't have to worry about me decommitting from CMU," Fantuzzi said, "I'm a man of my word and I'm solid for CMU."

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