Three Early Enrollees Join CMU Football Team

MOUNT PLEASANT - Three members of Central Michigan University's 2009 football recruiting class have enrolled at CMU for the spring semester.

Offensive lineman Jeff Fantuzzi of Macomb (Mich.) Dakota High School, defensive back Jason Johnson of Durand (Mich.) High School and defensive back D.J. Scott of Frederick (Md.) Thomas Johnson High School all graduated early from high school and are on campus for the Spring 2009 semester.

Each has signed a 2008-09 Mid-American Conference Letter of Intent.

"We're excited to have these three individuals join our football family," CMU head coach Butch Jones said. "This experience will be beneficial to them in allowing them to get a jump start on their college careers both academically and athletically."

Fantuzzi, Johnson and Scott all will take part in CMU's spring practices. The last member of the CMU program to enroll early was linebacker Nick Bellore, who enrolled for the Spring 2007 semester.

Fantuzzi was a two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines for Dakota High School head coach Mike Giannone. A member of the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team, Fantuzzi was named to the Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state squad in 2008. He was a part of two state championship teams (2006, 2007) at Dakota.

Johnson was a four-year starter on both sides of the ball for Durand head coach Bryan Carpenter, a former All-Mid-American Conference offensive lineman at CMU. Johnson led Durand in tackles each of the last two seasons, recording 102 tackles in 2007 and 120 stops in 2008. He also intercepted 11 passes over his final two years.

Scott is a two-time all-state selection who lined up at receiver, defensive back and kick returner for Thomas Johnson head coach Ben Wright. He intercepted 11 passes as a junior, returning three for touchdowns. He recently was part of the Baltimore All-Star team that competed against a team of all-stars from Washington, D.C. in the Maryland Crab Bowl.

Central Michigan finished 8-5 overall in 2008 and made its third consecutive appearance in the Motor City Bowl. The Chippewas are just the fourth team in MAC history to play in three consecutive bowl games.

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