Four Preferred Walk-Ons Bolster CMU's Class

The Central Michigan University football program has announced the addition of four preferred walk-ons to its 2009 football recruiting class.

2009 CMU Football Preferred Walk-Ons Biographical Sketches

Connor Gagnon • K • 6-1 • 175 • Midland, Mich./Midland • Coach Eric Methner At Midland High School: All-Saginaw Valley League first team selection in 2008 ... earned Division 1-2 all-state honorable mention recognition from the Associated Press ... named to the Midland Daily News Dream Team ... all-area first team selection by the Saginaw News ... converted 56-of-58 PATs ... longest field goal was 42 yards ... helped lead team to the Division 2 regional finals and a 10-2 overall record ... Midland finished as the Division 2 state runner-up in 2007. Personal: Son of Gary and Lori Gagnon ... born January 18, 1991 ... father, Gary, is a professor at Central Michigan.

Charlie Hoch • TE • 6-4 • 205 • Kewadin, Mich./Elk Rapids • Coach Ed Schindler At Elk Rapids High School: Three-year letterman ... 2008 team captain ... earned all-state honors as a tight end in 2008 ... named to Traverse City Record-Eagle Dream Team ... academic all-state honorable mention selection by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association ... selected to play in MHSFCA All-Star Game ... caught 39 passes for 815 yards and five touchdowns ... credited with 45 tackles and three sacks as a defensive end ... helped lead team to a 7-3 record and state playoffs appearance ... caught 16 passes for 314 yards as a junior ... Elk Rapids advanced to the district finals in 2007 ... earned three varsity letters in basketball and one in track and field ... National Honor Society member. Personal: Son of Mark and Cindy Hoch ... born Dec. 21, 1990.

Jordan McConnell • WR • 5-10 • 175 • Clare, Mich./Clare • Coach Doug Haggart At Clare High School: Helped lead team to a 9-2 overall record and state playoffs appearance ... Clare advanced to the district finals in 2007 ... team won Jack Pine Conference championships in 2007 and 2008 ... two-time all-conference second team honoree ... earned all-area second team honors from the Morning Sun and all-area honorable mention accolades from the Saginaw News ... earned all-conference honorable mention accolades in basketball as a junior. Personal: Son of Ray and Renee McConnell ... born July 31, 1990.

Connor Odykirk • WR • 6-3 • 195 • Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant • Coach Jason McIntyre At Mount Pleasant High School: Two-year starter ... Associated Press Division 3-4 all-state first team selection ... All-Saginaw Valley League first team honoree ... helped lead team to a 9-2 overall record and Division 3 district finals appearance ... Mount Pleasant advanced to the regional finals in 2007 ... 2008 Morning Sun Offensive Player of the Year ... named 2008 team MVP ... caught 62 passes for 1,127 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior ... also made 120 tackles on defense in 2008 ... helped lead Mount Pleasant to three playoff victories and a co-Saginaw Valley League title during the 2007 and 2008 seasons ... will graduate with 10 varsity letters: four in track and field, three in baseball, two in football and one in basketball ... baseball team won a state title in 2007 and finished runner-up in 2008 ... 2008 track and field state qualifier in the high jump. Personal: Parents are Dan and Laura Odykirk ... born Oct. 2, 1990 ... father, Dan, and grandfather, Bill, both played football at CMU.

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