Blake Serpa is the type of football player many college coaches covet because of his versatility that allows him to play a number of positions at the next level.
The Maple Park (Ill.) Kaneland High School product is the first commitment in Central Michigan's 2011 recruiting class, choosing the Chippewas over an offer from arch-rival Western Michigan and interest from Illinois.
The 6-foot-3 230 pound athlete is indeed a unique addition to CMU's 2011 class because of his ability to project at a number of positions, including tight end and defensive end.
Serpa excelled as a punter, kicker, running back, tight end and defensive end as a prep player, but don't expect Serpa to play all of those positions when he arrives in Mt. Pleasant.
"The CMU coaches have talked to me about possibly playing two positions in particular, which would be defensive end and/or tight end," Serpa said. "I have played both of these positions at my high school and would be comfortable playing them at the next level."
While many players might hesitant to sign with a non-BCS school like Central Michigan before they have participated in multiple summer camps, it was the comfort that Serpa had with Central Michigan's coaches that gave him the confidence to pull the trigger on his scholarship offer early in the process.
"CMU made me feel at home during the entire process," Serpa said, "from the first Junior day that I attended, to the last visit I had."
Serpa said his relationship with the Chippewa coaching staff was the main reason he chose CMU over Western Michigan.
"There was nothing negative against WMU that influenced my decision the way I decided to go, but the whole coaching staff at CMU just made me feel comfortable and already part of the team," Serpa said. "My main recruiter throughout the process was Coach Kirby Cannon, the defensive backs coach."
When asked about potential offers from in-state teams like Illinois or Northwestern potentially changing his mind, Serpa left himself a little wiggle room yet confident and happy with his early commitment to the Chippewas.
"When I committed to CMU I made sure my heart backed my decision," Serpa said. "My commitment is one that I won't be regretting."
Serpa Excited About Future at CMU
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