Dupuy verbals to MAC champion Miami of Ohio

Salmen High School (Slidell, La.) cornerback Chrishawn Dupuy recently committed to Miami of Ohio and you can find out why in this free story.

"They wanted me from the start," said senior cornerback Chrishawn Dupuy (Salmen HS) in regard to why he chose to commit to Miami of Ohio. "The coaches up there really wanted me, and they were convinced that I could play from watching my junior tape from last year. That makes a big difference when a school has confidence in you.

"The offer from Miami had been on the table for awhile now and I couldn't expect them to keep waiting on me. I liked that all of their coaches seem to be from the south and their improvement from last year (1-11 in 2009; 9-4 this fall) to this year also meant a lot."

Chrishawn Dupuy
Dupuy had an offer from Richmond and was receiving steady interest from Tulane, but Miami won out in the end, and it's probably not a coincidence that Dupuy's pledge followed shortly after the RedHawks captured the MAC title on national television.

"They're a good team," Dupuy said. "They're the conference champions and I felt that I had a move to make, because I didn't have many big offers on the table, and I felt that other offers would have come by now - if they were going to come.

"Northwestern State sent an assistant coach to my house the other night and he stayed for three hours without even offering me, and I decided I was ready to be done with the recruiting.

"I called Coach (Bill) Elias, the assistant head coach at Miami, and told him that I was committing."

Dupuy was a huge part of Salmen's success the past two years. The Spartans advanced to the Class 4A semifinals in 2009 and reached the second-round of the playoffs last month.

He joins fellow Louisiana product Timothy Johnson on the list of Miami commitments. Johnson played linebacker for Karr High School, the Class 4A state runner-up.

The RedHawks may not be done in Louisiana either, as Dupuy's teammate - senior quarterback Matt Lipham - took an official visit there last weekend.

"I haven't met Johnson yet," Dupuy said. "Matt liked his visit up there. He's the type of guy who's going to say what's on his mind; he'll say it if he doesn't like it, and he fell in love with Miami."

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