February 22, 2010

Chippewas have some talented prospects in their backyard

The Central Michigan football program now has their 2010 recruiting class behind them and has shifted their focus to the 2011 class. While the area surrounding CMU's campus in Mount Pleasant is not known for producing a ton of football talent, there are still a number of local prospect the Chippewas will take a look at.

•OL Anthony Zettle, Ogemaw Heights

Zettle led his squad to a regional championship before falling in the next round to eventual champion East Grand Rapids. Both of those games took place in CMU's home field of Kelly/Shorts Stadium, so Zettle is familiar with the campus and the program. Problem is, he's been very impressive on the early camp circuit and has an equally impressive film that has netted him not only an offer from CMU, but ones from Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa. Zettle grew up a fan of the Wolverines and they are the program to beat if CMU is going to keep him close to home.

•DE Tyler Lemke, Mount Pleasant

Lemke is located so close to CMU that he is almost in the shadow of Kelly/Shorts Stadium. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Lemke is an impressive athlete who showed flashes of developing into one of the top defensive players in the state. He has visited the campus multiple times, has grown up a CMU fan, and has been so intertwined within the football program that his signing with any other school would probably be a shock.

•QB Alex Niznak, Ithaca

Flying under the radar in much the same way Montague quarterback Cody Kater did last season, Niznack is an impressive quarterback hailing from a small school whose talent is being overlooked early in the recruiting process. As a junior, he proved to be a dual threat as he threw for 2,044 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,637 yards and 28 touchdowns. At an impressive 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Niznak is just a few camp performances away from being a household name in the state of Michigan's recruiting rankings and he figures to be high on the Chippewas radar.

•ATH Sebastian SanMiguel, Alma

SanMiguel is a do it all athlete for Alma as he plays wide receiver, safety and special teams for a team short on talent. Last season he caught 51 passes for 544 yards and 8 touchdowns and also was a solid contributor in the back end of the secondary. He will need to overcome the small school label, but he is a name to keep an eye on, especially of proves he has the physical tools during camps and combines this year.

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