2015 Central Michigan Football Recruiting

Dan Enos and the Central Michigan Chippewas started the 2015 recruiting season off with a bang. Can the Chips keep pace with rivals WMU on the recruiting trail? Follow the CMU 2015 football recruiting coverage here. Everything from commitments, signings and player interviews.

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CMU Adds OL Derek Smith To the Class of 2015

The latest CMU commit breaks down his decision, and more.

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What School Is Pursuing DB Tyrone Miller The Most?

Rising prospect Tyrone Miller talks to Hustle Belt about his recruitment.

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Commit No. 15: DT Deshawn Baker-Williams

Dan Enos isn't turning down for anyone. Just days after notching his 14th commitment of the 2015 class, the Central Michigan head coach received a verbal commitment from commit No. 15, defensive tackle Deshawn Baker-Williams.

The 6-foot-4, 300 pound defensive tackle hails from Westland, Michigan, making him the 14th out of 15 commitments to come from the state of Michigan.

Despite his impressive size, Baker-Williams only held an offer from CMU, but had received some interest from Michigan State. The John Glenn High School tackle is the second big piece CMU has received a commitment from this early recruiting season. 6-foot-1, 285 pound 3-star tackle Shahid Bellamy pledged to the Rockets back in March.

Baker-Williams is unranked, but looks like he could be a force in the run game. His impressive size makes him an ideal candidate for double-teams, and he can gobble up holes at the line of scrimmage.

Check out his highlights, courtesy of Hudl:

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Commit No. 14: CB/ATH Ja'Mar Antwine

Central Michigan has been busy this week, racking up their 13th and 14th commitments for their class of 2015 since Sunday. Pontiac, Michigan cornerback prospect became the Chippewas 14th overall commitment, and 13th in-state, Tuesday evening.

The 5-foot-11, 180 pound cornerback is currently unranked by any of the major scouting services, but that shouldn't put any Chips fans off. Dan Enos has been looking far and wide throughout the state of Michigan for undervalued talent, and appears to have succeeded again. Despite CMU being Antwine's only offer, he was receiving interest from several schools including Bowling green, Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon, per Rivals.

Like the 13th commitment, Jamil Sabbagh, Antwine is explosive. he runs a 40 in the 4.5-4.6 range, and is a versatile athlete. He's played everywhere from quarterback to wide receiver, to linebacker at Pontiac High, but he appears to have been recruited as a defensive back (specifically a corner, as his size would dictate). He has excellent ball skills, and should be turnover-machine in the CMU defense.

He's also a skilled returner, who could make an immediate impact for the Chippewas on special teams. He has an excellent vision of the field, and makes quick reads before changing directions.

Check out his lengthy Hudl highlights here, which give you a great taste of his versatility:

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CMU's 12th In State Commit Is Explosive

Well this is fun. The Central Michigan Chippewas landed a commitment from 2015 wide receiver/safety Jamil Sabbagh yesterday, their 13th in the class of 2015. What's interesting about Sabbagh, aside from his explosive abilities on either side of the ball, is his teammate at Dearborn Fordson High in dearborn Michigan, linebacker Abdlallah Jaffal, is committed to CMU's rival WMU.

Sabbagh, a dynamic playmaker at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, only held an offer from CMU, but that doesn't mean this isn't a big commitment for the Chippewas. He's quick, with a fantastic burst, and has fantastic ball skills on either side of the ball. As a wideout he has the ability to bust open a dicey play for a touchdown thanks to impressive vision and that second gear. On defense, he uses his explosiveness as a roaming safety, lighting up receivers and hawking the ball.

As the 12th in state commit in CMU's class so far, clearly Sabbagh has the potential to be a solid steal for the Chippewas. Dan Enos and his staff have been looking hard at Michigan's underappreciated talent for a while now, and it's starting to pay off by earning the trust of those players in the form of verbal commitments.

Here are Sabbagh's highlights, courtesy of Hudl:

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No. 12: Athlete Rayshawn Wilborn

On the same day CMU picked up commit No. 11, the Chippewas received a verbal from their 12th player in the 2015 recruiting class, athlete Rayshawn Wilborn.

Wilborn, like 10 of his 11 other CMU classmates, is an in-state prospect. The 6'4'', 210 OLB-WR (listed by some as an athlete) hails from Lansing, Michigan where he plays both ways at Sexton High. Currently unranked by any major scouting service, Wilborn's only offer was from CMU.

Due to his size (only weighs 210) it appears Wilborn was likely recruited to play on offense, where he has the potential to be a fantastic threat in the passing game thanks to his plus speed and superior height.

Check out this athlete's highlights:

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No. 11, DE Mike Danna

Wasting little time this summer, Dan Enos has been on a tear, racking up in-state commits left and right. Tuesday Enos' Chippewas received a verbal commitment from 2015 weakside defensive end Mike Danna, as first reported by Chippewa Country.

Danna, a native of Warren Michigan, marks the 10th in-state commit for the Chippewas, and eleventh overall. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound De La Salle High School senior gives CMU another promising defensive prospect in a class that's focused primarily on offense to this point.

CMU was Danna's first offer, but he's received some interest from Toledo, Indiana and Michigan State.

Here's a look at Danna's highlights from 2013.

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Then There Were 10

Saturday Central Michigan picked up its 10th verbal for the 2015 recruiting class from quarterback Jake Johnson.

The 6-foot-2, 195 pound pro-style QB out of Dewitt, Michigan is another solid in-state grab for Dan Enos' class. The 3-star prospect (Scout, 247Sports) committed to the Chippewas on Sunday over offers from Akron and Buffalo. He's also receiving interest from as many as a dozen other FBS programs.

We're in the process of reaching out to Johnson for more information, in the meantime, watch his junior highlight tape courtesy of Hudl:

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Strapped In: Steve Eipper Is Waiting to be Molded

Steve Eipper may be an under-the-radar prospect for CMU, but he has a promising upside.

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A Quick Look at CMU TE Commit Austin Ervin

Austin Ervin committed to the Chippewas in mid-May. The 2-star TE out of Saint Johns Michigan was the sixth in-state commitment for CMU's 2015 recruiting class.

At 6-foot-6, 245 pounds Ervin has the frame of a big play receiving tight end. A leaper (he also plays power forward on his high school basketball team), Ervin has the potential to be a real threat in the passing attack. he can lineup out wide, or in the slot as well, and can get above defenders in traffic. He has plus speed for his size, and accelerates well after the catch. He's also physical enough to make arm tackles near impossible.

A Top 50 prospect in the state of Michigan, Ervin is another solid grab for Dan Enos in his quest to dominate in-state recruiting.

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A Quick Look At CMU Commit Leondre "Damon" Terry

Leondre "Damon" Terry became the CMU Chippewas sixth in state commit for the 2015 class back in April. The 6-foot 188 pound 2-star wideout chose the Chippewas over an offer from EMU, and interest from several other schools including Ball State and Michigan state.

Considered a Top 50 prospect in the state of Michigan by 247Sports, Terry is a solid addition to the Chips receiving corps. The D Zone talked with Terry about his commitment shortly after he made it in April.

As a junior in 2013 Terry bust onto the scene with 40 catches for 988 yards and 12 touchdowns. A versatile player, he has the makings to be a real threat from the slot for CMU. His 4.5 40-time makes him a big play threat from almost anywhere on the field.

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A Quick Look At CMU RB Commit Bobby Banks

After locking up a pledge in mid-March from Detroit area running back Romello Ross, the Chippewas added another pledge from Southfield Christian (Southfield, Michigan) back Bobby Banks.

A larger back, at 6-foot, 194 pounds, the 2-star prospect has a solid frame with room to grow. Explosive by nature, Banks is a big play threat on the field and played a key role in his high school's 10-win season a year ago. An under-the-radar type, no other school has offered Banks to this point.

Together with Ross, CMU has added a pair of promising young backs that have complimenting styles.

Unfortunately Banks was unable to be reached for an interview.

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A Quick Look At CMU Commit Michael Oliver

The third commit in CMU's 2015 class comes from a program that's featured plenty of success with producing Division I college linebackers recently. Detroit power Cass Tech High saw three starting linebackers graduate and move on to the FBS ranks a season ago (one to Michigan State, two to Buffalo). Now a senior, and starter, current Cass Tech linebacker Michael Oliver has already ensured the linebacker corps FBS pipeline continues.

Oliver pledged his allegiance to CMU back in late March, the third Detroit-area prospect to pledge to the school by that point in time.

At 6-foot, 233 pounds with a 4.6 40-yard-dash, Oliver has the potential to be an absolute monster in CMU front seven. He's versatile, having played both OLB and MLB during his time at Cass Tech, and is a physical punishing type.

The Chippewas have seen some success from their linebacker corps recently, and Oliver appears to have the tools to help the program continue to limit the run and rush the passer.

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A Quick Look At CMU Commit Romello Ross

After losing a dynamic running back such as Zurlon Tipton, Dan Enos wasted little time trying to find the next anchor of his backfield. The first verbal commit of CMU's 2015 class was Western International High School (Detroit) 20star running back Romello Ross. Ross committed to the Chippewas way back in mid-March, kicking off a wave of CMU commits.

Unfortunately, Ross couldn't be reached for an interview for this piece.

At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds Ross isn't a bruising back, but he's got good speed, agile feet and seems to explode through the holes. More importantly probably, he's a Michigan native. Something CMU has been doing a fantastic job of lately is going after the overlooked talent in the state of Michigan. He's one of eight players to commit to the team this year.

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Strapped In: Logan Slaughter Talks CMU commitment

See why class of 2015 offensive lineman Logan Slaughter decided to commit to Central Michigan last month and more.

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Strapped In: Louis Grigoletti Talks CMU Commitment

Find out why class of 2015 Illinois offensive lineman Louis Grigoletti gave his verbal commitment to Central Michigan last month and more.

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Strapped In: DT Shahid Bellamy Talks CMU Commit

Dan Enos and the Central Michigan Chippewas made a statement by landing prized 2015 recruit Shahid Bellamy back in March. Bellamy is one of six in-state verbal commits for CMU.

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