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2006 MAC Football Recruiting - CMU Chippewas

The Chippewas signed 26 players, including twelve defensive backs, in a class built heavily around the skilled positions. Fourteen players are slated for defense, eleven for offense, and one kicking specialist. Ten recruits come from Michigan, nine from Florida, two from Illinois, and one each from Georgia, Wisconsin, California, Virginia & Texas. Areas of emphasis included WR, RB and a highly regarded QB prospect.

Position Name Height Weight School
QB Mike Canfield 6-2 214 Lansing (MI) Everett
RB Cam Bramer 6-0 200 Olivet (MI)
RB Marcel Archer 5-11 195 Miami (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas
RB Carl Volny 5-10 180 Miramar (FL) Pembroke Pines
WR Robby Leith 6-4 192 Venturea (CA)
WR Chris Morris 5-10 170 Plano (TX) East
WR Matthew Torres 6-1 185 Naples (FL)
TE Anthony Quinn 6-5 240 East Kentwood (MI)
OL Jeff Maddux 6-4 297 Monroe (MI)
OL Levi Breeze 6-7 270 Chelsea (MI)
OL Colin Miller 6-3 270 Centerville (VA)
DL Sean Murnane 6-3 240 Mundelein (IL) Carmel
LB Donald Connelly 6-0 200 Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison
DB Chaz West 5-10 170 Pompano Beach (FL) Ely
DB Josh Wilkins 5-11 175 Riviera Beach (FL) Dwyer
DB Xavier Torres 6-0 180 Chicago (IL) Lane Tech
DB Bobby Seay 5-10 175 Pembroke Pines (FL) Everglades
DB Kito Poblah 6-1 175 Miramar (FL) Pembroke Pines
DB Eric McLaughlin 6-0 190 Grand Rapids (MI) East
DB Keith Dixon 6-2 180 Flint (MI) Carmen Ainsworth
DB Tommy Mama 5-10 171 Miramar (FL) Mnsr. Pace
DB Kirkston Edwards 6-2 180 Wellington (FL) Palm Beach Gardens
DB Tim Brazzel 5-11 170 Smyrna (GA) Campbell
DB Dannie Bolden 6-0 170 Lansing (MI) Grand Ledge
DB Vincent Agnew 5-10 175 Grand Rapids (MI) Catholic
K/P Brett Hartmann 6-3 218 Menomonee Falls (WI)

Canfield accounted for nearly 2,800 yards of offense as a senior and produced 30 TDs. A true dual-threat QB with the ability to run as well as he can pass the football, he picked CMU over reported offers from Toledo & Northern Illinois. Canfield is a top-20 prospect in the state of Michigan by most recruiting publications.


Running Backs
Bramer rushed for over 1,900 yards and 32 TDs as a senior averaging 10-yards per rush. He is also a DIA basketball prospect and received several other MAC offers and is considered a top-30 football prospect in the state of Michigan. Archer rushed for over 1,800 yards as a senior with 17 TDs on a powerful high school team that finished #2 in the state of Florida. Archer picked CMU over FIU & FAU. Volny is another Floridian who rushed for 900-yards and 14 TDs in just six games as his high school football season was cut short due to several hurricanes. He received 1st team all Broward County honors.


Leath produced over 1,500 receiving yards as a senior with 21 TDs earning 1st team all-state honors in California. Chose CMU over Boise State. Morris earned all-district honors in Texas and picked CMU over reported offers from Conference USA and WAC schools. Torres is an honorable mention all-state prospect from Florida who picked CMU over UCF and Ball State. Quinn is a top-40 Michigan prospect who chose CMU over other MAC offers and excelled at a TE, LB and DE – projects as a TE in the ‘Chips spread offense; averaged 11-yards per catch and recorded 76 tackles as a senior.


Offensive Line
Maddux is an all-state performer who was rated by one recruiting service as the #15 prospect in Michigan. He picked CMU over Miami (OH) and Cincinnati. Breeze is a top-50 prospect in Michigan earning all-metro honors as a senior and picked CMU over EMU. Miller is the #23 rated player in Virginia and earned all-state honors as a senior and helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 47-points per game. He picked CMU over Akron and Temple.

Defensive Line
Murnane is the #37 rated prospect in Illinois earning all-state honors as a defensive end, recording ten tackles for loss and five QB sacks as a senior. He picked Central over Air Force.


Connelly is a #23 rated prospect in Michigan who excelled as both a FB and LB – he is projected as a LB in college. He chose CMU over Cincinnati, BGSU, EMU and WMU.


Defensive Backs
Central Michigan signed twelve players - yes twelve players, slated to be defensive backs in this class. Agnew produced on both sides of the ball but projects as CB after having ten career INTs; picked CMU over EMU & WMU. Bolden was a multi-sport athlete in Lansing (MI) but was hurt much of his senior year, picked CMU over BGSU. Brazzel is from Georgia, picked CMU over Georgia Southern and Tulane. Dixon is a top-50 rated prospect from Michigan. Edwards is another Floridian who picked CMU over USF. Mama is a cover corner with 4.4/40 speed from Miami who picked CMU over BGSU, Miami (OH) and USF. McLaughlin is a top-40 prospect from Michigan who picked CMU over WMU & Toledo. Poblah played QB and DB in Florida picked CMU over Akron. Seay is another Florida prospect who earned MVP of the Broward County All-star game, picked CMU over Arkansas State. Torres is from Chicago earning all-city honors as a senior. West is a speedy Florida prospect who picked CMU over Toledo, Akron and UCF. Wilkins is from Florida drew heavy interest from I-AA schools.


Hartmann is both a kicker and punter from Wisconsin. Over half of his kickoffs were touchbacks and he averaged 35-yards per punt.


Final Analysis
Head Coach Brian Kelly makes no bones about it, he wants to win championships at Central Michigan and he wants to do it now. Central signed a class built heavily around the defensive backfield to counter the MAC’s high octane passing attacks and he hit Florida hard to find speed. Canfield, Maddux, Bramer and Mama are the highest profile recruits in this class. CMU recruited their needs very well and this class rates as EXCELLENT compared to the rest of the league this year.



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