November 26, 2008
Top Prospects from Detroit Southeastern Visit CMU
Any time a winning college football program plays in high profile games, it is going to attract some very talented visitors. Central Michigan was no exception last Wednesday as it took on Ball State in front of a national television audience.
In addition to several commits, the Chippewas also had visitors from all over the Midwest in attendance. One high school that made its presence felt at the game was Detroit (Mich.) Southeastern, which went 10-2 this past season and made the state quarterfinals. Accompanied by their head coach Donshell English, Kyle Bryant, William Gholston and Darryl Pitts all made their way up to Mount Pleasant to see the Chippewas play.
Kyle Bryant, a senior offensive tackle prospect, came away impressed with the CMU team and its style of play.
"I like CMU. They're a good football team," Bryant said. "I like the way they play. Their offense is similar to ours."
Also helping CMU's cause in Bryant's eyes was the noise of the crowd and the overall game day atmosphere. His enthusiasm was not dampened by the close loss.
"I like the atmosphere," Bryant said. "It's real live up here. There's real good vibes. The crowd was into the game. It was a great game. They just couldn't pull it off."
Bryant's coach, Donshell English had several positive things to say about Bryant.
"Kyle's tenacity and pass protection are his biggest strengths," Coach English said. "We trap with Kyle a lot. He does a lot for us on the offensive side of the ball."
"He just needs to put his mind to it," Coach English continued. "He has all the athletic ability in the world. He has great feet. He's tall. He's big and strong. If he just puts his mind to it, he'll be alright."
William Gholston is only a junior and already has four Big Ten offers and appears headed for several more. He also came away impressed by CMU.
"It was an awesome game," Gholston said. "It was a great environment. The crowd was crazy. Everybody seemed to be into it."
CMU's style of play also left a good impression on Gholston.
"They are a pretty good football team," Gholston said. "I like that they run the spread and use their tight end a lot. Their tight end plays more like a slot but their offense is a lot like ours."
While Gholston is unsure of what position he will play in college, he is a gifted athlete and is not short on options. On the season, Gholston had 101 tackles and 15 sacks on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, he recorded 8 catches that led to 2 points conversions.
"It's confusing because I play tight end, linebacker and defensive end so I'm not really sure," Gholston said. "I get a lot of buzz from tight end. I think I will play defensive end in college."
Darryl Pitts, a senior, played both wide receiver and defensive back for Southeastern this past season. The game day atmosphere also caught his eye.
"The fans were fun," Pitts said. "It was real hype."
Pitts also enjoyed seeing the Central Michigan offense in action.
"They came out hard. It was a good game," Pitts said. "I play receiver so the offense is a good one for me because they throw the ball a lot. It was fun to watch."
On the season, Pitts had 37 catches for 659 yards and 9 touchdowns and 17.8 yards per catch average. Defensively, he had 32 tackles and 6 interceptions. He is going to be play as an outside receiver in college.
"Darryl has the best hands of any receiver I've ever coached," Coach English said. "His heart is second to none. He is just an all around good athlete and great kid."
While it is uncertain where all three players will end up, fans should know that all three bring a lot to the table.
"They're excellent kids and are academically sound," Coach English said. "They're fantastic football players that I think any university would love to have."
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