June 28, 2010

Florida DB Denzel Wimberly elaborates on his choice of CMU

Recruiting the state of Florida has been preached over and over again by Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos, and this weekend they were able to land their first commit from the sunshine state in 2011. Denzel Wimberly, a 5-foot-9 and 198 pound safety from Cardinal Gibbons (FL) committed to the Chippewas shortly after arriving on campus for a visit.

"I just knew it was a nice place," said Wimberly. "The city showed me a lot of love and I really liked the coaches. I have a great relationship with Coach (Jay) Johnson, Coach Enos and Coach (Kirby) Cannon and they made me feel real comfortable. I love the campus and the stadium and just the overall atmosphere at CMU"

Central Michigan was his lone offer, but Wimberly reported that Bowling Green and Western Michigan were on the verge of offering. All that was irrelevant of course once Wimberly pledged to the Chippewas, and it helped that a few current players took him under their wing while he was on his visit.

"I know Lorenzo White Jr. and had a chance to meet [/db]Jahleel Addae[/db]. Those guys are real cool, and they were funny. They just talked to me about CMU and what I would and wouldn't like here, they were real honest with me and they told me what to expect at CMU."

Not only were current Chippewas helping recruit Wimberly on his visit, but one future Chippewa let it be known that he wanted Wimberly on board.

"I had a chance to meet Alex Niznk and talk to him before I committed. He said if I committed he'd buy me a hat," joked Wimberly. "But he was a real cool guy. And I also had a chance to watch Jason Wilson during the 7-on-7 camp and he looks like a real impressive player."

Continuing the trend of player connections with Wimberly, two of his former teammates names may sound very familiar to CMU fans who follow recruiting. Running back Dareyon Chance and corner Garrett Smith were both Chippewa targets last season before opting to sign with rival Western Michigan. Once news got word that one of their teammates had committed to Central Michigan, they voiced their opinion.

"Yeah, they called me once they saw it was released," laughed Wimberly. "They said it was cool and they were happy for me. They also said that we're still cool and going to be friends, but at the same time we're enemies now."

While Wimberly is a talented athlete that projects to numerous positions, he is being looked at as a safety for the Chippewas.

"I'm a cover back," added Wimberly. "But at the same time, I love to come up and hit. If I had to compare myself to someone at the professional level, it would probably be the late great Sean Taylor."

So, what can Chippewa Nation expect from Wimberly in the future?

"They can expect a good guy on and off the field, and someone who will take the needed steps to be successful in every facet at CMU."

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