March 16, 2010

CMU after another talented Showers

With an emphasis on in-state recruiting under head coach Dan Enos, Central Michigan figures to raise the bar in Michigan and battle BCS schools for plenty of home grown recruits. One talented prospect who the Chippewas may have a slight edge on is Madison Heights Madison (MI) athlete Valdez Showers. Showers is being looked at as a corner, running back and all around athlete by numerous schools from the Big Ten and MAC, but he has close ties to Central Michigan because it's where his brother, Valtorrey Showers, currently plays.

"Right now he's just been telling me that the new staff is really good and that they have been treating him real well," said Valdez on his talks with his brother Valtorrey. "At the same time, he isn't really pressuring me into going there and wants me to go wherever I feel comfortable. But, I've never played with my brother so that is something that would be cool."

Valdez currently has offers from Wisconsin, Central Michigan, Northwestern and Toledo, with Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois all closely evaluating him. He had a chance to visit most of those schools during a busy February and he shared his thoughts on his trip to Mount Pleasant.

"It's a real good school," said Showers. "I heard that Coach Enos and my head coach Drake (Wilkins) had a history, and they were right. I had a real good time on my visit to CMU and it's just a great school."

With the new staff becoming familiar with Valdez, CMU quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson has drawn the role as main recruiter for him.

"Coach Johnson, he's very outgoing," laughed Showers. "He always has a smile on his face and he's just real laid back and easy to talk to."

While Showers has shown his prowess on the gridiron and runs a 4.4 forty, he also boasts a good head on his shoulders and reports a 3.5 GPA.

"The first thing I'm looking for in a school is academics. I want a strong degree and something that will aid me after football. Location is another thing I'm looking at, what type of area is the school in. And then, I'm looking at how many players a school is recruiting at my position" said Showers.

Last season Showers led Madison Heights Madison to an undefeated record in the regular season behind 1572 yards and 20 touchdowns rushing on offense, and 49 tackles, 12 PBU, and 2 forced fumbles on defense. The Eagles advanced through the third round of the state playoffs before falling to Jackson Lumen Christi 27-14. That loss still lingers in his head and he is more focused on his senior season then setting a timetable to make a decision.

"I'm just going to let it play out and see what happens," said Valdez on when he wants to make a decision. "Right now, we're getting it together for our senior season, we have a lot of young guys so we'll see what happens. Hopefully we'll be able to win the state championship, that's my goal."

At 6-foot and 175 pounds with a sub 4.4 forty, Valdez Showers is one of the top prospects in the state of Michigan and a major priority for the Chippewas. Like many of the top in-state prospects, Showers plans on attending the Michigan Preps Combine on Sunday, March 21st and ChippewaCountry will be there to provide coverage of Showers and numerous other top prospects in the state.

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