February 25, 2011

TE Matt Doneth adds first offer

Adding big athletes has been staple of Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos and his staff since they arrived a little over a year ago, and they have made a concerted effort to add big athletes with speed. The Chippewas have been able to accomplish that over the past few years, adding anywhere between three and five tight ends (depending on positions of certain players) to a position group that had arguably just one (David Blackburn) prior to Enos's arrival. Although the TE cupboard is stocked more than ever, it's clear CMU will consistently target these types of athletes every year in recruiting.

Enter Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) tight end Matt Doneth. The 6-foot-6 and 230 pound athlete recently made a visit to Central Michigan, and he walked away with his first offer, albeit an offer he didn't expect.

"To be honest, no I didn't," added Doneth on whether he expected to receive an offer. "Going into it we had been taking it day by day, but I didn't expect to get an offer. It was great though. I was able to go up there for Junior Day with my dad and check out the facilities and the school. At one point I sat down with Coach Enos in his office and he told me I had an offer, and a big smile just came across my face."

While he was able to pick up an offer, Doneth also had a chance to see what CMU had to offer, and he came away very impressed.

"I really liked the facilities and the coaching staff for sure. All the facilities look really new, and the coaches really were excited and I definitely see them as role models. I was able to tour the football offices and facilities, see the weight room, walk out onto Kelly/Shorts Stadium and then they brought in some busses to take us on a tour of campus. I had a great time overall."

The Detroit Catholic Central star was also able to mingle with other recruits on campus for visits, including a few from heated rival Birmingham Brother Rice.
"Yeah, I was able to talk with a few guys from Brother Rice, and individually they are cool and we got along, but they are our rivals and once we're playing each other on teams it's right back to rivals and all" laughed Doneth.

As a junior, Doneth only caught 10 passes last season in a run-heavy offense, but 4 of them were for touchdowns. He is a dedicated blocker and also doubles as a star on the hardwood, averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds for the Shamrocks as a junior. And just for good measure, Doneth also boasts a 3.65 GPA in the classroom, evidenced by the interest Ivy League schools are showing in him. In addition to CMU and schools in the Ivy League, Michigan, Syracuse, Northwestern, Boston College and Western Michigan have been showing strong interest.

With his basketball season occupying most of his time right now, Doneth hasn't been able to plan may visits or camp dates, but the BadgerSports 7-on-7 in April at Michigan is an event he plans on attending. With more and more schools showing interest towards him and more offers sure to pile up, Doneth was asked to compare his CMU offer with offers teams in the Big Ten.

"You know, a lot of my family went to Central Michigan so they've always been close to my heart," added Doneth. "The Big Ten is a large conference, and they have some perks, but it's not always about the size and everything. Right now I'm just excited to have an offer from CMU."

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