March 9, 2010

CMU target Jake Duzey recaps Junior Day visit

A few weeks ago, Central Michigan fans were introduced to Troy Athens wide receiver Jake Duzey when he received his first scholarship from the Chippewas while visiting during Junior Day. ChippewaCountry recently caught up with the 6-foot-4 and 223 pound athlete to get his thoughts on the offer and an update on his recruitment.

Troy Athens finished a disappointing 2-7 overall last season after a few years of turnover, but the hope is that some coaching continuity will turn their record around next season.

"You know, we had a pretty tough season last year. We've had three different coaches the past three years, so we had to put in another entirely new offensive system and get used to that. But, we had fun and hopefully next year we can improve" said Duzey.

It helps to have a player as talented as Duzey to build around. At 6-foot-4, he was routinely used in all facets of the receiving game, including screens, and also saw time at quarterback in Troy Athens version of the "wildcat". On defense, Duzey played safety and linebacker throughout the year, but his future at the next level appears to be on the offensive side of the ball.

"I'm pretty explosive," said Duzey. "People look at me and don't think I can run that fast or jump that high. I guess you could say I get off the ball really well and I'm really physical."

Despite his team's record and the offenses struggles at times, it didn't take long for the new staff at Central Michigan to identify his talent and offer him a scholarship. During his visit to CMU, head coach Dan Enos pulled him aside in his office and formally offered Duzey his first scholarship offer.

"It was pretty sweet," said Duzey on his CMU offer. "I like Coach Enos a lot and I'd met him before from when he was at Michigan State. He's a real cool guy and a down to earth person to talk to."

Duzey was one of over 100 prospects that made the trek to Mount Pleasant for Junior Day and he reportedly had a very enjoyable experience on his visit.

"I liked it. I got a tour of everything and got a chance to see the indoor practice field and the locker rooms, so it was pretty sweet."

In addition to taking tours of the facilities and attending a basketball game, Duzey also had a chance to meet his main recruiter, CMU quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson.

"Jay Johnson is my main recruiter. I think he's really cool, I had a chance to go in his office during Junior Day and just talk with him."

Hailing from an area that has supplied the Chippewas program with a wealth of talent the past few years, Duzey has heard of a few players from the area who are currently at CMU.

"I know the linebacker from Troy (Will Schwarz a little bit, but not too well."

While the Chippewas were the first to extend an offer to him, it didn't take long for others to follow suit.

"About a week after Central Michigan offered me, Western Michigan did. I've never visited there and don't really know the coaches, but I'm looking to go to their campus sometime."

In addition to CMU and WMU, Duzey is hearing from Toledo, Duke, Michigan State and some schools from the Big Ten and ACC. Over the next couple of months, he is hoping to visit some of those schools and get a better idea of what their programs are all about.

"I'm looking to visit Western Michigan, Central Michigan again, Northwestern, Michigan State and maybe some ACC schools"
added Duzey.

Despite some other schools possibly getting in the mix for him, Duzey is quick to point out that the Chippewas have made quite an impression on him thus far.

"You know, CMU is pretty high on the list for me. I really like them."

Duzey plans on attending the MichiganPreps Combine, held on March 21st in Wixom, MI. ChippewaCountry will bring you more on him following that event.

Stick to ChippewaCountry for the latest in CMU athletics and recruiting.

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