July 7, 2010

Rockford (MI) OT Parker Ehinger talks camps, recruiting

In the search to add some recruits to the offensive line, one of the first players to receive a CMU offer was Rockford (MI) tackle Parker Ehinger. The 6-foot-7 and 265 pound Ehinger has since added offers from Cincinnati, Ball State and Toledo, with a few other schools showing interest.

"Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue, those are the three schools I'm hearing from the most," added Ehinger. "I really don't know where they are going recruiting wise, so we'll just have to see what happens, but MSU and Purdue are probably showing the most interest of those three."

Ehinger is a prospect who has seen his stock rise substantially during the summer camp period. He started his career off as a tight end, but as he has grown, made the move to offensive tackle.

"I camped at Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue. I really learned a lot and I was able to test my skills against some of the top guys from the Midwest. I felt like I was one of the top lineman at each of those camps" said Ehinger.

Although he didn't camp at Central Michigan, Ehinger is more than familiar with the CMU campus and program. He has visited numerous times and he is well aware of the Rockford pipeline that produced former Chippewas Adam Kieft, Joe Staley, and Bryan Anderson, all of whom played in the NFL.

"It does help that I have a good feel about CMU and the potential I would have there knowing that Kieft, Staley and Anderson are all guys from Rockford who are playing in the NFL," Ehinger said. "It gives me good thoughts knowing those guys were successful there."

In looking at schools, Ehinger has placed his relationship with the coaching staff and academics as priorities.

"I'm looking for an offensive line coach who I can see myself playing under, and someone I can have a good relationship with," added Ehinger. "Then I'm looking for a school where I can be comfortable for four to five years and get a good education, and then hopefully I can get some good playing time as well."

As it stands now, two offensive line coaches have made terrific impressions on Ehinger, and both have CMU roots. The first is current CMU offensive line coach Mike Cummings, and the second is former CMU offensive line coach Don Mahoney, who now holds the same position at Cincinnati.

"Coach Cummings, I like him as a coach," Ehinger said. "He's a hardnosed type of guy, but it also seems like he has a softer side. He's a guy who can be tough on you as a coach, but still jokes around. You know, I could see myself playing for him, it's just about getting that bond, and I like coaches who are hardnosed like that."

"Coach Mahoney, I like him a lot," added Ehinger. "He came from CMU and I've known him since I was a freshman in high school. Back then I was a tight end, and I remember him talking to me and telling me if I put on some weight I have potential as a tackle. And he's a hardnosed guy too, so I could definitely see my self playing for him also."

Central Michigan and Cincinnati are currently the top two choices for Ehinger, and it has set up another interesting battle between the Chippewas and Bearcats.

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