August 7, 2010

Rawls and Roberts take in Chippewas practice

The Central Michigan football team welcomed two important visitors to their campus on Friday when running back Thomas Rawls from Flint Northern and Kendrick Roberts from Flint Southwestern stopped by. Though the two play for rival city schools, they have developed quite the friendship and have mentioned that playing for the same school may be an option.

The 5-foot-10 and 215 pound Rawls holds offers from CMU and Cincinnati and he spent the majority of practice watching CMU running backs coach Kort Shankweiler run drills.

"The coaches have been demonstrating a lot and I was impressed at how Coach (Dan) Enos and Coach Shankweiler were coaching," said Rawls. "Once again, and I had the same thoughts last time. But it's been a good practice, the quarterbacks look good, the running backs look good, and the lineman, just about everyone was looking good."

And then Rawls went into detail about some of the more running back specific drills being done and how he could see himself playing in a similar system.

"I liked a couple of plays that were designed cutbacks, you kind of shift the defensive line and then flood them right, and then the back cuts back left. It looked like a Z play or something," added Rawls. "But they opened it up with some other runs and screen passes, and it was just overall impressive."

Being the first camp practice for Enos and his staff, Rawls and Roberts were able to take in the new practice atmosphere at CMU.

"Yeah man, the atmosphere around here is real good," said Rawls. "It was real live and I was talking to some of the players, and they were real cool and funny. A few of the guys were telling me about the schemes and how they block and everything, but the atmosphere was cool, I could definitely see myself being part of it."

"It's a real nice environment and everyone is involved in practice," said Roberts. "The coaches are making you real pumped and it's just a good environment."

While Rawls was watching the running backs, Roberts was watching his main recruiter and CMU wide receivers coach Terry Samuels, work with the wideouts.

"Everything is nice, I can see that they are all working hard. There has been a couple of dropped passes, but that is something you expect on the first day. Everything that they do to prepare them for games, it all looks good right now" Roberts said.

Both Coach Samuels and Coach Enos were excited to see the 6-foot-3 and 180 pound Roberts at practice as well. Roberts holds offers from CMU, Western Michigan and Toledo, and then he recently added an offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes earlier this week.

"I have a real good relationship with both of them," said Roberts and his relationship with Enos and Samuels. "They were excited to see me here today, and we talked about some stuff, so it was real good."

Both Roberts and Rawls have taken multiple trips to Mount Pleasant and both are very high on the Chippewas priority list. So, ChippewaCountry presented each with the same question: Could you see yourself on this field next year in the maroon and gold?

"I really can, I mean I really can" said Rawls.

"Oh yeah, I really could," said Roberts. "It looks nice and I've kind of thought about it already."

With ten commitments already, it looks like the Chippewas are in very good standing with two of the top players in the state of Michigan.

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