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July 7, 2008

River Hill's Eaddy talks Central Michigan commitment

Leron Eaddy was more than ready to end his recruitment.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound linebacker/strong safety from River Hill was tiring of summer football camps, driving up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest to impress coaches in hopes of earning scholarship offers.

“My recruiting process was a pain,” Eaddy said. “So I was waiting for the right offer.”

Eaddy got his first offer, from Bowling Green, last month and Central Michigan followed suit soon after. Last week, Eaddy decided the scholarship from Central was the right offer and committed to the Chippewas.

Eaddy, who recorded 113 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions during his junior season, joins River Hill running back Malek Redd as part of CMU’s 2009 recruiting class.

While the Central Michigan coaches discovered Redd at Michigan’s camp, Eaddy was spotted at the rival Big 10 school.

“I started getting looked at by them at the Ohio State camp because there were a whole bunch of coaches,” Eaddy said. “There the coach told me to come and work out individually [at Central] and that’s when I got the offer. ... I ran a 40, did broad jump and agility. Then [defensive coordinator Tim] Banks had me do defensive back drills, test my hips and do some one-on-one drills.”

Eaddy was also introduced to the intensity of CMU head coach Butch Jones during his workout, something that stuck out in his mind while wrestling with his decision.

“I was working out and he was out on the field with me,” Eaddy said. “He wasn’t out and about. He was watching me and that made me feel real good. ... He’s just a great guy. I know that he loves his players. He’s real down-to-earth, just a guy you can talk to about anything.”

On Eaddy and Redd's visit to the Mount Pleasant, Mich., campus in late June, Eaddy was offered by the Chippewas and Redd committed. While Eaddy was immediately intrigued with the offer, he wasn’t ready to commit on the spot.

“Probably right after I got the offer [I knew I would commit],” Eaddy said. “Again, I wanted to get the recruiting process over as soon as I could, so I just decided to wait like a week, but I was set on Central Michigan the day after I got the offer.”

Over the course of that week between getting the offer and committing, Redd stepped up as CMU’s primary recruiter.

“He was just in my ear,” Eaddy said. “Just the chance to play with him [was a factor in my decision].”

Eaddy and Redd both plan to major in sports management and will likely room together. Eaddy, Redd and River Hill running back Michael Campanaro (a Wake Forest commitment), have been best friends throughout high school. Eaddy said he’s excited to share his college experience with one of his best friends, and he's hopeful that the pair can contribute to the back-to-back MAC champions’ continued success.

“It’s definitely a big thing to go to a school that’s a winning program and also have the chance to play early at a winning program.”

Click on the YouTube player for Eaddy’s junior-season highlights.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:06 PM | | Comments (0)
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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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