Both Alex Niznak and Austin White are enrolled at Central Michigan for the spring semester. Niznak is a freshman who graduated from nearby Ithaca (Mich.) High School last month, while White is a freshman transfer from Michigan.
Both will participate in spring practice, but NCAA transfer requirements will prevent White from playing in games for CMU during the 2011 season. He can continue to practice with the team during the 2011 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2012 season.
"We're obviously very excited to have Alex and Austin as members of our football program," CMU head coach Dan Enos said. "They are both very talented individuals and are the type of young men we want to have in our program."
Niznak led Ithaca to a perfect 14-0 season and a Division 6 state championship in 2010. He completed 150-of-219 passes for 2,731 yards and 31 touchdowns and ran for 1,161 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. In the Yellowjackets' 45-35 win over Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, Niznak completed 22-of-26 passes for 251 yards and ran for 138 yards and a state title game record five touchdowns.
He earned Associated Press all-state first team honors, was named the area's offensive player of the year by the Lansing State Journal and Mount Pleasant Morning Sun and was named to the Detroit News Dream Team.
White posted three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons at Livonia (Mich.) Stevenson High School. He ran for 1,494 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior in 2009, 1,610 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior and 1,606 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore.
He was the No. 8 player on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 list as a senior, and he was ranked No. 10 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list in 2009. Scout.com and Rivals.com ranked White as the No. 5 and No. 11 player, respectively, in the state of Michigan as a high school senior.
Ithaca, Mich./Ithaca HS
At Ithaca: Led Yellowjackets to a perfect 14-0 season and a Division 6 state championship in 2010 ... completed 150-of-219 passes for 2,731 yards and 31 touchdowns and ran for 1,161 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior ... completed 22-of-26 passes for 251 yards and ran for 138 yards and a state title game record five touchdowns in Ithaca's 45-35 win over Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central in 2010 Division 6 state championship game ... Associated Press all-state first team ... named area's offensive player of the year by the Lansing State Journal and Mount Pleasant Morning Sun ... Detroit News Dream Team selection ... earned honorable mention all-state recognition as a junior in 2009 ... completed 137-of-215 passes for 2,077 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for 1,637 yards and 28 touchdowns during junior season ... helped lead Ithaca to an 11-2 overall record and berth in the state semifinals in 2009.
Personal: Son of Steve and Judy Niznak ... born Nov. 2, 1992 ... high school coach was Terry Hessbrook.
Livonia, Mich./Stevenson HS/University of Michigan
At Livonia Stevenson: Rated a four-star recruit and the nation's 15th-best running back by Scout.com ... rated the fifth-best player in the state of Michigan according to Scout.com ... three-star and the No. 11 player in the state of Michigan by Rivals.com ... listed as the 10th-best all-purpose back according to Rivals.com ... ranked No. 8 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and No. 10 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list ... SuperPrep All-American and the No. 25 player in the Midwest ... three-star and the nation's No. 77 running back according to Scouts, Inc. ... Prep Star All-American ... carried the ball 209 times for 1,494 yards and 21 touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 169 yards as a senior in 2009 ... rushed 228 times for 1,610 yards and scored 28 touchdowns and added 21 receptions for 310 yards and four scores as a junior ... gained 1,606 yards and scored 30 touchdowns as a sophomore ... also caught 19 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns sophomore year ... had 14 kickoff returns for 371 yards and one TD with a long return of 90 yards as a sophomore.
Personal: Son of Michael and Karen White ... born Dec. 30, 1991 ... brother Mitchell plays football at Michigan State ... high school coach was Tim Gabel.