2009 CMU Football Signing Class Bios (A-L)
Shamari Benton
Shamari Benton

Posted Feb 5, 2009


The Central Michigan University football program signed 30 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. Listed here are biographical sketches for 14 of those 30 student-athletes.

2009 CMU Football Signing Class Biographical Sketches (A-L)

Justice Akuezue • DE • 6-3 • 205 • Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron • Coach Joel Przygodski At Huron High School: Earned all-area first team honors from the Ann Arbor News ... All-SEC Red Division first team selection ... No. 45 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... nominated for the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game. Personal: Son of Hysinus and Sherri Akuezue ... born April 9, 1991 ... chose Central Michigan over Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Deja Alexander • WR • 6-1 • 190 • Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast • Coach Marty Lee At First Coast High School: Collected All-First Coast second team honors from the Florida Times-Union ... named to the Florida Times-Union Super 24 ... All-District 3-5A first team selection ... All-Gateway Conference second team ... caught 14 touchdown passes as a senior ... named team’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 ... selected to play in the North-South Shrine Bowl ... helped lead team to four straight district titles and four straight playoff berths. Personal: Son of Jerome Alexander ... born March 17, 1991.

Shamari Benton • LB • 6-0 • 180 • Detroit, Mich./Brother Rice • Coach Al Fracassa At Brother Rice High School: Three-year starter ... team captain ... ranked No. 19 on Lansing State Journal’s list of the top 22 seniors in the state ... ranked No. 37 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... named to Oakland County Dream Team by the Oakland Press ... collected 72 tackles, including 12 for a loss, one interception and one fumble recovery ... career totals are 167 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks ... helped lead Brother Rice to two Catholic League championships ... earned one varsity letter in track and field. Personal: Son of Jamal and Damali Gaddie ... born May 9, 1991 ... chose CMU over Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron and New Mexico.

Galen Clemons • DE • 6-2 • 255 • Danielsville, Pa./Northampton • Coach Bob Steckel At Northampton High School: Four-year starter ... 2008 team captain ... all-conference first team selection as an offensive and defensive lineman in 2008 ... earned all-area first team honors from both the Express-Times and the Morning Call ... credited with 87 tackles in 2008 ... made 83 stops in 2007, 102 tackles in 2006 and 71 in 2005 ... helped lead team to 4A Eastern Conference championships in 2006 and 2008 ... Northampton finished 10-3 overall in 2008 ... two-year letterman in track and field. Personal: Son of Steve and Wendy Clemons ... born June 3, 1990 ... chose CMU over Akron and Army.

Jon Czerwienski • OL • 6-3 • 260 • Roseville, Mich./Fraser • Coach Joe Kaczanowski At Fraser High School: Three-year letterman ... team captain ... earned all-league and all-county honors ... No. 42 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... named to the Detroit Free Press All-East team ... two-sport athlete who also lettered in track and field. Personal: Parents are Edward and Lori Czerwienski ... born March 1, 1991.

Leron Eaddy • DB • 5-10 • 190 • Clarksville, Md./River Hill • Coach Brian Van Deusen At River Hill High School: Three-year letterman ... two-time all-state first team selection by the Associated Press ... helped lead River Hill to back-to-back undefeated seasons and Class 2A state titles in 2007 and 2008 ... team finished 2008 season ranked No. 23 nationally in USA Today Super 25 rankings ... tallied 89 tackles, including three sacks, in 2008 ... finished career with 225 tackles, eight interceptions and 15 sacks ... competed in the 2008 Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star Game ... three-time all-conference honoree ... team’s Defensive MVP in 2008 ... lettered twice in basketball. Personal: Mother is Lashavio Nias ... born March 10, 1991 ... high school teammate of fellow CMU signee Malek Redd ... chose CMU over Bowling Green and Wake Forest.

Jeff Fantuzzi • OL • 6-4 • 280 • Macomb, Mich./Dakota • Coach Mike Giannone Enrolled at CMU for spring semester. At Dakota High School: Two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines ... 2008 team captain ... ranked No. 19 on Lansing State Journal’s list of the top 22 seniors in the state ... member of the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team ... ranked No. 21 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... named to the Associated Press Division 1-2 all-state squad in 2008 ... part of two state championship teams (2006, 2007) ... team was 14-1 overall in 2006 and 15-0 in 2007 ... Dakota finished 9-2 and advanced to the playoffs in 2008 ... all-county and all-conference first team honoree. Personal: Parents are Paul and Jeanine Fantuzzi ... born May 31, 1991 ... chose CMU over Louisville, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Miami, Buffalo and Bowling Green.

Adam Fenton • LB • 6-2 • 215 • Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm • Coach Chris Fahr At Seaholm High School: Three-year starter ... two-year team captain ... selected team’s 2008 MVP after recording 119 tackles, eight sacks and six forced fumbles ... No. 38 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... named to the Detroit Free Press All-North squad ... Oakland Press All-Oakland County Dream Team selection ... Detroit News All-Metro honoree ... earned three varsity letters in lacrosse and one in wrestling ... two-time all-state selection in lacrosse. Personal: Son of Patrick and Laura Fenton ... born Jan. 23, 1991 ... chose CMU over Eastern Michigan, Buffalo and Army.

Eric Fisher • OL • 6-7 • 243 • Rochester, Mich./Stoney Creek • Coach Calvin Gross At Stoney Creek High School: Three-year starter ... team captain as a senior ... earned all-state honorable mention accolades from the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Associated Press ... selected to play in Michigan High School Football Coaches Association all-star game ... ranked No. 48 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... All-Oakland County Dream Team member ... tabbed first team all-league, All-Eccentric, All-North and All-Detroit Metro ... helped lead team to 2006 and 2007 OAA Blue championships ... earned honorable mention all-area and all-league honors as a junior ... also lettered three years in basketball ... earned all-league honors on the hardwood ... basketball team captain. Personal: Parents are Tim Fisher and Jim Coe and Heidi Fisher Coe ... born Jan. 5, 1991 ... chose CMU over Purdue, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Jarrett Fleming • DE • 6-6 • 215 • South Bend, Ind./Washington • Coach Antwon Jones At Washington High School: Two-year team captain ... three-year starter ... earned Class 4A all-state honorable mention accolades ... two-time all-conference selection ... earned junior all-state honors as a sophomore and junior ... made 56 tackles, including 45 solo stops, last season ... credited with five sacks ... also caught 18 passes for 344 yards and eight touchdowns ... invited to the U.S. Army National Combine ... three-year starter in basketball ... captain of the basketball team ... earned all-conference honorable mention recognition as a junior. Personal: Parents are Dennis Fleming and Cathy Diggins ... born Nov. 20, 1990 ... chose CMU over Northern Illinois and Bowling Green.

Bobby James • TE • 6-3 • 227 • Hobart, Ind./Hobart • Coach Wally McCormack At Hobart High School: Four-year starter ... team captain as a senior ... finished career with 173 receptions for 2,904 yards and 35 touchdowns ... career yardage total ranks ninth in Indiana history ... named to the Class 4A all-state first team in 2008 ... named Northwest Indiana Times Offensive Player of the Year ... 44 receptions for 776 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2008 ... 41 receptions for 639 yards and seven touchdowns in 2007 ... 41 receptions for 738 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2006 ... 47 receptions for 751 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman in 2005 ... playing linebacker as a senior, added 27 tackles, two interceptions and three defensive touchdowns. Personal: Parents are Michael James and Barb Law ... born Dec. 14, 1990 ... chose CMU over Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Miami and Syracuse.

Jason Johnson • DB • 6-0 • 177 • Durand, Mich./Durand • Coach Bryan Carpenter Enrolled at CMU for spring semester. At Durand High School: Four-year starter on offense and defense ... two-year team captain ... led team in tackles with 102 in 2007 and 121 in 2008 ... intercepted 11 passes during final two seasons ... ranked No. 35 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... three-time all-conference selection ... collected athlete of the week honors from the Flint Journal and Argus Press and athlete of the month accolades from Memorial Healthcare and 92.5 FM ... earned three varsity letters in wrestling, three in track and field and one in baseball ... National Honor Society member ... selected as Durand Student of the Month and Rotary Student of the Month ... four-year honor roll student. Personal: Son of Marty and Pat Johnson ... born Dec. 30, 1990 ... high school coach, Bryan Carpenter, was an All-Mid-American Conference offensive lineman at CMU ... chose CMU over Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green.

Aaron Kaczmarski • DL • 6-5 • 255 • Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville • Coach Zac Wells At Merrillville High School: Team captain ... Class 5A all-state first team selection by the Associated Press ... named Region Sports Monthly’s 2008 Lineman of the Year ... all-area selection by the Northwest Indiana Times and Post-Tribune ... credited with 58 tackles, including 36 solo, two sacks and five tackles for loss in 2008. Personal: Son of Tony and Janice Kaczmarski ... born April 6, 1991 ... chose CMU over Eastern Michigan and Ball State.

Ronnie Kennedy • WR • 5-8 • 150 • Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas • Coach George Smith At St. Thomas Aquinas High School: All-state second team selection as a defensive back ... rushed for 192 yards on 25 carries in 2008 ... caught two passes for 12 yards ... defensively, credited with 38 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass breakups and a forced fumble ... scored eight touchdowns — four rushing, two punt returns, one kickoff return and one interception return ... scored on a 3-yard run, 30-yard interception return and 92-yard punt return in a Class 5A state quarterfinal victory ... helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas to a 15-0 record, Class 5A state championship and the No. 1 national ranking in the USA Today Super 25 rankings ... Aquinas also won the Class 5A state title in 2007 ... caught a 37-yard touchdown pass in the 2007 state championship game and scored on an 8-yard run in the 2008 title game. Personal: Parents are Cassandra Flood and Ronnie Kennedy Sr. ... born Dec. 26, 1990 ... chose CMU over Troy, Auburn, Minnesota and South Carolina.



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