2009 CMU Football Signing Class Bios (M-Z)

A.J. Westendorp

The Central Michigan University football program signed 30 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. Listed here are biographical sketches for 16 of those 30 student-athletes.

2009 CMU Football Signing Class Biographical Sketches (M-Z)

Dominic Mainello • OL • 6-4 • 250 • Fort Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood • Coach Noel Rash At Beechwood High School: Two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines ... team captain ... all-state first team selection by the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2008 ... earned all-state honorable mention recognition as a junior ... helped lead team to Kentucky Class 1A state championships in 2007 and 2008 ... two-time all-conference first team selection on offense. Personal: Parents are Bernie Mainello and Michelle Iles ... born Aug. 22, 1991.

Aaron McCord • DL • 6-3 • 265 • Warren, Mich./Crockett • Coach Rod Oden At Crockett High School: Three-year letterman ... team captain as a senior ... all-state first team selection by the Detroit Free Press ... ranked No. 31 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... All-Detroit first team selection as an offensive lineman by the Detroit Free Press ... All-Detroit first team selection as an defensive lineman by the Detroit News ... tallied 63 tackles, including 18 for a loss and 13 sacks, and four forced fumbles in 2008 ... finished career with 43 tackles for loss, 24 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries ... earned all-academic honors from the MHSAA ... lettered twice in track and field. Personal: Son of Anntoinette McCord ... born Feb. 23, 1991 ... high school teammate of Central Michigan freshman receiver Valtorrey Showers ... chose CMU over Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ball State and Bowling Green.

Davon Muse • RB • 5-9 • 160 • Baltimore, Md./Dunbar • Coach Lawrence Smith At Dunbar High School: Team captain in 2008 ... all-state honorable mention selection by the Associated Press ... ran for more than 1,100 yards and scored 14 touchdowns and 12 two-point conversions in 2008 ... also ranked second on team with eight interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns ... helped lead team to third consecutive Class 1A state championship ... competed in the 2008 Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star Game. Personal: Parents are John Gross and Katherine Muse ... born Nov. 28, 1990.

Cody Pettit • DL • 6-3 • 232 • Deshler, Ohio/Patrick Henry • Coach Bill Inselmann At Patrick Henry High School: Two-year starter ... team captain ... recorded 100 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and five sacks, as a senior in 2008 ... All-Ohio Division V first team selection in 2008 ... named Ohio Division V co-Defensive Player of the Year ... selected to participate in Big 33 Ohio vs. Pennsylvania all-star game ... team was 12-0 before falling in Division V state quarterfinals in 2008 ... Patriots advanced to state semifinals and finished 12-2 in 2007 ... named to 2008 All-Toledo Blade team ... All-Ohio first team selection as an offensive lineman in 2007 ... earned one varsity letter in basketball. Personal: Son of Gregg and Fawn Pettit ... born March 12, 1990 ... chose CMU over Michigan State, Purdue, Akron, Ohio and Kent State.

Tim Phillips • RB • 5-5 • 165 • Louisville, Ky./Trinity • Coach Bob Beatty At Trinity High School: Team captain as a senior ... part of four consecutive state championships ... scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) in the 2008 6A title game ... ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the 2007 title game ... team finished 2008 season ranked 13th nationally in USA Today Super 25 rankings ... ran for 1,032 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2007 ... rushed for 1,535 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior ... caught 29 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns in 2008 ... in five playoff games alone in 2008, rushed for 771 yards and 14 touchdowns ... school's all-time leading rusher with 4,587 yards ... had a 97-yard touchdown run as a senior ... ranks 18th in state history with 76 career rushing touchdowns ... Louisville Courier-Journal all-state first team selection ... rushed for at least 100 yards in 10 consecutive playoff games over his final two seasons ... caught 56 passes for 575 yards and seven touchdowns during career ... also returned two kickoffs for scores ... three-year letterman in track and field ... National Honor Society member ... nominee for the Governor Scholar award. Personal: Son of Christine Phillips ... born Dec. 30, 1990.

Evan Ray • DB • 6-1 • 185 • Detroit, Mich./Finney • Coach Tony Elliott At Finney High School: Three-year starter ... two-year team captain ... All-Detroit first team selection by the Detroit News ... No. 46 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... All-Detroit honorable mention selection by the Detroit Free Press as a quarterback ... collected 21 tackles and five pass break-ups last season ... as a quarterback, threw for 674 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 646 yards. Personal: Parents are Eric and Carolyn Ray ... born Aug. 20, 1991 ... high school coach, Tony Elliott, was a defensive back at CMU from 1983-86 ... chose CMU over Ball State.

Malek Redd • RB • 5-5 • 150 • Columbia, Md./River Hill • Coach Brian Van Deusen At River Hill High School: Three-year letterman ... all-state second 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 ... ran for 1,301 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2007 ... averaged 11.5 yards per carry ... rushed for 1,079 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2008 ... averaged 13.5 yards per carry ... competed in the 2008 Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star Game ... finished career with more than 4,000 yards rushing, 850 yards receiving and 50 touchdowns ... recorded 13 career interceptions ... two-time all-conference selection ... team's Offensive MVP in 2008. Personal: Parents are Camero Mercer and Monica Blakney-Mercer ... born Feb. 28, 1990 ... high school teammate of fellow CMU signee Leron Eaddy ... chose CMU over Syracuse, West Virginia and Wake Forest.

Caesar Rodriguez • DE • 6-2 • 215 • Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus • Coach Chris Merrit At Christopher Columbus High School: Three-year starter ... two-year team captain ... earned All-Dade County 6A-4A first team accolades from the Miami Herald ... second team all-state honoree ... helped lead team to a 9-1 overall record and berth in the Class 6A playoffs ... selected to compete in both the 2009 Dade-Broward All-Star Game and the 2009 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... team captain in the Dade-Broward game ... made 50 tackles, including 14 sacks, as a senior ... credited with 51 tackles, including nine sacks, as a junior ... two-year letterman in track and field. Personal: Son of Robert and Xiomara Rodriguez ... born Oct. 22, 1990 ... chose CMU over Western Michigan, Kent State, Florida International, Florida Atlantic and La.-Lafayette.

Adam Schneid • OL • 6-5 • 255 • Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake • Coach Dave Dlugosz At Avon Lake High School: Two-year starter ... Division II All-Ohio first team selection by the Associated Press ... all-district and All-Lorain County first team selection ... named Lorain County's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman by the Lorain Chronicle-Telegram ... selected to the All-Morning Journal first team ... team finished 8-3 and advanced to the state playoffs in 2008 ... team was 11-1 and won a first-round playoff game in 2007 ... Avon Lake won back-to-back conference championships in 2007 and 2008 ... earned one varsity letter in track and field. Personal: Parents are Jeff and Sue Schneid ... born June 27, 1991 ... chose CMU over Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Miami, Bowling Green and Air Force.

Will Schwarz • LB • 6-5 • 215 • Troy, Mich./Troy • Coach Gary Griffith At Troy High School: Two-year starter ... 2008 team captain ... ranked No. 30 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... All-North honoree by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press ... all-area first team selection by the Observer & Eccentric ... two-time all-league first team selection ... credited with 72 total tackles in 2008 ... also tallied nine sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown ... collected 84 tackles, including 12 for a loss and six sacks, and two fumble recoveries as a junior ... helped lead team to playoff appearances in 2007 and 2008, including a berth in the Division 1 state semifinals in 2007 ... earned three varsity letters in track and field and one in basketball. Personal: Son of Eric and Margie Schwarz ... born June 1, 1990 ... chose CMU over Stanford, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green and Buffalo.

D.J. Scott • DB • 5-9 • 165 • Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson • Coach Ben Wright Enrolled at CMU for spring semester. At Thomas Johnson High School: Team captain ... two-time all-state selection who lined up at receiver, defensive back and kick returner ... intercepted 11 passes as a junior, returning three for touchdowns ... part of the Baltimore All-Star team that competed against a team of all-stars from Washington, D.C. in the 2008 Maryland Crab Bowl. Personal: Son of Darrick and Terresa Scott ... born Aug. 1, 1990 ... chose CMU over Syracuse.

Alex Smith • LB • 6-3 • 220 • Barrington, Ill./Barrington • Coach Joe Sanchez At Barrington High School: Two-year starter ... helped lead team to a 9-3 record and Class 8A state quarterfinals appearance in 2008 ... named to the Chicago Sun-Times Top 30 ... earned all-area and all-conference honors in 2007 and 2008 ... credited with 101 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and eight sacks, as a senior ... earned one varsity letter in track and field. Personal: Son of Iain and Debbie Smith ... born Sept. 6, 1990 ... chose CMU over Illinois, Purdue, Colorado, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Akron.

Zurlon Tipton • RB • 6-1 • 195 • Detroit, Mich./Parkway Christian • Coach Jason Hann At Parkway Christian High School: Four-year letterman in three sports: football, basketball and track and field ... captain of the football team in 2008 ... ranks in the top 20 in state history in eight categories including single-season rushing yards (1,607) and rushing touchdowns (25) and career rushing yards (5,115) and rushing touchdowns (76) ... four-time all-conference selection and three-time conference MVP ... earned all-state honors from the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News in 2008 ... two-time Associated Press all-state selection ... ranked No. 24 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... selected to play in the 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game ... rushed 152 times for 1,607 yards (10.6 ypc) and 25 touchdowns and caught five passes for 104 yards and a score as a senior ... also returned four kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns in 2008 ... defensively, credited with 121 tackles, including three sacks, and three forced fumbles as a senior ... finished career with 76 rushing touchdowns, nine touchdown receptions, six kickoff returns for touchdowns and three punt returns for touchdowns ... averaged 11.2 yards per carry rushing for his career ... career totals also include 301 tackles, 16 sacks and 14 forced fumbles. Personal: Parents are George and Cortrice Boone ... born April 27, 1990 ... chose CMU over Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Kansas and Ball State.

A.J. Westendorp • QB • 6-1 • 210 • Holland, Mich./Holland Christian • Coach Willie Snead At Holland Christian High School: Three-year letterman and two-year starter ... team captain as a senior ... Associated Press Division 3-4 all-state first team selection ... ranked No. 34 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... helped lead Holland Christian to a 14-0 record and the 2008 Division 4 state championship ... completed 26-of-33 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries in the state championship game ... set Michigan state championship game records for completions (26), passing yards (318) and total offense (426) ... named MVP of the state title game ... completed 226 of 326 passes (69.3 percent) for 3,600 yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior ... also ran for a school-record 1,251 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2008 ... tied a state record for single-season touchdown passes and ranks second in single-season completions and passing yards ... finished senior season with 4,851 yards of total offense and 65 total touchdowns ... set school career records for touchdown passes (68) and passing yards (5,938) ... WZZM TV-13 West Michigan Player of the Year ... named to the Holland Sentinel all-area team in 2007 and 2008 ... member of the Grand Rapids Press Dream Team ... two-time all-conference selection ... also made 64 tackles as a linebacker in 2008 ... three-year letterman in track and field and two-year letterman in basketball. Personal: Son of Jeff and Nancy Westendorp ... born April 8, 1991.

Cody Wilson • WR • 5-10 • 175 • Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams • Coach Tony Patritto At Rochester Adams High School: Three-year starter ... 2008 team captain ... part of back-to-back OAA championship teams in 2007 and 2008 ... helped lead team to a 12-1 record and regional championship in 2007 ... selected to Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team as a senior ... ranked No. 18 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 ... also earned all-conference, all-area and All-North first team honors ... set school records with 52 receptions, 985 receiving yards and 12 touchdown receptions as a senior ... also rushed for 440 yards and seven scores and threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in 2008 ... defensively, made 57 tackles, intercepted three passes and blocked two kicks ... as a junior, caught 32 passes for 501 yards and seven touchdowns ... tallied 20 receptions for 400 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore ... selected to play in 2009 Michigan High School Football Coaches Association All-Star Game. Personal: Son of Dave and Ann Wilson ... born March 5, 1991 ... chose CMU over Eastern Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue and Cincinnati.

Kyle Zelinsky • LB • 6-1 • 225 • Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett • Coach Thomas Meaney At Bartlett High School: Three-year letterman ... two-year team captain and MVP ... Courier News 2008 Player of the Year ... named Upstate Eight Conference Defensive MVP in 2008 ... helped lead team to a conference championship, undefeated regular season and Class 8A state semifinal appearance in 2008 ... one of two honorary captains of the Daily Herald's all-area team ... collected all-state first team honors from the Chicago Tribune, News-Gazette and Illinois High School Football Coaches Association ... named area player of the year by the Suburban News ... earned academic all-conference and academic all-state honors as a junior and a senior ... recorded 125 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, as a senior ... finished career with 298 total tackles ... lettered in swimming as a freshman ... won conference and sectional titles and advanced to the state finals in the pool. Personal: Parents are Paul and Michelle Zelinsky ... born Aug. 13, 1991 ... chose CMU over Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Akron and Air Force.

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