Tough, athletic offensive linemen for the spread offense can be difficult to find at times.
's quarterbacks will be thankful to learn that the Chippewas landed a big one - literally and figuratively – from Michigan
's Upper Peninsula this summer.
Gladstone (Mich.) High School's Kent King
, all 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, committed to CMU following a dominating performance at the Chippewas' football camp in June.
"Central Michigan has been after me since my sophomore year," King said. "They finally offered me after I had a great performance at camp in June."
King picked Central Michigan over interest from Michigan State
"Central Michigan coaches introduced themselves to me when I was a sophomore at a Michigan camp," King said. "They thought I was a junior given my size and the same recruiter (CMU assistant coach Max Glowacki) has been talking to me ever since.
"I like everything about Central Michigan," King added. "Whenever their games were on I would check them out. They are a program on the rise."
King stated that he has been talking directly with CMU assistant Max Glowacki, himself a U.P. native (Sault Ste. Marie) and former Chippewa offensive lineman.
Glowacki is King's primary recruiter who King said hosted him during a recent unofficial visit.
"It was great to meet with Coach Glowacki and the other players at that event," King said.
According to King, CMU head coach Butch Jones has already mapped out a plan for the next five years of King's life – a plan he says he endorses and is excited to begin his CMU journey next summer.
"The plan is for me to redshirt," King said. "Central Michigan is going to spend a year bulking me up so I can come in and compete right away in 2011. I am excited to get on campus and start the process."
While major high school program across the country are lucky to turn out one Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) prospect in a decade, King will be the second lineman in two years coming out of Gladstone High.
went to Western Michigan
last year," King said. "There was no interest between Western Michigan and I so it was never an option for me to play with him at WMU."
While CMU has a great history with recruiting football players from the U.P., King confessed that he grew up a huge University of Michigan fan. While he remains a fan of the maize and blue, King assures all that an offer from Rich Rodriguez himself would not change his commitment to CMU.
"I am loyal to the team which showed me the most interest early on," King said. "I will stick with CMU no matter what, even if Michigan did offer."
King said he was impressed with the Chippewas' effort against Arizona
and he will be rooting for CMU against Michigan State this weekend.
"I predict 21–14 for Central to beat State," King said. "Michigan State invited me down to check out the game but now that I am a Chippewa I will be watching it at home."
King also confessed that he hoped a delicacy local to Michigan's Upper Peninsula will be made available for him at CMU.
"I hope they have pasties down there," King said, referring to the meat-filled pastry.
When confronted on whether pasties are just "glorified hot pockets," King was quick to defend the hometown dish.
"They most certainly are not glorified hot pockets," King laughed, "pasties are my blocking fuel."
The Central Michigan football program has recruited some great players from Michigan's Upper Peninsula over the years, including Mike Hirn, Max Glowacki and Jeff Jenerou. The Chippewas have another talented "UPer" on the way in Gladstone High School offensive lineman Kent King.
Michigan offensive lineman excited about future with the Chippewas.