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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Season of indecision

With a little less than a week left until the majority of senior prep football stars make their college choice permanent (or at least more binding than a verbal thumbs-up), the flip-flopping has begun in earnest.

Central Michigan continues to hemorrhage recruits, as players who'd earlier committed to head coach Butch Jones are switching their allegiance to Jones' new employer, Cincinnati. A local product — three-star WR prospect Montrel Robinson of Southfield-Lathrup — followed the Chippewas' top recruit, Montague QB Cody Kater, down I-75 to southern Ohio, switching their commitments to the Bearcats. CMU did add a verbal commit, getting the nod from 6-foot-6, 280-pound sleeper OT Leterrious Walton of Clinton Township Clintondale before he visits campus this weekend.

At Michigan, an apparent lack of communication with coaches led Dallas Skyline speedster Tony Drake to switch his commitment from U-M to Colorado State. A running back in high school, the 5-foot-9, 176-pounder would have likely been a slot receiver with the Wolverines, in the mold of Kelvin Grady — who has, incidentally, returned to the hardwood as practice player for John Beilein's team. Grady left the basketball team after last season, and prepared to transfer, before deciding to switch sports.

Grady isn't the only two-sport star making an appearance in the Big Ten gyms lately. After finishing his freshman season with an appearance in the Alamo Bowl, Michigan State tight end Dion Sims has begun to suit up for Tom Izzo's No. 5-ranked MSU basketball team. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Sims, who finished fourth in the Mr. Basketball voting last winter, has appeared in just one game since the start of the semester, playing one minute in a 10-point home win over Illinois, but hasn't seen the floor in the last three games, all close games to the end.

Not all the stories are so rosy in East Lansing, as the fallout continues from the season-ending brawl that initially led to the suspension of 13 players, the eventual dismissal of two, and the transfer of two more. A pair of players have been added to list of those charged — bringing the total to 15. Defensive tackle Oren Wilson and receiver Myles White both face charges of assault, brought earlier this week. Both players were immediately suspended by the program. Unlike those players charged initially, Wilson played in the Alamo Bowl, but White had already been suspended for the game for a separate incident.

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