Identified by some recruiting services as one of the top 20 or 30 players in the state of Michigan for the class of 2015, junior Austin Ervin of St. Johns could have camped over the summer and picked up offers from bigger programs.
But he felt at home at Central Michigan.
The 6-foot-6 tight end committed to the Chippewas on Monday. Ervin had 17 receptions for 231 yards and two touchdowns during his junior season.
“I’ve had Central in my mind for a while,” Ervin said. My dad’s side of the family lives in Mount Pleasant so I have a lot of family connection there. I’ve grown up a little bit around Central, so it always has kind of seemed like a great place to be at.
“The signs pointed to that it was a great place and a great place for me, so that’s why I pulled the trigger right now.”
Central Michigan, coached by former Michigan State assistant Dan Enos, was Ervin’s first Division I offer on Dec. 12 of 2013.
He had also received some interest from MSU and Michigan.
“I didn’t see a reason to keep this going any longer,” Ervin said. “I figured this was the perfect time to make a decision.”
Ervin, the eighth commit for Central’s 2015 class, is yet another recruiting score for Enos in the mid-Michigan area. In the previous four classes, he gained commitments from Ithaca quarterback Alex Niznak, Lansing Catholic quarterback Cooper Rush, Olivet lineman Don Kyre, Holt lineman Kenny Rogers, Wavery lineman Ramadan Ahmeti and Mason running back Saylor Lavallii.
Everett’s Damon (Leondre) Terry also is committed to CMU for 2015.
The Chippewas went 6-6 last season and won the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in 2012 to finish 7-6.
“I think the MAC is a great conference and it’s on the rise,” Ervin said. “Central’s going in the right direction and the whole conference, in general, is going in the right direction.”