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Scott and Donaldson Choose the Chips

By Barry Every
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Tyrone Scott chose the Chippewas over a dozen other colleges which included Ball State, Boston College, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Marshall and Tulane, just to name a few.

Back on June, 24 Tyrone Scott made a verbal commitment to Central Michigan, only to decide a few days later to reopen his recruiting. Well, fate is a fickle mistress as the Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins two-sport star went public in front of his teammates, reclaiming his desire to spend the next four years in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Scott chose the Chippewas over a dozen other colleges which included Ball State, Boston College, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Marshall and Tulane, just to name a few. 

Through the first eight games this season, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver has hauled in 29 passes for 581 yards and ten touchdowns, while leading the Warriors to an (8-0) start. As a junior Scott had 30 receptions for 821 yards and six scores.

If anyone is curious to what type of athlete the Chips are getting in Scott, they just need to google his name with the keyword “DUNK”. They will find a pair of ridiculous slams with Scott hurdling a full grown person while throwing it home.

On the hardwood last season Scott averaged 12.3 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per contest in leading his squad to the GHSA-AAA Quarterfinals. He also averaged two steals and 1.6 assists per game.

Scott is not the lone South Georgia air-bender who chose to play football at Central Michigan. Earlier this week Douglas (Ga.) Coffee receiver Dalrone Donaldson made his intentions known. And the similarities of both don’t stop there.

Like Scott, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Donaldson is also a two-sport high flyer. Through seven games this season he has caught 26 passes for 506 yards and nine touchdowns. As junior he nabbed 38 receptions for 668 yards and seven scores.

But wait, their football acumen and size are not the only indistinguishable characteristics that link this homogenous pair. Donaldson averaged 12.4 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per contest for the Trojan Basketball team. Oh yeah, he also added 2.1 steals and 1.2 assists a game.

Central Michigan is gaining two raw, but talented vertical threats that will cause serious matchup problems for shorter defensive backs in the Mid-American Conference. And the opportunity for early playing time exists for both. Mark Chapman and Corey Willis are the two leading wideouts for CMU. They have combined for 66 catches for 883 yards and seven touchdowns, both are seniors.

How does a school, far north of the Mason-Dixon Line, nab two very talented receivers from the Peach State? Well, in comes CMU receivers coach Marcus Knight, a former Michigan Wolverine standout, who hails from Sylacauga, Alabama. Who better to share the experience of making the move north to the Great Lakes State?

Many may question their choice of college, but it’s not like the Chips don’t have any tradition of producing high end NFL talent. Pittsburgh three-time First Team All-Pro Antonio Brown played his college ball in Mount Pleasant. During his three-year stint with the Chippewas Brown hauled in an amazing 305 passes for 3,199 yards and 22 touchdowns. And just four years ago CMU offensive lineman Eric Fisher was the first player taken in the NFL Draft.

They will not be lone players from South Georgia on the Central Michigan roster as sophomore cornerback Da’Quaun Jamison played his high school ball at Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County. Also in the Class of 2018 the Chips have already gained the commitment of Americus (Ga.) Americus-Sumter athlete Kobe Lewis.

It sounds like may want to consider adding the MAC as one of the conferences they cover. For Scott and Donaldson, Central Michigan just may be the right spot to fulfill their dreams of playing football on the highest platform one day.