Livonia Stevenson's Kevin D'Arcy was a sleeper. He had only heard from a couple schools when Central Michigan offered him.
Had he waited, the interest in a 6'4, 295-lb junior who had just turned 16 and had good tape, would have likely earned more offers, but he says that was deemed unnecessary once the Chippewas offered.
"I had heard from Michigan State and Saginaw Valley State, but neither of them offered yet," D'Arcy explained, "and then Central offered and I just thought that was the best fit, because I'd get a lot of playing time hopefully and they had what I wanted for academics too."
D'Arcy also says head coach Dan Enos and the rest of the coaching staff was largely responsible for his decision.
"They were great. I got a tour around the campus. There were no other recruits there, so they were pretty much all focused on me. It was a really good experience."
D'Arcy will only be 17 years old when he graduates high school and heads up to Mount Pleasant, but that won't stop him from setting his sights on a spot early on.
"I talked to the offensive line coach about if they red-shirted people and red-shirted O-Linemen. I asked him that, and he said if you want to play, you'll play. I don't know what they'll do yet, if red-shirt me, but I plan on playing."
D'Arcy played right tackle for Stevenson last year, but says CMU will play him at guard, or possibly center. When asked if he minded, he simply said, "play me anywhere."
That attitude should help D'Arcy have a successful career for the Chips. The recruiting process, normally long and drawn out for most recruits, was more of a whirlwind for him. When the dust settled, he was very happy to be donning the Maroon and Gold.
"It happened so fast that it took me a few days to realize what had happened. I had only been recruited by them and talked to them for five or six days, then they offered me. It was a bang bang thing. It was pretty amazing."
D'Arcy is one of four verbal commitments for the Chippewas, and one of three offensive linemen.