Kaneland junior wide receiver/linebacker Blake Serpa confirmed Saturday that he has verbally committed to play for Central Michigan University.
"I visited Western [Michigan] and I didn't feel as comfortable," Serpa said. "I visited Central earlier, about a month prior, and the coaches just made me feel comfortable and I liked the whole environment of the school.
"They e-mailed my dad back after I sent out my tapes and I went and visited at their junior day. They showed a lot of interest and the first day I was there they offered me a scholarship."
Serpa, a Kane County Chronicle second team all area linebacker, was recruited by CMU secondary coach Kirby Cannon.
"He's a really nice guy and their head coach showed a lot of interest with me and I get along with all of them," Serpa said.
Serpa played wide receiver and linebacker for the Knights this past season. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior projects as a tight end or defensive end once he arrives in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
"The tight end they said is one of their leading receivers every year, so I like the idea of that," Serpa said.
Central Michigan is coming off a Mid-American Conference championship and a win the GMAC Bowl. The Chippewas lost coach Butch Jones to Cincinnati and record-setting quarterback Dan LeFevour to graduation. Dan Enos has taken over as the CMU coach.
Serpa said his focus will now be on getting ready for his senior season at Kaneland, where the Knights advanced to the first round of the Class 5A playoffs before being eliminated by Sycamore.
"I'm just focusing on having a really good senior year and leading my team to the playoffs, hopefully get further in the playoffs than we have," Serpa said.