May 19, 2013

Thielk looking to visit CMU next month

If there is one state outside of Michigan that the Chippewas have heavily targeted, it would have to be Illinois. Over the past two years, CMU has added nine commitments from Illinois, and while they have yet to grab a commitment this season, they do have twelve offers out to uncommitted players.

One of the players who recently added an offer was Batavia (Ill.) inside linebacker Anthony Thielk. Last season Thielk was a jack of all trades for his high school squad, as he spent time on both sides of the ball and was featured at RB, FB and LB. He ran for 371 yards and seven touchdowns on offense, while adding 42 tackles, two sacks and an interception on defense.

Central Michigan was his first and currently his only offer, but he has also been hearing from Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Illinois and Notre Dame among others.

"I've visited NIU, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt," said Thielk. "I really liked Vanderbilt a lot, they had a smaller campus which I liked, and just had a lot of things to offer."

While the Chippewas have offered, he has yet to make a visit.

"I really don't know much about CMU to be honest," added Thielk. "My coach told me like the day before that he had heard from their staff, and we able to talk and they offered. I need to give them a call here soon because I plan on going to visit and camping at CMU in June."

Even if he has not had the chance to visit CMU and learn more about the program, like most prospects he noticed former Chippewa Eric Fisher going No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft a few weeks ago.

"I did see that," exclaimed Thielk. "I thought that was pretty cool, it shows what hard work can accomplish at a school like CMU."

CMU is expected to take a small class in 2014, and the linebacker position is one that saw depth chart changes with the conversion to the 4-2-5 in recent years. With his flexibility at both FB and LB, Thielk has a similar skill set to current Chippewa Ryan Petro, and he could project at either side of the ball.

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