by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARKâ€”Mid-American Conference football is about to get more of a Kaneland presence.
Kaneland High School junior WR/LB Blake Serpa, who had carries and catches galore for the Knights the last two seasons, made a verbal commitment to the Central Michigan University Chippewas on Friday.
Serpa joins 2007 Kaneland High School graduate Boone Thorgeson, who suits up for Northern Illinois University football at safety, in MAC football.
The 6-foot-2 Serpa, resting up some nagging injuries in boys track, is excited to have the major decision on his post-Kaneland future tucked away.
â€œIt came down to the coaching staff,â€ Serpa said. â€œTheyâ€™re a good group of guys. They said they could try me out on both ends, so weâ€™ll see how that goes.â€
Serpa visited CMU in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. last week.
â€œItâ€™s nice to get it out of the way and concentrate on having fun,â€ Serpa said. â€œWeâ€™ll have to see how I fit into the program once I get there.â€
KHS head coach Tom Fedderly thinks the Chippewas get a talented asset for their program.
â€œHeâ€™s a big kid and heâ€™s getting bigger,â€ Fedderly said. â€œHeâ€™s a good athlete for his size and after watching some tapes, they saw something they liked.â€
Serpa also visited fellow MAC school Western Michigan.
â€œHe seems like heâ€™s happy with the decision and heâ€™s got it behind him now and meeting the coach (Dan Enos) went well,â€ Fedderly said.
The 12-2 Chippewas won the MAC Championship in 2009 and also nabbed a GMAC Bowl win on Jan. 6.
Kaneland, helped by Serpaâ€™s five touchdowns, finished 6-4 in the 2009 football season, ousted with a 40-13 loss to Sycamore on Oct. 31, 2009.
â€œWe have about six or seven guys coming back who are three-year starters, so next year could be pretty special,â€ Serpa said.