Get a load of this new transfer. After spending a redshirt year at Michigan, defensive end Deron Irving-Bey is transferring to Central Michigan. Irving-Bey, a Flint, Mich. native, graduated from Southeastern Academy as a four-star prospect by 247sports and received scholarship offers from 17 total schools.
This is the fourth FBS non-graduate transfer to CMU since last season’s end, and everybody on the move is from the mitten. They all must wait until next season to play, too. Those players include: Kalil Pimpleton, a wide receiver from Muskegon that transferred from Virginia Tech, Andrew Ward, a linebacker also from Muskegon that transferred from Nebraska, Ja’Raymond Hall, an offensive tackle from Oak Park. Next season, they will all be sophomores. By 247sports composite scores, Hall, like Irving-Bey, was a four-star prospect out of high school while the two Muskegon natives were three-star recruits.
— John Bonamego (@CMUCoachBono) August 21, 2018
While getting players to transfer to your school for the sake of being closer to home isn’t a new thing, stockpiling on transfers for in-state kids that are three-to-four-star prospects that won’t have their senior seasons until 2021 is a unique way to improve on your recruiting. It just helps when the CMU coaching staff goes back to the coaches at Oak Park, Muskegon and Southeastern to scout the guys that are still in high school.
(To be fair, CMU’s current class of commits for this cycle is very impressive with 11 in-state commits, five from Detroit. So CMU’s recruiting well the old fashioned way, too.)
Using 247sports‘ class calculator, I took the liberty of simply adding the four transfers’ profiles from high school to CMU’s signing class of 2017 just to see what it’d come out to. With the 29 total players, CMU’s new total score comes out to 158.43 (originally 127.4) and an average composite score of 0.8025 (originally 0.7909).
The edited total score would blow past Toledo, who had the top recruiting class in the MAC with a score of 146.6, but would barely come in second for average composite score with Toledo’s still ahead at 80.82.
(No, I didn’t go around editing everybody else’s signing classes for the sake of balance, either. That’s just not a commitment I’m willing to make at this time.)
Of 247sports‘ top 50-ranked recruits from Michigan in 2017, CMU jumped from having six to, now, 10 of those players on its roster — Irving-Bey was ranked No. 4 in the state, Hall No. 8, Pimpleton No. 15, Keegan Cossou No. 21, Ward No. 22, Jacorey Sullivan No. 28, Jonathan Berghorst No. 30, Troy Brown No. 33, Erik Ditzhazy No. 39 and Devonni Reed No. 42.
While CMU wasn’t picked very highly in the preseason polls, there’s plenty of space for some of the freshmen and redshirt-freshmen to start getting some experience in, because with the crop of talent CMU’s been quietly hoarding, the potential for this program is off the charts and, at the expense of looking too far into the future, the 2019 season is going to be very telling as to how far John Bonamego can take this thing.