Central Michigan: Edwards, Poljan add to offense

Blake Meakin
Special to The Detroit News

Mount Pleasant — It hasn’t even been a full calendar year since John Bonamego became head coach at Central Michigan, but now he’s got his first full recruiting class shortly after his first full season on the field.

Bonamego was hired shortly after last year’s National Signing Day was complete, so he didn’t get a crack at bringing in his own players until now, and seems satisfied with that he accomplished.

“Everybody we expected to sign today, signed,” said Bonamego.

He lost 12 players from last year’s team, and restocked the shelves with 15 new players, including wide receiver Bailey Edwards of Chelsea. His father, Stanley, and brother, Braylon, and former Michigan stars and NFL players.

When asked about his excited he is to have landed a prospect with such strong bloodlines, Bonamego quickly responded with “very” and then grinned.

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“He’ll get better as a route runner and he has great hands,” Bonamego said. “He’s a big target, he’s got long arms and he’s fast.”

Perhaps another factor in Bailey’s decision is that his brother, Berkley, just transferred from Minnesota and is expected to play running back for the Chippewas. Berkley will be a junior.

“We’ve got two-thirds of the Edwards brothers here, all of which have 100 percent eligibility still,” Bonamego said.

Another incoming player Bonamego is excited about, one who might be throwing passes to Edwards in the future, in 6-7 Tony Poljan from Lansing Catholic.

Bonamego played football with Poljan’s dad, so there was a bit of a “familiarity” already between the two.

“The proximity to home, legacy and opportunity to compete,” are what Bonamego said he liked from Poljan.

It was the first scholarship offer that Bonamego gave.

Bonamego said his biggest needs this offseason were to address quarterback, depth on the defensive line and secondary and the quality at running back.

He feels he’s done just that.

Blake Meakin is a freelance writer