CMU loses two Detroit Cass Tech recruits after John Bonamego's firing

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Detroit Cass Tech's Kyron McKinnie-Harper backed out of his Central Michigan commitment over the weekend.

Such is the danger of changing head coaches.

Central Michigan football lost a pair of three-star recruits over the weekend, both from Detroit Cass Tech, after John Bonamego was fired as head coach late Friday night.

Kyron McKinnie-Harper, a wide receiver at Cass Tech who is listed as an "athlete" by most recruiting websites, and Ormondell Dingle, a safety, both made their announcement on Twitter.

McKinnie-Harper wrote there is "no LOVE lost" between him and the university.

Dingle asked for fans to "respect my decision." He also said, "NO LOVE LOST."

McKinnie-Harper is a 6-foot, 183-pounder who is listed as the state's 42nd-best prospect for the class of 2019, according to 247Sports, He also has offers from most other Mid-American Conference schools, including Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan, and also has offers from Syracuse, Washington State, Iowa State and Cincinnati.

Dingle, 6-2 and 189 pounds, is considered the state's 53rd-best prospect, and also has had interest from Washinton State, Syracuse and Iowa State, as well as Pittsburgh.

McKinnie-Harper and Dingle led Cass Tech to a 10-1 record this past season.

Bonamago was fired after a blowout loss at Toledo in the regular-season finale, which put the Chippewas record at a program-worst 1-11. He got four years in Mount Pleasant; the first three resulted in bowl appearances. He is due a buyout of more than $1 million.

Central Michigan athletic director Michael Alford was to meet with athletic-department officials Monday morning to lay out a plan for the coaching search, though there was word over the weekend that he already has been on the road scouting candidates.

In the wake of Bonamego's firing, several Central recruits have expressed their continued commitment to the program, according to CM Life's Evan Petzold of the campus newspaper. Among those players: receiver Javon Gantt, cornerback Demarcus Governor, outside linebacker Logan Guthrie (Alpena), center Danny Motowski (Warren De La Salle) and defensive end Max Saylor (Birmingham Brother Rice).

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