St. John's High School in central Michigan has not produced many Division I football players in the past, but they have a promising prospect in junior tight end Austin Ervin and he has already landed his first scholarship offer.
St. John's is located just down the road from Central Michigan University, so it was no surprise the Chippewas were the first team to take notice of the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Ervin.
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"It actually started with one of their coaches emailing my football coach," Ervin said. "I guess they had been hearing some stuff about me and we went down for the Massachusetts game."
Ervin's father is the director of athletics at St. John's high school, and was able to meet with Central Michigan coaches when they came through earlier this month.
"Coach (Mose) Rison was in my dad's office last week talking and he watched my tape," Ervin said. "Then, Coach (Dan) Enos came and told my dad he was going to offer a scholarship. I called him that night and that made it official.
"It was a crazy feeling. I was a little caught off guard, but it was a great feeling… I don't even know how exactly to explain it."
Central Michigan is actually the only school that has begun the recruiting process with Ervin, but he is looking forward to seeing what other schools come through this off-season. He expects to make a return trip to Central Michigan after the Christmas break.
St. John's ran a primarily run-based offense, but Ervin still managed 17 receptions for 231 yards and two touchdowns as a junior.
"I definitely like to catch passes, but I am also fine with blocking," Ervin said. "Whatever the coach asks me to do, I'll do it."
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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