Clarkston, Mich., offensive tackle Jesse Chadwell admitted he was not sure whether he was a Division 1 caliber prospect, but two offers in two days from MAC programs Central Michigan and Western Michigan have answered that question for the 6-5, 260-pound prospect.
"Central came in first and that was last week," Chadwell said. "The o-line coach at Central told my coach, 'We want to get him on the phone with Coach [Dan] Enos.' So last week I called Coach Enos and he offered straight up.
"It was pretty exciting. With that phone call I could just feel something was going to happen. My family was in the room with me because they were really excited for me."
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Even before the offer, Chadwell was intimately familiar with Central Michigan because he has attended several football and basketball camps in Mount Pleasant over the years.
"I had a good feel for them even before they offered," Chadwell said. "I got to see the facilities and work with their o-line coach. I like it a lot there, I like their program and I like their coaches."
Chadwell did not have to wait long for offer No. 2, and it came from Central Michigan's biggest rival.
"I went and visited Western [Michigan] on a junior day a couple weekends ago and went and talked to their offensive line coach," Chadwell said. "He said he liked me on film and to keep working hard.
"Then, Friday morning I got a message from my dad saying the Western coach wanted me to call him. I gave him a call and he said 'We've already seen enough and we're going to offer you a scholarship.'"
Other MAC programs like Ohio University and Kent State have also been in close contact with Chadwell and this past weekend he was on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
"I went to Bowling Green this weekend and talked to Coach [Dave] Clawson," Chadwell said. "He said they could be close to offering, but they are only taking two offensive linemen next year and want to be sure."
The early offers from Central Michigan and Western Michigan has whet Chadwell's appetite and he's looking for the string of interest to continue in the coming months.
"Right now, it's really early and I want to have as many offers as I can," he said. "Hopefully a BCS school will see all the offers I am getting and find some interest."