August 15, 2010

2011 safety commit Denzel Wimberly plans on blanketing opponents

One of the first players to make a verbal commitment to Central Michigan this year was safety Denzel Wimberly. Wimberly, a product of Cardinal Gibbons HS in Florida, became the first player from the sunshine state to commit under Dan Enos and he opens up a pipeline to a talent rich area. With his high school's two-a-days and camp over with, we caught up Wimberly for an update on his summer and his upcoming season.

Wimberly, who lists his measureables at 5-foot-10 and 193 pounds, has been busy with football recently, but has still managed to keep in contact with the CMU coaches and fellow 2011 commits.

"Yeah, I actually just talked to Coach (Joe) Tumpkin last week before I headed of for vacation. I went to Philadelphia for a family reunion, but we had a good talk and everything is going great."

"Then I talked to Alex (Niznak) when he was down in Alabama for that 7-on-7 tournament," added Wimberly. "I made sure to tell him the championship was coming to Florida, and it did. And I also talked to Cody Lopez over Facebook, and he seems like a really cool guy."

Wimberly was in Mount Pleasant for spring practice this year, but also plans on attending a home game during the 2010 season.

"I really wanted to come up for the Western Michigan game and watch my friends play, but as it turns out we also have a game on the day, so it won't work out," said Wimberly. "So the next game that I'm looking at will probably be the Miami (OH) game."

While Wimberly plans on following the Chippewas 2010 season, his main focus will be on his high school team. Last season, the Cardinal Gibbons Chieftains went 6-4 overall, but ended on a low note as they lost their final three games, including a 27-3 loss to Glades Central in the first round of the playoffs. This season the expectations are high, but several factors are weighing against them. Not only did the Chieftains lost several key players, but they also have a brutal schedule that features only three true home games and a five game road stretch that has an away date with perennial power St. Thomas Aquinas smack dab in the middle.

"We have a very young team," added Wimberly. "We actually just ended camp and as of now, my goals are pretty simple. I just want to win as many games as we can and go as far as we can. I hope we can make it to playoffs and grab the district title, because we came up short last year, but I just want to make a run in the playoffs."

Wimberly also made it clear that opponents will need to "Wimberly Island", or his coverage side of the field. As a player who does not shy away from the trash talk, opponents can expect to hear about Wimberly's coverage domain plenty in the fall.

"Wimberly Island is a place where no receiver wants to go," said Wimberly. "If you're going to come to Wimberly Island, you have to be serious about it and up for the challenge. But it's a place where no receiver or any offensive player wants to be, and I'm going to be honest with you, my goal this season is to allow no catches. None. I don't want receivers to catch anything in my area."

Wimberly Island has yet to be opened for opponents, but he did say he had a few visitors during his team's camp these past few weeks.

"My teammates think it's a cool place, but I had to put a few of the wide receivers on Wimberly Island during practice," laughed Wimberly. "And them my teammate Tim Burton had to do the same thing, I have Wimberly Island and he has Burton Island."

Wimberly opens his high school season on September 3rd when Cardinal Gibbons hosts Taravella. Look for updates on not only Denzel, but Wimberly Island throughout the year.

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