KALAMAZOO – The Western Michigan football team secured a verbal commitment from 2015 wide receiver Cash Conder (Celina, Texas) on Wednesday.
Conder is a 5-foot-10, 198-pound receiver who caught 49 receptons for 494 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior last season.
He explained to Rivals.com blog Bronco Blitz on Wednesday why he committed to play collegiate ball under second-year coach P.J. Fleck.
I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. Fleck has this program on the rise.
Conder, who reportedly visited WMU for the spring game on April 19, also told the blog about how Fleck evaluated his play on the field.
He really likes the way I move in space and how I can be an impact possession receiver for his program. When he told me that he sees a lot of himself when he sees me play, I had to take notice.
As Fleck explained to reporters on National Signing Day on Feb. 5, WMU wants to recruit most of its athletes from within a six-hour radius of Kalamazoo. Doing so enables the team to sell recruits on the closeness to home.
However, the coach also said he’s willing to spot recruit players who are standouts around the country (e.g. Orlando, Fla.’s Javonte Seabury, a 2014 three-star talent). Landing a recruit like Conder from Texas must mean Fleck saw something special out of the two-star receiver.
According to 247Sports.com, Conder holds an offer from Akron and has received interest from East Carolina, Indiana and Louisiana Tech, among others.
It’s early in the process, so it’ll be interesting to see if Conder sticks with WMU. More top-tier teams will become aware of his play once his senior season kicks off in earnest this fall.
He is the eighth recruit to verbally commit to WMU this offseason. WMU’s 2015 class currently ranks No. 44 in the nation, according to 247Sports.com.
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