April 23, 2013
CMU adds JUCO DE Nate Mitogo
Central Michigan made a big addition earlier this month when they were able to land defensive end Nate Mitogo from College of the Canyons in California. Mitogo is a JUCO and will have two years of eligibility if he does not redshirt.
"It was a big release," said Mitogo on committing to CMU. "It's also a blessing, because the school is close to home and now my parents don't have to travel 2,000 miles to come see me play. But I really liked CMU, the students were really nice, and I called the coaches last weekend to let them know I wanted to be a Chippewa."
Prior to landing at College of the Canyons, Mitogo was a 6-foot-5 and 195 pound defensive end at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian. Since that point he has been able to add weight to his frame and really develop as a defensive lineman. Now he is listed at 235 pounds, and he expects he will continue to bulk up.
"Even last year I wasn't that big," added Mitogo. "But I've been eating a lot more, and making sure I eat right. And then you just have to be dedicated to getting into the weight room, and I've really been able to see the benefits."
Last season as a true freshman, he had 20 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble for College of the Canyons in seven games. His choice to take the JUCO route was aided by a close connection, as current Grand Rapids Christian coach Don Fellows was a former coach at College of the Canyons.
"I ended up at College of the Canyons really because I didn't have anywhere else to go," said Mitogo. "My HS coach came from there and he kind of had some connections, so he made some calls and this is where I ended up."
Aiding his commitment to Central Michigan was a close connection with current Chippewa Kavon Frazier, who will be entering his sophomore season with CMU and was a teammate of Mitogo's at GRCC.
"Kavon and I have been really good friends for awhile now. We pretty much grew up together, we played all the same sports and have a close connection. It will be cool having him at CMU with me" said Mitogo.
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