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A Friendship forms with Eastern Michigan?

Proving that who you know is as important as what you know, Friendship Collegiate's senior class has received plenty of interest from, of all places, Eastern Michigan, which isn't exactly a household name to D.C. recruits.

Knights Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim reports that lineman Earl Johnson has an offer from Eastern Michigan, as well as New Mexico and Hampton. Linebacker Tyrone Armstrong also has an offer from Eastern Michigan, in addition to Maine and New Hampshire (with Central Michigan, Connecticut, New Mexico, Villanova and Richmond also in pursuit). Eastern Michigan (along with Hampton) has also offered linebacker Kennedy Ogbonna. In addition, defensive back Jaron Gillespie, who graduated from Friendship last June, is a freshman at Eastern Michigan.

So what's the deal? Well, Abdul-Rahim played defensive back at San Diego State in the late-1990's. His position coach during his junior year there was Ron English - who is in his first season as head coach at Eastern Michigan.

Abdul-Rahim said the two have stayed in touch as he began his coaching career and English's began to take off.

"It's all who you know," Abdul-Rahim said.

Abdul-Rahim said Johnson is taking an official visit to New Mexico. When asked if the problems encountered this year for Lobos Coach Mike Locksley - an excellent recruiter of the Washington area - was discouraging for any of his recruits, Abdul-Rahim said, "Kids are drawn to him."

By Alan Goldenbach  | November 18, 2009; 12:59 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Friendship Collegiate  
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Eastern Michigan signed Wes Kesner a TE from Broad Run back in 2002 as well.

Posted by: goose33 | November 18, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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