Hamilton long snapper commits to NCAA’s Central Michigan Chippewas (VIDEO)

Heading into his senior campaign, Keegan Markgraf was uncertain of where his recruitment may take him.

Persistence and motivation paid off as the 6’4, 230 pound long snapper from Hamilton, Ontario committed to NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team, Central Michigan Chippewas on May 18th.

Prior to his final season, Markgraf did not have any offers.  Therefore, he took strides to gain more exposure and attentions including participating in Kohl’s Kicking Camps and playing out the 2015 campaign with the Canada Prep Raiders.

Soon after the offer came in from multiple schools including Western Illinois Leathernecks (FCS), Toledo Rockets (FBS) and Albany Great Danes (FCS).

After taking in official visits to the Florida A & M, Toledo and Central Michigan, Markgraf opted for the Chippewas last month.

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“Head Coach [John] Bonamego was a 16 year NFL Special Teams Coach,” recalled the longsnapper of his decision.  “His experience and emphasis on special teams made the decision very easy.”

Previous to the Raiders, Markgraf also suited up for both the Hamilton Ironmen of the Ontario Varsity Football League and Sherwood Saints of the Hamilton-Wentworth Intercollegiate Athletic Association (HWIAA).

With his decision made, Markgraf feels at ease that he does have a future gridiron home.

“I am severely relieved,” commented the Hamilton standout.  “As a long snapper, we are usually recruited last.”

“Lots of patience was needed through the recruiting process.”

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For Markgraf, his focus shifts over to making a positive impression on the Chippewas once he arrived in Mount Pleasant, Michigan in the coming days.

“I am hoping to win the starting job as a freshman, and look to be the started all four years,” stated Markgraf.

As he has achieved his gridiron goal, it is not lost on him that several individuals played important roles in helping him realize this dream with their encouragement and motivation.

“I would like to thank Kohls Kicking, Coach [Geoff] McArthur and the rest of Canada Prep, and my family and friends who have consistently supported me,” expressed Markgraf.

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