The Wolverine

November 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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little difficult, but it���s also something I can brag about.��� Taking a little verbal abuse from Ohio State fans isn���t likely to stop the stream of commitments going north. The players have become accustomed to the taunting, and they know the experience will pay off when they get a chance to face the Buckeyes back in their home state. ���Coming down from Ann Arbor and playing in The Horseshoe, especially because so many Ohio kids are going up to Michigan, I don���t think it���s a statement until we get on the field,��� Bolden said, ���but it���s going to be a great experience.��� The Perfect Storm Of course, Hoke���s passion for the Michigan program and his Ohio roots ��� though they���ve played a role in his staff���s recruiting success ��� aren���t the only factor in Michigan���s resurgence in the Buckeye State. Thanks to a cash-for-memorabilia scandal (and tattoos for memorabilia, and golf for nothing, and ���) in Columbus, the Buckeyes have taken a big hit in the eyes of recruits. Tressel is no longer in charge of the Ohio State football program, and several Buckeyes have missed multiple games this season ��� including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who left for the NFL to avoid the wrath of the NCAA. Ohio State has struggled to a 3-3 record early in the year, and more trouble from the NCAA could be on the way. Hoke and his staff, however, de- serve plenty of credit for being able to capitalize on the opportunity in front of them. The Wolverines have even gotten an early start recruiting the 2013 class out of Ohio. Alliance Marlington safety Dymonte Thomas ��� an admitted lifelong Ohio State fan ��� picked Michigan in September, following a visit for the Wolverines��� night game victory over Notre Dame. Though the 6-1, 195-pound defensive back didn���t hold an offer from the Buckeyes, he is expected to be one of the state���s top prospects in the 2013 class. Hoke and his coaching staff have made their name recruiting in Ohio during their time at Michigan, and they���ll continue building on that success in the future. ��� ������ Michigan Signees From Ohio Since 2002 Prospect Willis Barringer Mark Bihl 2002 Pos. Hometown OSU Offer S Toledo No OL Washington Courthouse No Prospect Prescott Burgess Shawn Crable 2003 Pos. Hometown LB Warren DE Massillon OSU Offer Yes Yes Prospect Mike Massey 2004 Pos. Hometown TE Cleveland OSU Offer Yes Prospect Pos. Mario Manningham WR Brandon Harrison CB Zoltan Mesko P Mister Simpson RB 2005 Hometown Warren Dayton Twinsburg Cincinnati OSU Offer Yes No No No Prospect Justin Boren Cobrani Mixon Bryan Wright 2006 Hometown Pickerington Cincinnati Salem OSU Offer Yes Yes No Pos. OL LB K 2007 None Prospect Kevin Koger Taylor Hill Elliott Mealer Brandon Moore Roy Roundtree Michael Shaw Patrick Omameh Pos. TE LB OL TE WR RB OL 2008 Hometown Toledo Youngstown Wauseon Trotwood Trotwood Trotwood Columbus OSU Offer Yes No No No No No No Prospect Pos. Justin Turner CB Fitzgerald Toussaint RB Isaiah Bell LB 2009 Hometown Massillon Youngstown Youngstown OSU Offer Yes No No Prospect Courtney Avery Jibreel Black Antonio Kinard Christian Pace Jerald Robinson Davion Rogers Jake Ryan Terrence Talbott Terry Talbott DJ Williamson Ray Vinopal Pos. CB DE LB OL WR LB LB CB DT WR S 2010 Hometown Lexington Wyoming Youngstown Avon Lake Canton Warren Cleveland Huber Heights Huber Heights Warren Youngstown OSU Offer No No No No No No No No No No No Prospect Gregg Brown Tamani Carter Frank Clark Keith Heitzman Jack Miller Antonio Poole Chris Rock Pos. CB S DE DE OL LB DE 2011 Hometown Fremont Pickerington Cleveland Hilliard Toledo Cincinnati Columbus OSU Offer No No No No No No No Prospect Kyle Kalis Tom Strobel Chris Wormley Joe Bolden Pharaoh Brown Allen Gant Kaleb Ringer Caleb Stacey AJ Williams Jarrod Wilson 2012 (Signs in February) Pos. Hometown OL Lakewood DE Mentor DE Toledo LB Cincinnati DE Lyndhurst S Sylvania LB Clayton OL Cincinnati TE Cincinnati S Akron OSU Offer Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No November 2011��� ������ the wolverine��� 87

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