The Wolverine

February 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  football recruiting Michigan Commits And Targets Stand Out In Showcase Games By Tim Sullivan A college football program that recruits on a high level is bound to have plenty of players who earn the opportunity to showcase themselves in postseason high school AllAmerica games. When a program has Michigan's recruiting success — the Wolverines are all-but guaranteed to end the 2013 recruiting cycle with a second-straight top-10 recruiting class — the numbers can be staggering. Michigan had four commitments and one prime target participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan.  5 in San Antonio. The longestrunning and most prestigious of the high school All-America games ended with a 15-8 decision in favor of the East team. The Under Armour All-America Game Jan.  4 in St. Petersburg, Fla., was not quite as competitive a contest, with Team Highlight emerging with a 16-3 win. Six future Wolverines played on Team Nitro, but their squad could not pull off the victory. One additional prospect was on the Nitro squad as well. The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl also took place Jan. 4 in Carson, Best All-America Performances By U-M Commitments And Targets Given Michigan head coach Brady Hoke's emphasis on trench play — particularly on the defensive side of the ball — he's sure to be pleased that Michigan's top two performers in All-America games were defensive linemen. Player, Pos. Status Bowl Performance 1. Maurice Hurst Jr., DT Commit Semper Fidelis 1 sack, 4 tackles, 3 QB hurries 2. Henry Poggi, DT Commit Under Armour 1 tackle, 1 fumble recovery 3. Derrick Green, RB Prospect U.S. Army 8 rushes, 48 yards (6.0 yards per carry) 4. Dymonte Thomas, DB Commit U.S. Army 2 tackles 5. Ross Douglas, DB Commit Semper Fidelis 2 tackles 6. Jourdan Lewis, DB Commit U.S. Army 1 tackle 7. David Dawson, OL Commit Under Armour 0 sacks allowed vs. Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top player

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