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March 2013 - Signing Day Edition

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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football recruiting issue Dan Samuelson Was A Latecomer To The Class When Plymouth (Ind.) High School offensive lineman Dan Samuelson was first contacted by Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk, his reaction was what almost any other Midwestern football player���s would have been: elation. Although he was never a big Wolverines fan growing up, he had tremendous respect for the program, and Michigan quickly shot up his list of potential schools that he was considering. Unfortunately, things appeared to move just a little too quickly for Samuelson to jump on board. Samuelson joined U-M���s class less then a month The Wolverines secured before National Signing Day, after previously having commitments from five of the committed to first Pitt and then Nebraska. photo courtesy most sought-after offensive line recruits before March 2012. parents.��� Four-star linemen Kyle Bosch, DaA month later, he switched his comvid Dawson, Chris Fox and Logan mitment from Pitt to Nebraska, after Tuley-Tillman all committed during the Cornhuskers reached out to him the weekend of Feb. 18 (Dawson later when they got ahold of his film. decommitted then re-pledged for the Samuelson was solid with NeWolverines in December). Four-star braska throughout the summer, the offensive lineman Patrick Kugler football season and beyond. joined the fold Feb.��25. That is, until he heard from MichiContact with the Michigan coaches gan again ��� for the first time in 11 dwindled after that, and Samuelson months. soon began entertaining other schools ���I was really pretty surprised,��� that had shown interest. Samuelson said of his Michigan conIn April, he committed to Pitt. tact. ���They had contacted me last ���I like the area around Pitt, too, and February, when they were initially we have friends that live in Elwood interested, and then they basically got City,��� he told at the time. their line class together in that single ���That���s comforting for me and my weekend.

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