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March 2013 - Signing Day Edition

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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������ michigan recruiting Wolverines Strong At Home And In Ohio S ince Brady Hoke arrived in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines��� coaching staff has focused on locking down the home state of Michigan, moving into Ohio, then branching into the Midwest before going national. That trend held true once more in 2013. Michigan signed eight prospects from the Great Lakes State, including six of the top 10 in-state prospects. Nine signees came from Ohio, including three of the top 10 and five of the top 15. U-M also landed three Illinois prospects, two of them in the top 10 for that state, and Pennsylvania���s No.��5 prospect (No. 3 in Western Pennsylvania) Patrick Kugler to go along with Indiana���s No. 11 recruit, offensive lineman Dan Samuelson. That���s where the national focus began to kick in. In addition to those Midwest standouts, Michigan lured the top player from Colorado (offensive lineman Chris Fox), the top player from Virginia (running back Derrick Green), the No. 2 player in Massachusetts (defensive tackle Maurice Hurst), the No. 4 player in Maryland (defensive tackle Henry Poggi), and the No.�� 10 prospect out of North Carolina (cornerback Channing Stribling). While the focus is certainly in-state and in-region, Michigan pulled some exceptional players from other areas of the country, as well. What���s more surprising for Michigan is where the Wolverines didn���t have success recruiting. The 2013 class is the first since 1989, according U-M landed 17 players who hailed from either Michigan or Ohio, but the coaches were also glad to welcome Virginia's No. 1 prospect, running back Derrick Green. photo courtesy to longtime recruiting analyst Jim Stefani, that includes no signees from the talent-rich states of Florida, Texas and California. Given the U-M staff���s connections to the Golden State ��� Brady Hoke and five of his assistants (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Al Borges, linebackers coach Mark Smith, special teams coordinator/ tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno, offensive line coach Darrell Funk and wide receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski) came to Ann Arbor directly off the coaching stint at San Diego State ��� it���s a surprise that California was

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