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February 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  PREP PROFILES In-State Athlete Is Leaning Toward Maize And Blue Warren (Mich.) De La Salle three- star junior athlete Allen Stritzinger is getting really comfortable with U-M. He was on campus several times in 2015, including for both home losses against Michigan State and Ohio State. "The visits went great," he said. "Obviously, the Michigan State game was a re- ally good game to see. It was a hard- fought battle be- tween both teams with a crazy end- ing. "The Ohio State game wasn't as close, but the season was still good. I love Michigan. Every time I go up there it's a great atmosphere." The 6-1, 183-pounder has been high on the Wolverines since his offer came through in April, and it seems like only a matter of time before he's a member of their 2017 class. "Michigan is definitely No. 1 when it comes down to it for me," Stritz- inger said. "I'm just embracing the whole recruiting process still, but if it was anytime soon or I was thinking about committing anywhere, Michi- gan is really high on my radar. I'll just keep that in mind while I go through everything." Stritzinger is listed as the No. 10 player in Michigan and the No. 31 athlete nationally. He can play run- ning back, wide receiver or defensive back, but Michigan initially courted him to be a ball carrier. "I'm open to whatever can get me on the field the fastest," Stritzinger said, "and give me an opportunity to help the team win." Stritzinger will c e r t a i n l y v i s i t Ann Arbor again a n d w h e n h e does, he had a clear goal for the trip. "I want to get a little more indi- vidual time with the coaches if I can," he said. "On the game visits there are a lot of different recruits and people there all at once, and it's not easy to sit down and talk specifi- cally about what you have going on or what your plans are for being at the school." Stritzinger battled injuries as a ju- nior, playing in just six games, but still managed to carry the ball 83 times for 338 yards (4.1 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. He also picked off two passes while playing safety. His versatility has also earned him offers from Central Michigan, Cincin- nati, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and West- ern Michigan. — Brandon Brown ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ De La Salle High School Warren, Mich. Class: 2017 Position: Athlete Ht.: 6-1 • Wt.: 183 Rankings: No. 10 player in Michigan and No. 31 athlete nationally Allen Stritzinger

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