The Wolverine

March 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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2016 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ISSUE MEASURABLES • Ran a laser-timed 4.59 40-yard dash. • Completed the 20-yard pro agility shuttle run in 4.42 seconds and boasts a vertical leap of 32.5 inches. STATISTICS • Notched 66 tackles and 10 sacks during his senior season. • Part of a Columbus team that fin- ished 13-2 and lost in the state semi- finals of Florida's largest division (8A) to eventual champ Pembroke Pines Flanagan and future teammates Devin Bush Jr., Devin Gil and Josh Metellus. • Defense held opponents to 8.4 points per game as a senior. • In 2014 as a junior, recorded 52 tackles and 8.5 sacks. • Played at Miami Palmetto High for two years before transferring to Co- lumbus. HONORS • First-team Associated Press All- State 8A as a senior. • Named first-team All-Dade County by Miami Herald and ranked the No. 9 college prospect in the county. • Third-team Miami Herald All-Dade County selection as a junior. ALL-STAR GAMES AND CAMPS • Participated in the Rivals Camp Se- ries Miami in February 2015. • Participated in Nike's The Opening Regional in 2015. Earned a Nike Foot- ball Rating (measuring overall athleti- cism) of 78.28, which ranked 64th of 226 participants RECRUITMENT • Committed to Michigan Jan. 25, 2016, on the heels of his official visit to Ann Arbor. • Was the first new recruit targeted by U-M defensive coordinator Don Brown when he took the Michigan job in mid-December. • Other finalists were Auburn (Jan. 15 official visit) and Florida. Also held of- fers from Alabama, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, Syracuse and others. • Committed to Miami (Fla.) as a ju- nior but decommitted Nov. 9, 2015. NOTABLE • Born on Sept. 18, 1998 2016 PROJECTION • Uche has played almost exclusively with his hand in the dirt as a high schooler, but he doesn't have the size to be an every-down defensive end as a freshman. However, he'll be a hy- brid outside linebacker at Michigan, and his size will be less of a detriment there (while his lateral athleticism JOSHUA UCHE DEFENSIVE END/LINEBACKER 6-2 • 215 COLUMBUS H.S. MIAMI, FLA. RANKINGS STARS NAT. POS. STATE ✪ ✪ ✪ — 22 53 ✪ ✪ ✪ — 44 133 ✪ ✪ ✪ — 60 128 ✪ ✪ ✪ — 53 78

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