The Wolverine

May 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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MICHIGAN RECRUITING P Kenny Allen DE Alex Bars OL Blake Bars DE Joey Bosa OL Kyle Bosch OL Ben Braden TE Jake Butt Spring Game Visitors Pos. Name Hometown Fenton, Mich. Nashville, Tenn. Nashville, Tenn. Year Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 2013 No. 14 prospect nationally Wheaton, Ill. Rockford, Mich. DE Taco Charlton TE Devin Funchess Farmington Hills, Mich. 2012 Michigan signee CB Kendall Fuller S Allen Gant OL Dan Gibbs WR Amara Darboh West Des Moines, Iowa 2012 Michigan signee WR Bo Dever OL Chris Fox Pickerington, Ohio Pickerington, Ohio Lake Forest, Ill. Parker, Colo. Olney, Md. RB Drake Johnson Ann Arbor Ada, Mich. OL Ryan Glasgow Aurora, Ill. DE Matt Godin DT Willie Henry TE Khalid Hill LB Gary Hosey DE Malik McDowell Detroit DE Matt Miller Birmingham, Mich. 2012 Preferred walk-on commit 2012 Preferred walk-on commit 2012 Michigan signee 2012 Michigan signee 2013 Michigan commit Sylvania, Ohio Novi, Mich. Cleveland Detroit Detroit QB Josh Kirshenbaum Bloomington, Ind. LB Mark Lawson LB E.J. Levenberry Jr. Woodbridge, Va. TE Quinton Mandle Fenton, Mich. LB Mike McCray DE Tom Strobel Mentor, Ohio WR Laquon Treadwell Crete, Ill. OL Logan Tuley-Tillman Peoria, Ill. WR Damon Webb Detroit TE A.J. Williams DE Chris Wormley Duluth, Ga. Cincinnati Toledo, Ohio approximately 24 student-athletes, meaning that the current roster is ex- pected to lose five players by the fall of 2013. That is a normal attrition rate at a BCS-conference school. Michigan had commitments from 17 prospects through mid-April. gence under Brady Hoke was notable for a number of reasons, but perhaps most because of the Wolverines' dom- inance in the Midwest — particularly Michigan and Ohio. Michigan signed nine players from each of those battle- ground states and added prospects from the fringes of the region, includ- ing Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky. The Wolverines are repeating that approach in 2013, taking care of the In 2012, Michigan's recruiting resur- LOCKING DOWN THE MIDWEST QB Shane Morris Warren, Mich. RB Dennis Norfleet Detroit S A.J. Pearson Trotwood, Ohio Toledo, Ohio 2013 No. 4 prospect nationally 2012 Michigan signee 2014 From Detroit Cass Tech 2012 Michigan signee 2015 Friends with 2013 commit Logan Tuley-Tillman 2012 Preferred walk-on commit 2013 No. 15 prospect nationally 2012 Preferred walk-on commit 2013 Michigan commit 2013 Michigan commit 2012 Michigan signee 2013 Michigan commit 2013 Michigan commit 2012 Preferred walk-on commit 2013 Michigan commit 2014 Brother is 2012 signee Blake Bars 2012 Michigan signee 2012 Preferred walk-on commit Notes 2014 Detroit Loyola product is expected to be a top Midwest recruit 2013 Brother is Michigan OL Jack Miller 2013 Michigan commit 2012 Michigan signee 2012 Preferred walk-on commit 2012 Michigan signee 2014 From Detroit Cass Tech 2012 Michigan signee 2012 Michigan signee Midwest while also branching out- ward. Of the 17 commitments through mid-April, five hail from Michigan and eight come from Ohio. Two players from Illinois have committed to U-M along with one from Pennsylvania. The only player that is from outside 2013 No. 31 prospect nationally 2013 Michigan commit of the region is Parker, Colo., offen- sive lineman Chris Fox. He is a lifelong Michigan fan — thanks to family roots in the state –—and, at No. 46 nation- ally, is Michigan's third-highest ranked commitment according to The Wolverines aren't done in the Midwest, either. They are in hot pursuit of two Illinois four-stars, Crete-Monee wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and Joliet Catholic Acad- emy running back Ty Isaac. Should Hoke and his assistants reel in both highly rated players (ranked the No. 31 and No. 18 players in the na- out-of-region players as well, partic- ularly on defense. The Washington, D.C./Baltimore area is home to three of the top prospects still on the board, all the highest-ranked players at their position with a Michigan offer. Balti- more Gilman defensive tackle Henry Poggi, Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton linebacker E.J. Levenberry and Ol- ney (Md.) Good Counsel cornerback Kendall Fuller are all top-50 prospects nationally. ranks the 6-0, 180-pound Fuller as the No. 4 player in the nation. Poggi is the No. 43 player and No. 2 defensive tackle nationally, while Levenberry is the No. 15 overall prospect and No. 2 in- side linebacker in the country. ❑ tion, respectively), it would seal a re- gional flavor to the 2013 recruiting class. Michigan is still in pursuit of many MAY 2012 THE WOLVERINE 47

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