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December 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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PREP PROFILES tile recruiting ground for the Michigan football program. Salt Lake City West linebacker Jeff Holtry came to Ann Ar- bor in 1994, but prior to that the Wol- verines hadn't landed a player from the Beehive State since the turn of the century. That changed in the 2012 class, when Utah has not traditionally been a fer- 2014 Utah Lineman Has A Michigan Connection Bryan Mone ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ Highland High School Salt Lake City Position: Defensive Lineman Ht.: 6-4 • Wt.: 315 Brady Hoke's coaching staff landed run- ning back Sione Houma from Highland High School in Salt Lake City. Picking up Houma could also pay dividends in future classes. Junior defensive lineman Bryan Mone Mone on Michigan "I love that the coaching staff really does care about the team and their players. They really do care." Houma's former teammate has taken a liking to Michigan. On a visit to Ann Ar- bor for U-M's victory over Northwestern Nov. 10, he had a chance to reconnect with the Michigan freshman. "Sione got to spend the day with us on Sunday," Mone said. "He's beasting it out was the first prospect that the Wol- verines offered in the 2014 class, and " about the team and their players. They really do care. "That experience was crazy. There were 112,000 people there. I've never been in a stadium that full. It was just amazing, the fans are amazing, the com- munity is amazing, the state by itself is amazing. at Michigan. He starts on most or all of the special teams. I got to see him play as a freshman. Seeing one of my team- mates take it to another level is nice. Mone was able to do much more at Michigan than meet up with his friend. The 6-4, 315-pounder got a chance to experience Ann Arbor and the Michi- gan football program. He likes what he's seen so far. "It was amazing, most all of the coaches before the game and after. We were just talking about how everything was going and my fam- ily. They showed so much love. I love that the coaching staff really does care " he said. "I talked to al- year ago, he was a 240-pound defensive end, but his growth has seen a position switch to the defensive tackle slot. From that position he brings quickness you'd expect from a former edge player. All three in-state schools — Utah, Utah When Michigan offered Mone over a " State and Brigham Young — and UCLA are among the others who have entered the fray for Mone. However, it may be tough to beat Michigan in the race for his services, thanks to the Wolverines' early entry into the sweepstakes. Mone even considered a commitment while he was on campus. "I thought about it, ally want to hold off on a commitment, is I just want my dad to come see it, and we'll go from there. " he said. "Why I re- " — Tim Sullivan than 1,000 miles from Ann Arbor, but if the Michigan coaching staff has its way a little Tampa-area flavor could be headed north in the 2014 class. The Wolverines have been in strong stand- ing with East Lake High School offen- sive lineman Mason Cole, and his team- mate Artavis Scott, a wide receiver/ defensive back prospect, picked up an offer from the Wolverines Nov. 16. Scott, a 5-11, 180-pounder has the Tarpon Springs, Fla., may be more Michigan Offers Another Junior From East Lake Artavis Scott sition they want me to play, so they're recruiting me as both offense and de- fense. They love my ability to attack the ball and play defense, and they really see me work hard on the field. athleticism and potential that col- lege programs are looking for. He's an electric playmaker with the ball in his Scott on visiting The Big House "Going in and seeing it empty, you could picture it full and see yourself playing in that atmosphere. It was just really nice overall." hands, and several schools like his po- tential on defense as well. Michigan is among those that can see him on either side of the ball at the next level. "They like me a lot as a player, said. "They see me doing different things. They haven't decided what po- " Scott 64 THE WOLVERINE DECEMBER 2012 coaches and took a tour around," he said. "We saw the weight room and the facilities, we saw the training room, game room/players lounge, and talked to individual coaches. Then we went into The Big House. "Going in and seeing it empty, you Vanderbilt are among the other col- leges that have already pulled the trig- ger on an offer. Fortunately for U-M, Scott and Cole have already visited Ann Arbor together on two occasions. First, they were at the Wolverines' Barbecue at The Big House recruiting event in July. "When we first got there, we met the Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and " ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ East Lake High School Tarpon Springs, Fla. Position: Wide Receiver/ Defensive Back Ht.: 5-11 • Wt.: 180 could picture it full and see yourself playing in that atmosphere. It was just really nice overall. valry game against Michigan State, wit- nessing a 12-10 nail-biter that Michigan didn't seal until the final moments. Being in the stadium Oct. 20 impressed both prospects, and although Scott didn't have an offer at the time he does now and both players are high on Michigan. That's good for the Wolverines and The duo returned for the in-state ri- " bad for some other coaching staffs around the country, since the two plan to be a package deal at the college level. Cole has previously mentioned a top — Tim Sullivan three of Michigan, Notre Dame, and USC, but the Trojans have not offered Scott at this time.

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