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Friday, August 12, 2005

Welcome DeShawn!!!

The long awaited first domino of the big three of Michigan High School Basketball players has dropped now that DeShawn Sims, aka Petey due to his resemblance of Petey Pablo, has finally committed to Michigan after having us as his leader for the entire process. This is a huge get for Tommy and co as he is the #39 player in the country and one of the top in the state showing that we are making our way back in the state of Michigan which produces some of the finest HS basketball talent in the country. Hopefully Tory Jackson and Tom Herzog follow suit soon but I don't have a good feeling about Herzog. I believe Jackson will be Maize and Blue in the end however, so we do need to fill a big man spot. If not Herzog there is Ekpe Udoh who was high on us and is close to pulling the trigger, but I am not sure if he has an offer at this point.

Michigan Football is now only 22 days away from kickoff and this basketball commitment has only gotten me more excited as some football recruits will be ready to pull the trigger soon. Taylor Mays and Myron Rolle are both expected to announce soon and we will see how these turn out. Since we have Steve Brown at FS I'd love to see both come along because Mays is more of a SS and Rolle can play S or CB, we will see where the coaches would want him if we are fortunate enough to land him. However I don't think we get Mays, I believe he will end up going to U$C but that would help us in the pursuit of Antwine Perez another highly regarded SS who is down to Michigan, LSU and U$C. All the recruiting talk gets me to think of the new recruits I'm excited to see this year. Obviously Kevin Grady is at the top of the list considering he is the first early enrollee at Michigan ever and practiced with the team during the Rose Bowl. Also Mario Manningham and Antonio Bass will probably play as true freshmen and my prediction is Mario will be the 3rd WR by the end of the year. Also we need the new freshmen CB's to step up as there have been good reports about Brandon Harrison and Johnny Sears this summer. We need some of these kids to step up for us to make it back to the promised land. Hopefully this is the year, 3rd times a charm!

Only 22 days until then...GO BLUE!!!

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