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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

And down the stretch they come

Football Recruiting is coming down the back stretch and Michigan only has a few scholarships remaining but it looks like it could be some big ones that head up to Ann Arbor. But it looks like one of the big ones will not be Sam Young who will probably end up deciding between USC and Notre Dame, but damn could he have picked someone else other than probably the two schools I can't stand more than any other schools in the country? Good luck to him, I know we will get ours and hopefully they will include Steven Schilling and/or Daron Rose. Definitely want to add another big OL to this class and it would be great to get one, if not both. Schilling was rumored early on to be a lean for Washington but hopefully we can change his mind, his high school already wears the winged helmet so why switch now? Rose I'm not as confident about considering he is from the south and he still has a visit to Florida State and you know how persuasive a visit there can be.

Quintin Woods from Flint Southwestern committed to Michigan over the weekend a 6'6" DE, who was a sleeper that recently emerged this year after not playing football his sophomore and junior seasons. He had a monster senior year which ended up bringing offers from Michigan as well as Iowa, Michigan State and some others. I love this pickup as he's an in-state kid that always grew up wanting to play for Michigan and just as I grew up wanting to go there he is fulfilling his dream. Welcome to the Maize and Blue family Quintin.

There is also good news coming out from Virginia the home of RB Brandon Minor. He has narrowed his two choices down to Michigan and Tennessee and I definitely like our chances as we have been up there the whole time during his recruitment. After we landed Carlos Brown he wasn't fazed at all as he said he would be ready to come in and compete and I love that attitude from him, unlike others that tend to go elsewhere when other big name players at their position commit to a school.

Another big name still left on the board is Jonas Mouton from Venice who is down to Michigan, USC and LSU. Early on it looked like he was leaning towards USC but with the additions of Taylor Mays and Antwine Perez things looked better for Michigan and the news I was hearing supported that but there has been new reports that he might be heading to USC still as he was seen with a lot of the USC commits at the Army All American game and was very close to committing to them at the game. Hope he realizes how much we could use him as we could definitely use another S to add to this class.

We've got two official visitors this weekend in DT Jason Kates from Pennsylvania and QB Nick Stephens from Texas. We haven't heard much about Kates lately but maybe because he's a backup plan in case Marques Slocum doesn't qualify? I really hope Slocum will qualify soon so he can be a part of this squad, his determination has to be commended as he probably could have gone to many other schools that would have taken him as a partial qualifier but he knew he wanted to go to Michigan and has battled through it at prep school. Stephens was an Ole Miss commitment until they fired their offensive coordinator. He's still listed as a soft verbal and recently made a visit to Tennessee. It looks like we have a good shot since he is coming into Ann Arbor for a visit and we need some depth at QB since right now all we have is Henne, Forcier and Cone.

Considering how this season turned out and how recruiting was going in the middle of the year if we can close with one of the OL, Minor and Mouton that would cap a very good class. We had our down year this year and I know the guys are ready to take the field to prove that last year was a fluke and not representative of Michigan football. Here's to finishing with a great class and giving us good momentum coming into next season. Go Blue!


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