Tex. Offensive Lineman Has Michigan Offer

In our search for kids who have Michigan scholarship offers, and who in turn have Michigan as a very-top favorite, we have found another 'gem' -- an East Texas offensive lineman.

Yours truly talked Thursday to the head coach of offensive lineman Jeray Chatham from Westfield High School in Spring, Texas. We will be talking to Jeray very soon.

Head Coach Ronnie Lynch told us, "Coach (Fred) Jackson visited here this January. And then Jeray called and talked briefly to Coach Carr. Coach Carr told him they were offering him a scholarship. And they told him they wanted him to come up to the Michigan camp. Will he go? Probably, although he's getting a lot of offers now."

"Coach Jackson actually came down here last spring (2002) and identified Jeray right away. He really liked him. And when he came down this winter and realized that other schools had already offered him, I think Michigan felt that they better not wait."

"Jeray already had offers from Texas Tech, LSU, Oklaoma State, and Iowa State. Iowa has offered now too. Those are his top schools."

I asked Coach Lynch what Jeray's strengths were as a player.

"Jeray plays the offensive line with a defensive-lineman mentality. He's aggressive, not soft like most offensive lineman. That's what Coach Jackson saw in him a year ago. Jeray's a three year starter. He started at left tackle as a sophomore, we were12-2 that year. Last year he played left tackle as well. This year we'll move him inside to offensive guard. Jeray can run. He's not as big as some linemen: he's 6-4, 265 lbs. But he can run, he runs a 5.0 40, and he's real strong, he benched 375 lbs. when we tested our kids in February. He'll play offensive guard in college."

"Jeray is a pretty quiet kid. He's soft-spoken -- but on the field he's totally different."

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