Michigan the Right Fit for Houma

Michigan made no secret if its desire to land a fullback in its 2010 class, aggressively pursuing and offering at least three during the spring. This afternoon those efforts paid off when Salt Lake City (UT) Highland fullback Sione Houma pledged to the Wolverines over offers from Washington, Utah, and Utah State. ***Film Included.***

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"I just talked to my parents about going out of state and starting something new," Houma told GoBlueWolverine.  "They were happy about it.  They think Michigan is the right school for me."

Houma and his family gained a greater appreciation for what Michigan has to offer when they made to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit back in June.

"The visit was great," he said afterward. "The stadium was great. The academics were pretty great and I was into it.  (The coaches) are all great people. They all kept up with me and they seem like if I needed something, they could help me."

Houma credited two coaches in particular with helping convince him that Michigan was indeed the place to spend his collegiate future.

"It was Coach Ferrigno and Coach Montgomery," he said.  "I really like them."

The feeling is obviously mutual, as Houma fills a huge need.  According to Brady Hoke, Michigan's return to a traditional pro-style offense requires a fullback that is willing to "finish his career two inches shorter than he was when he started it."  While Houma is certainly capable of being that battering ram, he also is capable of providing a little offense.  During his junior campaign he rushed  1,064 yards, 661 of which came in three playoff games.  He also proved to be a capable receiver out of the backfield.  How much of those non-blocking skills he'll be asked to utilize for the Maize & Blue remains to be seen.

"I'm not really sure (what the plan is)," stated Houma.  "I just play football."

Now that the 6-foot, 210-pounder has his decision behind him, his full focus now shifts toward his final high school season.

Said Houma, "I'm just going to work hard, do my best in every game, and keep my head in school."

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