Cibola High School (Albuquerque, N.M.) DL/LB Alan Branch (U-M Camper, US Army Combine stats: 6-6, 305 lbs., 5.2 in the 40, 4.65 in the shuttle, 2.5 GPA/17 ACT) said Michigan coach Ron English was just leaving the house after spending an evening talking about what Michigan had to offer the talented player. "He came by and watched a basketball game I played in tonight, then he got here later. We talked about how Michigan offers both academic and athletic excellence," Branch said. "I don't really have a favorite right now but Michigan is standing great. I do feel fortunate to even be considered by Michigan."
Branch said the phone rang four times during the visit with English, and that the recruiting process was starting to take its toll. "I'm starting to get a little worn down by all this. I've thought a little about moving up my decision so it will end." Branch has previously said he would make his decision at the U.S. Army All-Star game.
The big man said all of his family are Michigan fans. "They say it would be great if I went to Michigan but they're letting me make the decision," Branch said. "My dad and I are actually going to talk this weekend about narrowing down my list of schools and right now I don't have any other visits set up yet."
He recently told TheInsiders he would also have in-home visits this week with Washington State and Arizona State, but he told GBW he didn't have any other in-homes set up.
Branch visited Arizona State on Oct. 3 and Michigan on Oct. 17. He lists Texas Tech, Texas A&M, New Mexico, Washington State and Tennessee as other schools that he is interested in. He has started his basketball season at Cibola, where he plays center. Branch said he's still a little banged up from football, but is looking forward to a good year in hoops.
Branch was named New Mexico's 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year.
Branch: "Michigan is Standing Great!"
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