Branch Names Four

Cibola (Albuquerque, NM) High School DL <b>Alan Branch</b> has been very closed about his recruitment throughout the process. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with the big man Monday evening and he said he has a list of four schools he is considering. Is U-M on the list and will he leave home?

Throughout the recruiting year Cibola (Albuquerque, NM) DL 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) has been reluctant to tip his hand on how he is thinking about his college choice. Early in the year it was reported that the Michigan Wolverines were his leader, but he refuted that claim with GBW spoke with him late last summer.

Monday night the talented big man told GBW he has a list of four schools he is considering, and he may even move up his announcement. "It's down to Michigan, Texas Tech, Arizona State, and New Mexico," Branch said. "I may announce at the Army All-American Bowl as I'm kinda getting tired of the calls and stuff."

Branch has extended family in the Detroit area, but is feeling the pinch to stay close to home. "My dad would like me to stay close to home so he can see more of my games," he said. "But he is still letting me decide where I want to go." Branch has two visits under his belt, Arizona State (10/3) and Michigan (10/17) and said he has no other visits set at this time.

He said he talked to Michigan recruiting coordinator Bill Sheridan on Friday before the Wolverines left for Southern California. "We just talked about how things were going," Branch said. "Of course I'll be rooting for the Wolverines in the Rose Bowl."

Branch is an extremely versatile player for a person his size. At 320 pounds he moves like a tailback, and even played some there this past season. He is being recruited as a defensive lineman though and says that's where he wants to play in college.

This winter Branch is playing baksetball and Cibola is off to a 6-0 start. Branch will miss one game while he is attending the Army All-American Bowl. "I'm not playing as well as I did last year, but we're still winning and that's what matters," he said.

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