US Army All-American Pre-Game

GBW spent the day today (Friday) watching practices, watching the skills competitions, talking at length with all of the Michigan recruits, and also watching the junior combine. <br><br> First from The West Squad: reports and interviews.

The top kids on the West seem to be, in our opinion (we'll see if the game bears this out!): Texas running back Adrian Peterson and Calif. WR Cameron Colvin. The West quarterbacks have struggled a bit in practices, so we'll see if they can get Colvin and fellow-starter Adrian Arrington (as always, tall, slender, and fast with good hands) from Iowa the ball. Also starting: huge New Mexico DL Alan Branch -- at defensive end.

We talked for quite a while to all three Michigan recruits at different times during the day -- Colvin (and his godfather Jay Lightner), Arrington (and his older brother and mother) and Branch. Here are certaina few pertinent quotes from each of them.

The first recruit we came across was DL Alan Branch (Oct. 18 official visit, 2003 U-M Camper, US Army Combine stats: 6-6, 305 lbs., 5.2 in the 40, 4.65 in the shuttle, 2.3 GPA/18 ACT) from Albuquerque, New Mex., Cibola. We walked around together and chatted. Branch was smiling and relaxed, not at all the reserved person we'd seen the other four times we'd met with him in person. He was happy-go-lucky, outgoing and obviously enjoying himself. "Yeah, I'm announcing my decision at the game tomorrow! Who will it be? I'm not telling -- Michigan or Arizona State. Hey, what happened to Michigan yesterday? We got to watch the first quarter and the second half. Boy I sure took a lot of razzing from all the guys, teasing me about my team!"

Next we sat on the sidelines for a good while with Cameron Colvin (Sept. 13 official visit, STAN Nike stats: 6-1, 188 lbs., 4.31 in the 40, 3.85 shuttle, 32.4 inch vertical, 13 bench press reps. … 2.3 GPA/860 ACT, from Concord, Calif., De La Salle) and his godfather, Jay Lightner. Lightner: "Cameron has a hectic month coming up: in successive weekends he's scheduled to visit Oregon, Miami, USC and Florida State."
Cameron talked quite a bit about the Rose Bowl game: "Yeah, I watched most of the game yesterday. I thought that when Braylon dropped that long sideline pass in the first quarter that that really hurt Michigan momentum-wise. If he had caught that and scored it would have been a big lift to the team."

Adrian Arrington (2002 U-M Camper, U-M Nike stats: 6-4, 177 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 32.4 inch vertical, 4.28 sec. Shuttle … 3.5 GPA, from Cedar Rapids, Ia., George Washington). We asked him if he is still visiting UCLA in January and he said, "Yeah." When I asked him if he is down to Michigan Iowa and UCLA he answered, "Mainly Michigan and Iowa."

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