Schifano: Loved Wolverines Since Childhood

Michigan's newest member of the Class of 2005, Schroeder (Webster, N.Y) OL <b>Justin Schifano</b> has been a Michigan admirer since he was a child. On Thursday he announced his intentions to become a Wolverine. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with him about his commitment.

"I actually verbally committed at the Notre Dame game," Justin Schifano (6-5, 296 lbs, 5.07 in the 40) said. "But I wanted to concentrate on my season without any disctractions before I made it public. My recruiting is done. I spoke with Coach Moeller about 20 minutes ago and let him know I made it public. They told me back in November I could announce it whenever I felt comfortable."

Schifano could barely contain his excitement while talking with him. "I love their (Michigan's) tradition, their academics, their style of football, everything," he said. "I've just always like them since I was a kid, watching them on TV and stuff. I researched them when I realized I might be presented with the opportunities and I discovered that not only did it have the great football tradition but also had a great academic tradition. I made a couple visits and it just seemed like a perfect fit for me."

The talented linemand said he and his father made the trek to Ann Arbor in June, where he received his scholarship offer from Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr.

Schifano is a three-year starter at offensive tackle for Schroeder, a team that has won the state title two out of the last three years. They lost in this years state final to New Rochelle 32-6 to finish the season 12-1. Schifano has been a starter since he was a freshman. "I'm going to concentrate on getting the program back to where it used to be," Schifano said. "This is behind me, I'm solid. I won't be taking any visits other than to Michigan, there's no reason to go anywhere else. I don't feel like I could have ever made a mistake (choosing Michigan)."

Schifano is aware of another Michigan commit from New York. "I've heard of Mike Hart, everyone has around here," Schifano said. "I haven't met him personally but I know he's going to Michigan too."

Schifano plays on the outside of the offensive line for Schroeder, but feels he'll move. "I play tackle now but I see myself as an interior lineman, either guard or center. I don't play any other sports so I can just concentrate on getting stronger for football. We train all-year round here, that's why we're such a great program."

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