The Legacy Kids

We recently received a communication from the family of a possible U-M recruiting target who has a Michigan connection. We share it with you here -- and the communication also got us thinking. It seems like there are a lot of possible U-M junior recruits and recruiting target who have Michigan connections in their past-or-present. Here's the list we have.

- Possible recruit Offensive lineman Dave McClain (6-5, 315 lbs., 5.3 in the 40) from Doylestown, Penn., Central Bucks East. His coach in the past has been David Armstrong Sr., father of former U-M player David. We recently received an email from Dave McClain's family, stating, "Dave (McClain) has been a starter since his freshman year for the Central Bucks East Patriots. As a junior, Dave was named to the All County team as well as the All Intel 1st team. Dave has been contacted by over 35 Div-1A schools to date. He was invited to the Nike camp this year, he will be attending at PSU (it's only 2 1/2 hours away). Dave has been a Mich. fan since he played CYO ball. His coach was David Armstrong SR. David Armstrong Junior went to Central Bucks West and then to Michigan. Dave (McClain) always looked up to Armstrong and has been a U-M fan ever since. Dave has been receiving mail from Michigan. He is trying to make it there for their summer camp. He took unofficial visits this past year to PSU, Virginia and West Virginia. Dave also trains with Vaughn Hebron five days a week. Vaughn used to play in the NFL with the Eagles and then the Broncos where he won two Super Bowl Rings. The schools on Dave's top list would probably be PSU, Michigan, Ohio State, WVU and Iowa."

The other kids with Michigan connections (and we take "Michigan connections" in the loosest manner ... even common high schools got a guy on this list):

- Possible recruit: Wide receiver Ryan Allison (6-2 1/2, 195 lbs, 4.59 in the 40, 4.47 shuttle, 29 inch vertical jump, 16 bench press reps.) from Lake Orion Mich., brother of U-M signee Roger Allison. Mr. Allison told us about Ryan a year ago when we were talking about Roger. We expect to see Ryan at the U-M Junior Day on Leap Day, Feb. 29 for the OSU game.

- Possible U-M recruit: Tight end/defensive end J.B. Paxson (6-3, 260 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 315 lbs. bench press) from Greenwood, Ind., Center Grove (Adam Finley's alma mater). Emfinger 4-star prospect.

- Possible U-M recruit: Defensive/offensive lineman Rocco Cirroni (6-6, 250 lbs.) from Warren, Ohio, Harding (alma mater of Prescott Burgess, and the school of U-M Commitment Mario Manningham). Emfinger 4-star prospect.

- Possible U-M recruit: Lineman Terrance Jamison (6-4, 230 lbs.) from Harvey, Ill., Thornton. Terance is the brother is U-M signee Tim Jamison, and U-M was able to make casual-contact with him when they did their in-homes and in-schools with Tim. Terrance is considered a DE prospect like his brother, but started on the O-line as a junior.

- Possible U-M recruit: Defensive end/Tight End Antonio Hinton (2003 Michigan Camper, 6-5, 265 lbs., 4.60 in the 40) and Lineman Ahmed Gause (6-4, 300 lbs.) from Harper Woods, Mich., Trinity. Harper Woods Trinity (formerly Bishop Gallagher) has been a prominent U-M pipeline: Darnell Hood, Markus Curry and Julius Curry, et al.

- Possible U-M recruit: Linebacker Chris Jeske (6-2, 215 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 4.3 GPA) from Joliet, Ill., Catholic (Mike Kolodziej's alma mater). As a junior Jeske made 163 tackles, 113 solo as Joliet Catholic won the Illinois State 5A title. He has early offers from Wisconsin and Northwestern, and Michigan visited his school in December. He will most likely attend summer camps at Michigan and Ohio State. Emfinger 4-star prospect.

- Possible U-M recruit: Linebacker Emmanuel Southern (6-4, 220 lbs.,4.6 in the 40) from Saginaw, Mich. Saginaw is the alma mater of Lamarr Woodley and Jerome Jackson, as well as Roy Manning.

- Safety Adam Myers-White (6-3, 200 lbs.) from Hamilton, Ohio. The head coach at Hamilton was until recently Wolverine Andy Mignery's father (he recently retired). Myers-White plans to attend the Feb. 29 Junior Day ... but OSU reportedly leads.

- Possible U-M recruit: Linebacker Nick Lawrence (6-3, 215 lbs., 4.7 in the 40) from Brighton. Brighton -- home of Clint Copenhaver, Drew Henson and Dave Pearson. One of the state's top 15 prospects.

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