Feb. 04 Signees Spotted:
- Tailback Max Martin (Nov. 22 official visit, May 27 unofficial visit, 6-2, 210 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 305-lb. bench press, 2.5 GPA/24 ACT/1070 SAT) from Madison, Ala., Bob Jones.
- Offensive lineman Alex Mitchell (2003 U-M Camper, U-M Nike stats: 6-6, 317 lbs., 5.69 in the 40, 24 bench press reps., 5.09 sec. shuttle, 20.0 inch vertical, 3.4 GPA/21 ACT) from Bay City, Mich., Central.
- Safety Jamar Adams (Sept. 6 official visit, 2003 U-M Camper, 2001 U-M Camper, V-Tech Nike stats: 6-2 1/2, 193 lbs., 4.13 sec. Shuttle, 33.2 inch vertical jump … 3.0 GPA/940 SAT) from Matthews, N.C., Butler.
2004/05 Commitments Spotted:
- Offensive lineman Justin Schifano (2003 Michigan Camper, 2003 PSU Nike stats: 6-5, 302 lbs., 5.1 in the 40, 30 bench press reps. of 185 lbs.) from Webster, N.Y., Schroeder. He told us he actually committed during his unofficial visit for the Notre Dame game Sept. 15, but he made his commitment public on Jan. 15. Schifano is a three-year starter at offensive tackle for Schroeder High School, which won the state title his freshman and sophomore seasons and lost its only game his junior season in the state championship game. He was considered perhaps the top offensive lineman at the 2003 PSU Nike Camp.He is Max Emfinger's #6 Offensive Guard.
- Running back Kevin Grady (2002 U-M Camper, 5-9, 230 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 2.7 GPA) from East Grand Rapids, Mich. The consensus #1 instate junior finished his junior season with 2,507 yards (including 235 in the State Championship victory) and 39 touchdowns. He committed Sept. 8, 2003, after attending the Houston game and before attending the Notre Dame game. He plans to enroll at U-M in Jan. 2005. He is Max Emfinger's #1 Tailback.
Top 2004/05 Recruits:
- Athlete (QB/RB/WR) Antonio Bass (6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA) from Jackson, Mich. Antonio was there with his father. Bass is the type of kid who is bigger every time we see him! Bass is Max Emfinger's #4 "Athlete."
- Cornerback/athlete Justin King (Planned 2004 Michigan Camper, 5-11, 182 lbs., 2003 PSU Nike stats: 4.29 in the 40, 3.72 sec. shuttle, 37.1 inch vertical jump, 11 bench press reps., 3.0 GPA) from Monroeville, Pa. Considered perhaps the #1 junior prospect in Pennsylvania, he rushed as a junior for 1,763 yards (8.2 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns; and as a cornerback he recorded 28 tackles, three fumble recoveries, and three interceptions. He came to the Feb. 29 Junior Day and plans to attend the Spring Game and the Michigan Summer Camp. King is Max Emfinger's #1 All-purpose back.
- Linebacker Derek Nicholson (Possible 2004 Michigan Camper, 6-1, 230 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 340 lb. bench press, 32 inch vertical jump) from Winston Salem, N.C., Mt. Tabor. Nicholson looked more like 6-1 than 6-2, but he is certainly 230 lbs. - plus. As a junior he made 181 tackles, including 27 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks. Other spring visits: North Carolina, NC State, FSU, Georgia, Virginia Tech. Other offers: all those schools, plus Tennessee, Notre Dame, Virginia, and others.
- Next, Terrance Taylor. The GBW staff itself looked for Terrance all day Saturday but never saw him. However, after two of our 'unofficial spotters' insisted they spotted him, we included him in this list. As it turns out, Taylor was not there. See our Sunday (Ap. 11) evening interview with him.
- Nose tackle Terrance Taylor (2003 U-M Camper, 6-0, 285 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/20 ACT) from Muskegon, Mich. Taylor is one of the top two instate juniors, and has a Michigan OFFER. As a junior he made 68 tackles including 10 sacks. He is one of USA Today's Top Ten Juniors. He is Max Emfingers #3 Nose Tackle.
- Looking 'bigger than advertised' (and the thumbnail photo above): Defensive end Terrance Jamison (6-4, 260 lbs.) from Harvey, Ill., Thornton. Terrance is the brother is U-M signee Tim. Terrance is considered a DE prospect like his brother, but he started on the O-line as a junior.
More 2004/05 Recruiting Targets:
- Linebacker Nick Lawrence (6-3, 215 lbs., 4.7 in the 40) from Brighton. Brighton -- home of Clint Copenhaver, Drew Henson and Dave Pearson. He is considered one of the state's top 15 prospects, and also attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day.
- Quarterback Sean Price (6-2, 175 lbs.) from Maine, Ill., South. He broke the IHSA single-season passing yardage mark in 2003 with 4,751 yards in 14 games.
- Wide receiver/defensive back Talonnie Russell (5-11, 175 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from Detroit DePorres. He also attended the Feb. 20 Junior Day. He is one of Jim S' Super Seven instate recruits, and a Max Emfinger 4 Star Prospect. OSU reportedly leads for him.
- Wide receiver Otis Wiley (6-0, 180 lbs.) from Flint, Mich., Carmen Ainesworth. He also attended the Jan. 29 Junior Day.
- Offensive lineman Zach Hennis (6-8, 300 lbs., 365 lb. bench press) from Plain City, Ohio, Jonathan Alder. He also attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day. Alder, one of the smaller schools in the state of Ohio went 9-2 in 2003.
- Lineman Joel Nitchman (6-5, 270 lbs.) from Kalamazoo, Mich., Hackett.
There were likely others as well (there were certainly more kids there, it's a matter of sorting out who the actual recruiting targets are) -- we'll add others as we hear about them.
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