Note that we include no tight ends (we actually list three TE/DE's on the defensive ends list), and only 1 RB and 1 QB ... those are the 3 positions that can be cut back in order to make a 17-ish man class.
Note #2: It is now time to watch for whether all U-M's 03/04 class members make it into Michigan academically ... the final semester grades will be completed soon, and there may be a few U-M signees that need good final grades to make the 'core GPA' requirement. We include this note here because if kid-or-kids aren't not admitted it will obviously change upcoming 04/05 class needs and numbers.
The Need: with Justin Schifano committed, the need may be for two 'true tackles' ... although one more OG may be included as well.
-- The most likely recruits? A great list!
- Junior commitment #2 (#3 before the McKinney pull-back): Offensive lineman Justin Schifano (2003 Michigan Camper, 2003 PSU Nike stats: 6-4 1/2, 302 lbs., 5.1 in the 40, 30 bench press reps. of 185 lbs. ... 400 lb. bench press, "A" avg./qualified) from Webster, N.Y., Schroeder. He attended the 2004 U-M Spring Game. 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 #4 Offensive Guard.
- Offensive tackle Dan Doering (US Army Combine stats: 6-5 1/2, 270 lbs., 5.29 in the 40, 16 bench press reps.) from Barrington, Ill. He has a Michigan OFFER, and attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day and a spring practice. Doering is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect. At Lemming's mid-May Chicago photo shoot he told he that Doering would make an official visit to U-M (along with Iowa, Nebraska and Notre Dame). Doering will probably no attend any summer camps.
- Offensive tackle Dace Richardson (Probable Michigan Camper, 6-8, 305 lbs., 5.2 in the 40) from Wheaton, Ill., South. He visited for a spring practice and was OFFERed. He also has offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa St, Kentucky, Nebraska and MSU. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
- Offensive lineman David Moosman (Planned 2004 Michigan Camper, 6-4, 260 lbs., 5.3 in the 40, 360 lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA) from Libertyville, Ill. (in the N.Chic. suburbs). He grew up a U-M fan, and reveived a U-M OFFER during an unofficial visit on May 7. He also has offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Illinois and Arizona.
Opinion: he could possibly be a candidate for an early U-M commitment.
- Offensive tackle Cory Zirbel (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-7, 305 lbs., 5.1 in the 40, 365 lb. bench press, 3.2 GPA/19 ACT) from Murray, Kent. He attended the 2004 U-M Spring Game, and U-M is his favorite, perhaps followed by OSU. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
Opinion: Zirbel could possibly be a candidate for a U-M camp OFFER and an early U-M commitment.
- Offensive lineman Zach Hennis (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-7, 295 lbs., 365 lb. bench press) from Plain City, Oh., Jonathan Alder. He attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day and the 2004 U-M Spring Game. U-M is his favorite. He plans to attend camps at U-M and OSU. Alder, one of the smaller schools in the state of Ohio, went 9-2 in 2003.
- Defensive/offensive tackle Marques Slocum (Planned '04 U-M Camper or camp visitor, 6-6, 330 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 300 lb. bench press) from Philadelphia St John Neumann. He grew up a U-M fan and U-M has OFFERed him (as a DL). He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect. As a junior he had 8 sacks.
GBW Interviews Slocum in mid-May.
- Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (6-6, 320 lbs., 5.2 in the 40) from Plainfield, N.J. In mid-April, U-M OFFERed him. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
- Offensive guard Eddie Haupt (Planned '04 U-M Camper, Miami Nike stats: 6-4, 275 lbs., 3.6 GPA/1329 SAT) from Merritt Island, Fla. He has offers from Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan State, Maryland, and N.C. State.