QB Chad Somerville to GBW:Game,Visit,SCOUT REPORT

GBW talks first-hand to the recruits for you!<br><br> A player the recently re-surfaced at the quarterback position for Michigan is <b>Chad Somerville</b> from Mason, Mich. High School. He was a Michigan camper this summer and is receiving renewed interest from the Wolverines' staff, including an invite to Saturday's triple-overtime victory over MSU. <br><br> GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Somerville about the visit and whether he received an offer.

Don't let the lack of offers fool you. It is apparent the Michigan staff is taking a keen interest in quarterback Chad Somerville from Mason, Mich. High School. Those who have seen Somerville in action say he has the tools to play in the Big Ten (GBW watched him at the Iowa Nike Camp where he was the #3 QB, see below), and the lack of a passing game at Mason is the reason for the lack of attention. However, Michigan quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler wants to take a closer look before extending an offer. The 6 foot 3, 185-pound hurler was in attendence for Saturday's exciting come-from-behind, triple overtime win over Michigan State and had a chance to chat with Loeffler. "They didn't give me an offer," Somerville said. "Coach Loeffler said he wanted to see the tape of my last three games and go from there; I'm still surprised at the idea of getting an offer, I'm happy that they are interested and hoping an offer will be coming in the future. It was the first time I had talked to (Loeffler) since camp so I asked him what all this recruiting business was about (from Michigan). He said they were definitely interested in me but needed to see more tape."

Somerville said walking through the tunnel prior to the game was an unforgettable experience, and said the Michigan crowd really impressed him. "(Michigan) has one of the biggest fan bases around," he said. "The whole Big House was going nuts, it was great."

Some of Michigan's top commitments and targets for the recruiting class of 2005 were also at the game. "I got to talk to Mario Manningham," Somerville said. "We were both at camp last summer. We talked about playoffs and how our seasons went. Victor Harris, Antonio Bass, and Kevin Grady sat right in front of me at the game and were having a good time. Victor Harris especially seemed to be having a real good time. I saw him talking to Coach Carr after the game and it looked like they were laughing it up."

Somerville also said he talked to a couple other quarterbacks at the game. "I had a chance to talk to Chad Henne," he said. "He asked how I was doing, it was pretty cool. I also talked to Matt Gutierrez and asked how his shoulder was doing. He thanked me for asking and said he would be out about six to eight months."

Mason's season ended Friday night with a loss to Charlotte. Somerville said the final was 37-21. "We were up 14-7 at the half but Charlotte is a great team, we finished the season 7-3," he said. "For the season I threw for over 1200 yards ... I averaged about 15 (passes) per game."

So what's in store for the rest of the fall for Somerville? "I'll go to the Michigan State - Ohio State game next weekend," he said. "Then I'm going to games at Western (Michigan) and Central (Michigan). I'd love to go to another game at Michigan."

GBW scouting report on Somerville: we watched Chad at the Iowa Nike Camp's Elite 11 Tryout, which also featured Robby Schoenhoft (OSU commit), Evan Sharpley (Domer commit) and Jake Christianson (Iowa commit). We did not really know who Chad was at the time, and our immediate reaction was, "Who's this kid!?" We judged him the #3 QB overall, behind Schoenhoft, barely behind Sharpley, and ahead of Christianson. He showed a 'live', accurate arm, on a level with Sharpley. And he showed good mobility, better than his 40 times would indicate. He was wiry-thin and physically immature compared to the other top QBs, which made it a little hard to predict his potential. But we'd say most EVERY school in the MAC will end up offering him, as well as (if he stays patient) some Big Ten schools ... whether U-M jumps on him, we'll just have to wait and see.

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