QB Chad Somerville Visits Michigan Again

With the first major announcement of the 2004-5 recruiting season involving the University of Michigan football program out of the way, it's time to look at the prospects still available. One of this, quarterback <b>Chad Somerville</b> from Mason, Mich. High School was in Michigan Stadium Saturday to see the Wolverines easily handle Northwestern 42-20. He's been waiting for an offer, did one come this weekend? <br><br>

Mason, Mich. High School's football season ended Oct. 29 with a 37-21 loss to Charlotte in the first round of the playoffs. Bulldog quarterback Chad Somerville has used the free-time to visit some of the colleges on his favorite list and hoping one will offer. He recently received some news from the Michigan State staff. "I talked to the coach at MSU and he said they were going to offer me a preferred walk-on spot," he said. "They said there would have a scholarship after this year."

The 6 foot 2, 185-pound Somerville has yet to receive any other offers but was in Ann Arbor Saturday to watch Michigan take care of Northwestern. He said he had a chance to speak to the staff. "I talked to Coach Loeffler, and Coach Carr a little," he said. "Coach Loeffler said he was going to watch more of my film on Monday and evaluate things from there."

Besides the Spartans and Wolverines, Somerville is receiving interest from some of the other Division 1-A schools in Michigan. "I've been talking to the quarterback coach at Western Michigan," he said. "They haven't offered any QB's there yet, and I think they have the best opportunity for me as far as playing time goes." He said he has also be trying to contact the staff at Central Michigan, but they already have a quarterback commitment so he isn't sure the interest remains.

One thing any quarterback seriosuly considering Michigan is the presence of freshman signal-caller Chad Henne. "That is something I am seriously looking at," he said. "I want to play as a freshman or a sophmore, and it looks like I may not have the opportunity to play until my senior year of something if I go to Michigan." He went on to say that he wouldn't commit to Michigan immediately, if offered. "I think I would hold off a while to see what other offers I would get," he said. "Western and MSU have the best opportunities for me to play and I think I could come in and compete right away at Michigan State."

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