Wolverine Recruiting is Heating Up in the West

After an early season lull, Michigan recruiting activity in the West has suddenly blossomed. <br><br> There are new U-M scholarship offers, and additional top recruiting targets.<br><br> GoBlueWolverine Magazine recently spoke with Scout.com West Coast Recruiting Analyst Andrew Friedman to get the latest.<br>

Michigan recruiting fans are familar with early U-M scholarship offers to two top Washington prospects, S Taylor Mays and OL Steve Schillling.

However, with a limited number of scholarships to give, Michigan recruiting in the West looked to be taking a back seat to prospects closer to home. But things are not as they appear.

"It looks like Michigan has offered a pair of (Los Angeles) Dorsey High kids," Scout.com West Coast Recruiting Analyst Andrew Friedman told GoBlueWolverine.com Wednesday." Stafon Johnson and Mark Johnson both report offers from Michigan."

GoBlueWolverine has reason to believe, based on credible sources, that these offer reports are valid.

Stafon Johnson is a 6-foot-0, 195-pound running back/defensive back who recently told Scout.com's Allen Wallace that USC is the early leader for his services. "I favor USC slightly over the other schools in my top five," Johnson said. "Both Miami and Cal aren't that far behind them." As a junior Johnson had 206 carries for 1839-yards rushing along with 18 touchdowns. On defense he racked up 26 tackles to go with three interceptions. He reports a bench-press of 275 pounds; a squat of 495 pounds; and a vertical jump of 33-inches.

Mark Johnson is the less heralded of the pair, but is a stud in his own right. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker who transfered last season from Culver City High School. As a junior he had 138 tackles, five sacks, and an interceptions. He recorded double-digit tackles in all 11 games, including 22 against Point Loma.

Also coming up on the radar are a pair of Arizona targets. GoBlueWolverine.com will release the names of the two propects shortly, so stay tuned. While no U-M offers are on the table at this time, Friedman said there is a definite Michigan interest (once again, GBW has credible sources that substantiate this).

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