The Commitments

Could Michigan possibly have started the '05-'06 recruiting season any better?! Six commitments (probably 1/3 of the final class), two of whom are in Scout.com's Top 30 and two more in the Top 100. And aimed dead-on at Michigan's major recruiting needs as well. Here are the commitments (... hopefully a 7th will 'drop' next week ...).

(Note: if you missed Steve Brown's Commitment-Presser photos, here they are again: Brown's Commitment Presser, with photos)

Michigan Commitment #1: Brandon Graham LB 6'1 235 4.40 Detroit Crockett Michigan. Scout.com's #12 prospect. From the same program as Penn State's´Edward Johnson and Michigan's John Thompson, Graham is at another level. As a junior Graham had 91 tackles, including 20 for losses; he rushed for a touchdown on a fake punt and can consistently make 32-yard field goals. Graham has a 3.8 grade-point average. The top prospect in Michigan and one of the naton's elite linebackers. Committed to Michigan in February, and GoBlueWolverine considers his commitment solid.

Michigan Commitment #2: Justin Boren OL 6'3 319 5.20 Pickerington North Ohio. Scout.com's #28 prospect. Justin's father, Mike, was a starting linebacker at Michigan in the 1980s. Justin is much bigger than his dad. One of the nation's elite OLs. After OSU got an early lead for him, U-M closed the gap starting with the Feb. 20 Junior Day - and Justin committed to U-M on May 13.

Michigan commitment #3: Quintin Patilla LB/RB/WR 6'2 1/2 210 4.65 Flint Carman-Ainsworth Michigan. Scout.com's #78 Midwest prospect. The underrated Patilla was a force at OLB at the Michigan Camp, fast and hard-hitting. He was offered a few days arter the camp ended, and immediately committed.

Michigan commitment #4: David Cone QB 6'6 215 Statesboro Georgia. One of the two "Sleepers of the U-M Camp," the Elvis Grbac clone plays for a school that passes less than 10 times a game. But he performed excellently at camp (observers called his performance the 2nd best QB performance of the camp, after rising junior Ryan Mallett and ahead of Elite 11 QB's Pat Devlin and Neil Caudle) and earned a U-M scholarship offer. He committed six days later, on June 29. He'd also had early offers from Mississippi State, Louisville, Georgia Tech; and Auburn and Georgia might continue to recruit him.

Michigan Commitment #5: Cobrani Mixon LB 6'2 220 4.60 Cincinnati Colerain Ohio. Scout.com's #84 prospect comitted to U-M on July 27. He was an ILB force in this past June's U-M Camp, fast and a bruising hitter ... in a word, a warrior. He wore a knee brace in the camp since he suffered an ACL injury as a junior although he toughed it out and returned to the field late in the season to end up with 100 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. He had postseason surgery. He also attended U-M's winter Junior day.

Michigan commitment #6: (11) Steve Brown S/CB 6'1 200 4.39 Columbus East Indiana. Scout.com's #92 prospect. Brown, who grew up a U-M fan, blew up the U-M Nike Camp with a 4.39 sec. 40, and was rewarded with early offers from Michigan and Notre Dame. He picked U-M on Monday afternoon, Aug 1st.

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The hoped-for 7th? Taylor Mays S 6'3 210 4.40 Seattle O'Dea Washington. Scout.com's #15 prospect. A huge safety who is extremely athletic and fast with cover-corner skills. As a sophomore Mays won the state 100- and 200-meter state championships; as a junior he pulled a hamstring after making the 100m finals. Michigan is in his top 2-3 with USC and possibly Washington. He visited U-M July 25-26, is going to USC this (Aug. 5th) weekend, and will decide soon after.

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