Michigan Offers Illinois O-Lineman

In all the hoopla following Michigan's last-second 27-25 win over Penn State on Saturday, Wolverine head coach Lloyd Carr managed to take care of a little recruiting business. His focus was Plainfield, Ill., offensive lineman Perry Dorrestein, and the business was an offer to the three-star player to spend the next four years at Michigan.

It was in pandemonium in the Michigan football locker room on Saturday following their stunning last-second victory over No. 8 Penn State. Yet in the midst of all the celebration, Wolverine head coach Lloyd Carr took the time to give a young man an offer of a lifetime, the chance to play football for the Maize and Blue.

"Everyone was going crazy after the game," Perry Dorrestein of Plainfield, Ill., Central High School said. "I was talking with coach (Andy) Moeller when Coach Carr asked me to come into his office. That's when he told me I had an offer to come to Michigan." Dorrestein was on an unofficial visit, and said he went to Ann Arbor for the day with his uncle.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive tackle is not a stranger to the Michigan campus. He was a camper this summer, and said he wasn't disappointed the offer didn't materialize at that time. "Coach Carr told me then that my future looked bright," Dorrestein said. "The wanted to watch some things before offering, and while I was a little surprised by the offer this weekend, it wasn't totally unexpected."

Dorrestein reports 12 offers, and a top four of Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa State, and Duke. "I want to take all of my official visits first before I make a decision," he said. "I'll wait until after the season to do that. When I'm done with those I won't wait long to make the call."

The big man said he had front-row, 50-yard-line seats for the action. "It was great, it was almost like being right on the field," he said. "I've been to Purdue when they played Notre Dame, and to Northwestern, and they all have great fans, but Michigan was by far the largest crowd and it was really fun."

The Wildcats are at 4-4, and face Morris on Friday to complete their season. With no post-season action on the horizon look for Dorrestein to set up official visits shortly. "I want to get it over with as soon as possible," he said. "I don't want it to become a hassle."

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