Checking in With Prepschooler Marques Slocum

Defensive tackle Marques Slocum originally committed to Michigan in January and had planned on being with the Wolverines this fall. However, he fell just short of a qualifying test score, and is now attending Milford Academy in New York. spoke with Milford Head Coach William Chaplick on Friday to get an update on Slocum's season, test score, and whether he still intends on coming to Michigan.

When it was first announced in June that defensive tackle Marques Slocum of West Catholic High School in Philadelphia would need to attend prep school at Milford Academy, it was made clear that he would honor his commitment to Michigan once he received a qualifying ACT or SAT test score. spoke with Milford Head Coach William Chaplick on Friday. "He took the SAT test and we should get the scores back next week," he said. "He will sign with Michigan -- when the time comes." Meaning, when he gets his score.

Chaplick said the future Wolverine is performing extremely well for the 8-0 Milford Falcons.

The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Slocum was an Army All-American in 2004, and played very well in the game in the January '05 game. He won a starting job for the East squad as an O-lineman, but asked to be moved to the defense -- where he won a starting spot on the D-line as well.

Slocum was a five-star prospect last season, and the No. 5-rated defensive lineman in the country according to

Since he never enrolled at Michigan, or practiced with the team, etc., when he does sign as expected he will retain all of his college eligibility.

Once Slocum gets on the field at Michigan, he and fellow 6-5+, 330+ pounder Alan Branch will make up the biggest Wolverine defensive line ever -- and one of the most athletic ever as well. Both are maulers, with Branch having more quickness and Slocum having more of a 'mean streak'.

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