Signing Day Capsule: Troy Woolfolk

The Woolfolk name should be very familiar to Wolverine fans across the country. Butch Woolfolk was a great running back for the Maize and Blue during the Bo Schembechler era. Troy wants to make a name for himself, however, and, despite picking the same school as his old man, Woolfolk is set to make his own impact on the program.

Troy Woolfolk
Dulles High School
(Sugar Land, Texas)
Star Ranking: ***
Position Ranking: 44

His Recruiting Story:
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how the Michigan coaching staff discovered this talented cornerback. The son of former Michigan tailback Butch Woolfolk, Troy has been on the Michigan radar for some time. Despite that, it wasn't until a strong summer camp performance this past June that the Wolverines legacy recruit picked up the scholarship offer that he had been waiting for.

"I'm hearing a lot from Michigan," Troy told GoBlueWolverine Magazine back in the summer. "They were down here last week. I don't have an offer yet, but I'm told it's close. I'll be going up there for camp, so hopefully it will happen by then. I'd say that Michigan and UT are my top schools."

With the dream of being a Wolverine in his head for many years, it didn't take long for Woolfolk to decide the Michigan offer was too much to pass up. Before even making it back to the airport for the long flight back to Texas, Woolfolk was a Wolverine.

"I had him cloaked in the Maize and Blue since he was born (laughing). He still has a lot of stuff that he had from Michigan as a little kid. He knew more about Michigan than any other college, but I still think it was a fantasy…an unrealistic fantasy to him…to the point where he never really thought about playing there. Michigan offered Troy a scholarship," Butch said. "When they did, he decided to go to the University of Michigan."

Troy became the eighth member of the 2007 recruiting class and the first from the 2007 summer camp.

GoBlueWolverine Commentary:
At a position of dire need for the Wolverines, fans all over are hoping that Troy Woolfolk has the same impact on the Michigan program as his old man did. It will be difficult for Troy to match the success of his father, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but the opportunity is there with the depth issues in the Michigan secondary.

Speed is the name of Troy's game, and his speed could be his meal ticket at Michigan. Despite a lot of running before arriving for summer camp, not to mention the flight from Texas to Ann Arbor, Woolfolk was one of the quickest campers in the entire Michigan camp. His speed will translate well to the college game, but technique and instincts might need a little work.

Watch to see if his physicality takes the next step for the college game. In a conference with teams like Wisconsin, Penn State and Iowa, his ability to stop the run and make clean crisp tackles could get him on the field sooner than the rest of his freshman counterparts.

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