Michigan’s struggles out of the gate this year have created questions in the minds of many that follow the Wolverines. “Why has the offense sputtered?” “Is the defense really that bad?” “Will recruits start to jump ship?” In the case of question #3, the commitments have been undeterred in their allegiance to the Maize & Blue. That’s especially true for Fort Bend (TX) Dulles wideout Darryl Stonum.
“I’ve been watching them a little bit (laughing),” Stonum said regarding Michigan. “I’m straight. I’m cool, man. I don’t care if they go 0-1,000,000, I’m going to still go there. That’s where I want to go. As far as why they’re losing, I don’t know what’s going on.”
Stonum’s unwavering certainty about his future home has been like a roadblock to other coaches trying to pry him from Michigan’s grip. They’ve been persistent in their pursuit and Stonum has been persistent in his rejections.
“I hear it every day,” Stonum said regarding negativity about Michigan. “I’ve gotten text messages like crazy. Everybody and their momma is on me. I had to turn it off. I got calls from every head coach in the nation again. The only reason I picked up is because I didn’t know who they were. I answered the phone and it was head coaches from all of these schools trying to re-recruit me like I’m going to change my mind. I’m saving the numbers so I know not to pick them up anymore.”
All the unwanted attention combined with concern over the Wolverines fortunes could easily turn into a huge distraction, but sage advice from a friend in Ann Arbor has helped Stonum keep his priorities straight.
“I talked to Brandon Herron (Sunday) and he basically told me don’t worry about what’s going on up there because I’ve got to concentrate on my season down here,” he said. “We’re 1-1 right now. We’re doing all right. In the first game I had like nine catches for 120 yards and a TD. In the second game I had like two catches for 50 yards.”
After this week’s game is in the books, Stonum plans to make his way to Ann Arbor with hopes of seeing the Wolverines snap out of they’re losing streak. He initially planned to make it up for the upcoming battle with the Nittany Lions, but a conflict caused him to make change.
“I scheduled it for Penn State on accident,” he said. “I
thought they played Penn State this week, but it’s Notre Dame. I had to
change it because the only time I can make it up there is this week for Notre
Dame. Next week I have a game on Saturday and I’m not going to be able
to make it. Hopefully I’ll get to see them get their first win.”