Michigan's Thirteen Commitments

The Michigan football program has twelve verbal commitments now. Seven are US Army All-Star Game participants (last year there were two!).<br><br> (All that's needed now is two Ohio men, and a Ly-nell in a pear tree!)

Michigan's Thirteen Verbal Commitments

As of January 8, 2003

As stated, seven of Michigan's 12 commitments have been chosen for the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game, to be carried live the evening of on Jan. 5 on ESPN2 from the Alamodome in San Antonio. And, according to Tom Lemming, who chose the team, there would be two more future Wolverines on the team (Jake Long and Jim Presley) if the State of Michigan's MHSAA didn't forbid Michigan kids from playing in out of state all-star games. Lemming told yours truly that he 'kind've' ran out of linebackers for the game (by the way, top Michigan recruits Prescott Burgess, Shawn Crable and Donte Whitner are also playing in the game).

1. Quarterback Sam Keller (Dec. 13 official visit, 2001 Michigan camper, 6-4, 205 lbs., 4.85 in the 40) from Danville, Calif., San Ramon Valley. His best rating is as Rivals100's #9 pro-style quarterback. This season he was 210-333 (63%) for 3,282 yards, 38 touchdowns and five interceptions...he also ran for two touchdowns. For his career over 35 games, he was 485-828 (59%) for 7,357 yards, 79 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

2. Running back/safety Anton Campbell (Dec. 6 official visit, 2002 Michigan camp visitor, 6-0, 185 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 330-lb. bench press, 36-inch vertical jump, 2.8 GPA/18 ACT) from O'Fallon, Missou., Fort Zumwalt West. He made an unofficial visit for the PSU game. For the season for the 8-3 Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars Campbell rushed for 1,175 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns; on defense he recorded 82 tackles, six interceptions and eight pass breakups. He is Tom Lemming's #82 prospect, and was West Team co-Captain and leading tackler in the US Army All Star game.

3. All-American offensive lineman Jake Long (Dec. 6 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-7, 295 lbs., 5.0 in the 40, 340-lb. bench press, 2.7 GPA) from Lapeer, Mich., East. He is TheInsiders.com's #79 prospect.

4. Tight end/offensive lineman Adam Kraus (2002 Michigan camper, 6-6, 275 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 300-lb. bench press, strong student) from New Orleans Brother Martin. He made an unofficial visit for the Nov. 16 Wisconsin game. He is Tom Lemming's #204 prospect. New Orleans Brother Martin finished the season 5-5. Kraus played tight end for a wing-T (running) offense.

5. All-American Linebacker Jim Presley (Dec. 13 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, MSU Nike stats: 6-2 1/2, 215 lbs., 4.56 in the 40, 4.06 in the shuttle; 30.3 inch vertical jump, 18 bench press reps of 185 lbs. ... 10.8 100 meters, 375-lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA/19 ACT) from , Highland, Mich., Milford High. For the season for 8-2 Milford, Presley had 88 tackles, 16 sacks and 10 tackles for loss; on offense he had 1,264 yards rushing (7.5 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns He is TheInsiders.com's #92 prospect.

6. Place kicker Garrett Rivas (Sept. 31 visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 5-9, 180 lbs.) from Tampa, Fla., Jesuit. He committed during the visit. In Jesuit's 12-1 season Rivas made 12 field goals (with only three misses), and was five for five in Tampa Jesuit's four playoff games -- including two from 36 yards, the 40-yarder mentioned, and a 47 yarder. He was the East team kicker in the US Army All-Star game.

7. All-American tight end/defensive end Will Paul (Dec. 13 official visit, 2002 Michigan camp visitor, MSU Nike stats: 6-4, 255 lbs., 4.59 in the 40, 3.0 GPA/18 ACT) from St. Louis Parkway West, Missou. He attended the Sept. 28 U-M/Illinois game - at Illinois - and committed to Michigan the next day. He was the starting West Team MLB in the US Army All Star game. He is TheInsiders' #36 prospect.

8. Offensive lineman Pat Sharrow (Dec. 6 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-3, 275 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 390-lb. bench press, 3.6 GPA) from Monroe, Michigan. He offered him a scholarship, and he committed at his official visit. Michigan had been Sharrow's favorite for a year+ now. He is an good long-snapper, and may very well play that role for U-M. He told yours truly, "I will be trained at guard and center at Michigan." He made an unofficial visit for the Washington game and the Michigan spring game; in the fall of 2001 he visited for almost all of Michigan's home games.

9. All-American quarterback Clayton Richard (Nov. 15 official visit, 6-5, 225 lbs., 4.7 in the 40, 4.0 GPA/1340 SAT) from Lafayette, Ind., McCutcheon. He made an official visit for the Nov. 16 Wisconsin game, and committed at a press conference on Dec. 9. This season he threw for 2,920 yards, and he finished his high school career with 10,764 yards and 92 touchdowns in four seasons. Tom Lemming's #27 prospect played in the US Army All Star game, and was ginve a National Academic Award.

10. All American cornerback Leon Hall (Jan 10 official visit, USC Nike Stats: 5-11, 175 lbs., 4.42 in the 40, 4.19 shuttle, 33 inch vertical jump) from Vista, Calif. On Dec. 11 his head coach emailed us that Hall told Michigan assistant coach Brady Hoke that he is picking Michigan. For the season (going into the Dec. 14 Div. 1 SoCal championship game for 10-2 Vista) Hall has 22 catches as a receiver, and 46 tackles and two interceptions as a cornerback. He is The Insiders' #78 prospect, and was the starting West Team cornerback in the US Army All Star game.

11. All-American defensive back/‘athlete' Ryan Mundy (Nov. 2 official visit, PSU Nike stats: 6-2, 200 lbs., 16 reps of 185 lbs.; 4.45 in the 40, 10.7 100 meters, 290-lb. bench press, 2.7 GPA/830 SAT in 2001) from Pittsburgh, Penn., Woodland Hills (former teammate of Steve Breaston). He committed to Michigan Dec. 18. For the year he recorded 30 receptions for 750 yards and 12 touchdowns, ran the ball 12 times for 200 yards; as a defensive back he made 50 tackles with six interceptions. He is Tom Lemming's #29 prospect, andmade two interceptions as a safety in the US Army All-Star Game.

12. All-American offensive lineman Jeff Zuttah (Dec. 13 official visit, 6-4, 280 lbs., 4.95 in the 40, 410 lb. bench press, 3.2 GPA/1160 SAT) from The Hun School, Princeton, New Jersey. A fairly new Michigan recruit, he committed Dec. 18, turning down Notre Dame, FSU, and PSU. He is Tom Lemming's #73 prospect, and was been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game, but had to cancel in order to enroll at U-M for January.

13. All-American ‘athlete' Prescott Burgess (Dec. 13 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-3, 220 lbs., 4.59 in the 40 at the OSU Camp, 3.0 GPA/15 ACT) from Warren, Ohio, Harding. He committed to Michigan at the US Army All-American game - live on ESPN2. He is The Insiders' #13 prospect, and was a participant in the US Army All-Star Game (he and Mundy were stars as co-safeties).

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