Stokes Reveals New Final Four

Philadelphia (PA) Northeast WR Je'Ron Stokes reveals his new list of finalists and lays out his visit list as signing day approaches. His newly shaped leaderboard has a surprising omission.

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"We're on the road again," Stokes reported.  "Right now I'm on my way to Illinois and probably Georgia the week after that.  Then that will be it."

If that is indeed it, then what of Penn State visit he mentioned previously?  Is a trip to Happy Valley no longer on the itinerary?

"Nah," he replied.

Stokes travel schedule will bookend a very busy seven day period for the Army All-American.  Sandwiched between those two visits will be a number of in-home visits with coaches from schools left standing on his list.

"It has just been a bunch of position coaches (so far)," Stokes said regarding those that have already made it to his home.   "A couple of head coaches will be down next week.  Coach Rodriguez is coming down early next week."

Rodriguez will likely be accompanied by receiver coach Tony Dews, who has been largely responsible for the substantial ground the Wolverines have made up in the four-star wideout's recruitment.  An impressive official visit last weekend only strengthened the Michigan's cause. 

And now the Maize & Blue is getting additional help from one of its 2010 commitments, Orlando, FL wideout Ricardo Miller.  The two pass-catchers (along with Stokes' younger brother Malik Stokes) became fast friends during the Army All Star festivities in San Antonio, TX earlier this month.

"Yeah I've been talking to (Ricardo)," Stokes admitted.  "He is real cool.  He said my family could be a second family (for him).  He is cool."

While it's clear Michigan is in very good standing in the race for Stokes' services, the Keystone State star made it clear that a winner has not yet been determined.

"Everybody is in the running coming down the stretch," he said.  "My final four is Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, and Tennessee." And the factors that'll go into his final decision?

"It's going to come down to whether I will be able to come in and compete for a starting job early," he said ... plus "academics, is there a family atmosphere, relationship with the coaches, and just me feeling comfortable with the school outside of football.  Those are the things that would be important to me."

"I want to be somewhere where I feel like I'll be developed and become the best player possible."


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