Signing Day Capsule: Tate Forcier

Michigan wanted a pair of quarterbacks in the 2009 recruiting class. When Kevin Newsome reneged on his Michigan pledge, Tate Forcier jumped at the opportunity at the chance to be a Wolverine. Forcier enrolled at Michigan in January, and is expected to go through spring ball with the football team.

Tate Forcier
Quarterback 6-0/183/4.63
Scripps Ranch HS (San Diego, CA)
NR: **** Position Rank: 15

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His Recruiting Story

Unlike many others who go through the recruiting process, it was no secret what school Tate Forcier wanted to attend. Raised a fan of the Maize and Blue, it didn't take long following the decommitment of Kevin Newsome for Forcier to pledge Blue.

Forcier picked Michigan over offers from Arizona State, Oregon, Penn State and many others. Had he not ended his recruitment in August by selecting the Wolverines, he surely would have had more.

"It's like Jason (Tate's brother, a former U-M footballer) said to me," Tate said. "You know the feeling you get when you visit somewhere nice , but the feeling of 'commitment' is different and I had that feeling all this weekend."

It didn't always look as if Forcier would be able to live the dream and be a Wolverine, however. When Kevin Newsome became the Wolverines first pledge at the quarterback position, and Shavoderick Beaver followed shortly after, it appeared as if Forcier had waited too long before making his decision.

It all changed, though, when Newsome, who ultimately decided to continue his college career at Penn State, reneged on his Michigan commitment in August. Beaver ultimately decommited from the program as well, and Forcier is now that much more of an important recruit.

Forcier enrolled at Michigan in January and will go through spring ball with the team.

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Tate Forcier could be the most important recruit in the 2009 recruiting class. Struggles at the quarterback position hamstrung the Michigan offense all season long in 2008, and Forcier provides Rich Rodriguez with his first viable option as a dual threat quarterback for his spread offense.

Add to it the fact that Forcier gets the added advantage of going through spring and summer conditioning with the team, and Forcier could position himself to battle for the starting quarterback job in the fall.

As a junior at San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch, Forcier rushed for 733 yards on 66 attempts and had six touchdowns. He passed for 2,387 yards and 21 touchdowns with only five picks, for a 77% passer rating (164-for-213), which led San Diego County.


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