Dead Period Begins

It's all over but the deciding! These last days going into Wed. Feb. 5th's Signing Day are a 'dead period' -- no phone calls or in-home/in-school visits are allowed, in order to let the recruits decide in peace. It looks like there are six non-committed recruits to whom U-M will be sending Letters of Intent, in hopes they'll be returned, signed, on Wed.<br><br> Here's the 11th hour report on each of the six: <B>Woodley/Jackson</b>, <B>Crable</b>, <B>Hunt</b>, <B>Keller</b>, <B>Pittman</b>.

1./2. Saginaw Mich.'s Lamarr Woodley and Jerome Jackson:
On Thursday their MSU recruiter Reggie Mitchell was at the school, so Michigan assistant Fred Jackson was right in there too ... which meant they couldn't go to the Saginaw basketball game Friday -- only one visit per week is allowed by NCAA rules (up to seven in-homes or in-school visits total by assistant coaches I believe, and one visit from the head coach). Lamarr and Jerome are announcing their decision on Signing Day, tentatively during the late morning or noon hour.

3. Massillon Ohio linebacker Shawn Crable:
Coaches Loeffler and Herrman capped off Michigan's four-year-recruitment of Crable with an in-home visit Thursday night. You can bet an OSU coach was there at the end too. And Pitt is still in it for him too. He will announce his decision on Signing Day, tentatively at 1:30 in the afternoon, although he reportedly may wait until the evening.

4. Alexandria Va. running back Tony Hunt:
According to Tom Lemming of Prep Football Report, Tony's mom likes Michigan. Penn State is the competition (and perhaps the leader), although it has just gotten a commitment from its second running back this year. It has a 'super' commitment from Austin Scott, and also got a triad of top 'big backs' last year. Still with the TC Williams AD being the brother of PSU assistant Larry Johnson, this is a tough one. Paterno was in the home Thursday, and Michigan's Coach Campbell and Maryland coaches were in last week as well. Maryland is still in it too.

5. Calif. quarterback Sam Keller:
It is assumed that Michigan will send him a 'tender', but that it is ASU that will more likely be the college that gets one sent back with his signature on it.

6. La. defensive end Kirston Pittman: see a separate report on him.

Note: Michigan is considered out of it for Fla. Athlete Antonio Cromartie and Ga. defensive back Paul Oliver.

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