Four Ohio Juniors

Michigan's last two great recruiting classes (the current 02/03 class, and the 00/01 Massey/Woods/Shazor class) were notable for each including two of the top three-or-four Ohio prospects: Pat Massey and Pierre Woods in 2001, and Prescott Burgess and Shawn Crable in the just-signed group. Will the next class, the infancy-stage 2003/04 class, pull off the same coup? Time of course will tell -- but here are four top Ohio juniors who have shown serious interest in the Wolverines.<br>Pictures Added!

1. Linebacker Marcus Freeman (U.S. Army Combine stats: 6-2, 225 lbs, 4.66 in the 40, 4.22 shuttle, 30-inch vertical jump, 28 bench press reps. of 185 lbs.) from Huber Heights, Ohio, Wayne. At the combine, attended by around 200 juniors and sophomores from all over the country, he was named top linebacker overall: his 40 yard time was second fastest for a linebacker (there was one 4.65), and his bench press was third best overall (only one OL and one DL had more reps). In the shuttle, his time was beaten only by two WR's, two RB's, and three DB's. We spoke briefly with Freeman at the combine, and he informed us that he is seriously interested in Michigan. One OSU web site gave the opinion this past fall that Michigan might be his early leader. He is a consensus top-four Ohio junior, and the state's top junior linebacker.

Marcus Freeman

Marcus Freeman EXPLODES out of the blocks during shuttle testing!

2. Quarterback Bryan Hoyer (6-5, 190 lbs.) from Cleveland St. Ignatius. He attended the U-M/Wisconsin game last fall. As a junior he threw for 1,922 yards. Similar to Brady Quinn last year at this time, Hoyer is a top 20 Ohio junior who could jump way up fast.

3. Defensive lineman Mike Massey (6-5, 235 lbs.) from Cleveland St. Ignatius. He's the brother of Wolverine Pat Massey. Mike attended the Wis. game last fall. He had injury problems his junior season, but made 81 tackles and nine sacks. Massey is a consensus top-ten Ohio junior.

4. Defensive back Ted Ginn (U.S. Army Combine stats: 6-2, 187 lbs., 28.0 vertical jump, 4.40 in the 40, 4.17 in the shuttle, 28-inch vertical jump) from Cleveland, Ohio, Glenville. At the combine we took notice that Tedd is growing fast (although he still has the baby-face of a 9th grader!). Ted's father, the Glenville Head Coach, told us that Ted has grown up loving OSU and U-M ... but in Ohio the conventional wisdom is that he will pick the Buckeyes, maybe early. Ginn is a consensus top-four Ohio junior, and the state's top junior defensive back.

Ted Ginn

Ted Ginn D's up Blue Chip Junior Wideout Fred Davis from Toledo


Looking ahead, next week we will bring you profiles on "The Detroit MacKenzie kids" who were in attendance at Crisler arena at the recent U-M/MSU basketball game, "The Detroit Cass Tech kids" who were at Crisler arena at the recent U-M/Iowa game, plus a Crocket prospect who was at the Iowa game as well.

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