The 2004 Scholarship Situation

How many scholarships will Michigan have to give for the 2004 recruiting class? We analyze the situation, to provide fans with a good idea of the exact numbers.

The best method to determine the availability of scholarships for 2004 is to count the number of players on scholarship in 2004, then subtract that number from 85 (the NCAA limit). The following players will be on scholarship in 2004:

2003 Freshman (Freshman or Sophomore eligibility in 2004):

1. Prescott Burgess
2. Anton Campbell
3. Shawn Crable
4. Brandent Englemon
5. Leon Hall
6. Jerome Jackson
7. Adam Kraus
8. Jake Long
9. Quinton McCoy
10. Ryan Mundy
11. Will Paul
12. Jim Presley
13. Clayton Richard
14. Garrett Rivas
15. Pat Sharrow
16. Lamarr Woodley
17. Jeff Zuttah

Sophomore eligibility in 2004:

18. Willis Barringer
19. Tom Berishaj
20. Rondell Biggs
21. Mark Bihl
22. Steve Breaston
23. Tyler Ecker
24. Matt Gutierrez
25. David Harris
26. Larry Harrison
27. Darnell Hood
28. Mike Kolodziej
29. Kevin Murphy
30. Obianna Oluigbo
31. Pierre Rembert
32. Rueben Riley
33. Carl Tabb
34. Brian Thompson
35. Jeremy Van Alstyne

Junior eligibility in 2004:

36. Jason Avant
37. Kyle Ealey
38. Leo Henige
39. Andrew King#
40. Matt Lentz
41. Tim Massaquoi
42. Patrick Massey
43. Scott McClintock
44. Alex Ofili
45. Lawrence Reid
46. Sean Sanderson
47. Joey Sarantos
48. Ernest Shazor
49. Dan Simelis
50. Dave Spytek
51. Adam Stenavich
52. Jacob Stewart
53. Gabe Watson
54. Pierre Woods

Senior eligibility in 2004:

55. David Baas*
56. Tim Bracken*
57. Andy Christopfel*
58. Markus Curry
59. Kevin Dudley*
60. Braylon Edwards
61. Adam Finley*
62. Jim Fisher*
63. Jeff Gaston*
64. Jermaine Gonzales*
65. Marlin Jackson
66. Roy Manning*
67. David Underwood
68. Kolby Wells*

* denotes 5th-year seniors
# denotes transfer from Northwestern (may be on scholarship)

Given the NCAA limit of 85 scholarships, and 68 players to be on scholarship for 2004, Michigan will have 17 scholarships to give for the current recruiting class. In addition, the Big Ten now allows its member schools to over-sign by three scholarships. As a result, Michigan will have at least 20 scholarships to give out. It is also possible that not all of the fifth-year seniors listed above will return for their final year of eligibility. Normal attrition (for example: early entry to the NFL) may also provide additional scholarships.

As has been discussed previously on this site, there are likely two players from the above list that will receive medical exemptions, and not be counted against the 85 limit. No official announcement has been made on the status of those players yet. There have also been many rumors about Jeff Zuttah's medical condition, and Lloyd Carr has stated that he will have an announcement on the freshman at a later date. If he is unable to play, he will stay on scholarship, but not count against the 85 scholarship limit. In addition, it is not certain that snapper Andrew King is on scholarship as yet. So there are possibly four more scholarships that could become available.

This early in the process the numbers are still pretty rough. However, one should expect Michigan to sign between 20-25 recruits to the class of 2004.

For a little more on the scholarship situation, see our discussion on the premium forum.

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