Michigan Victory Helps Recruiting

Toledo's 13-10 victory over the Michigan Wolverines was arguably the biggest victory in Rocket football history. It rates right up there with 2000's 24-6 victory over Penn State in Happy Valley. The victory has given players, coaches, students, UT faculty, UT alumni, and other fans a fresh sense of pride. But what are high school football players saying about it?

Toledo's 13-10 victory over the Michigan Wolverines was arguably the biggest victory in Rocket football history. It rates right up there with 2000's 24-6 victory over Penn State in Happy Valley.

The victory has given players, coaches, students, UT faculty, UT alumni, and other fans a fresh sense of pride. Outsiders to the program have been congratulating Rocket players, coaches, and fans ever since the game. The media has been give the Rockets their props. Other coaches have been calling Tom Amstutz around the clock.

But there is also something else this win has done for Toledo. It's given recruiting a boost.

On Monday Toledo coaches received a commitment from athlete Eric Page from Springfield, OH. Page is a 5-10 and 165 pound quarterback for Springfield High School. Last season he rushed for 2,039 yards and 23 touchdowns and passed for 1,137 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He has already thrown for 973 yards and rushed for 1,852 yards this season, with 27 total touchdowns.

Page told the Toledo Blade that he had already made up his mind before the Michigan game, but the Rocket victory over Michigan convinced him to make the commitment right away. In fact, here is an excerpt from the Toledo Blade with Eric's quotes about UT beating Michigan:

"That helped," Page said. "But I had made my mind up before then. That just made me want to go there even more."

Page is not the only Toledo Rocket football prospect that was impressed by the victory. Marjarvin Chapman, a 300 pound defensive tackle from the state of Mississippi, told Rocket Digest last night that he was impressed with the win. "I saw the win (over Michigan). That makes me want to go to Toledo even more," Chapman said. "They played good and played uninimidated and I love that about them."

Chapman lists Toledo, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Clemson, UAB, Memphis, and Stillman College as his favorites. He plans on using one of his five official visits to Toledo after his high school season is over.

Eric Duale is a kicker from Highland High School in Akron, OH. He told Rocket Digest the following this evening. "Honestly I watched every minute of that game (Toledo vs Michigan)! I couldn't take my eyes off of the TV. It was a great game! After that win it just makes me want to play there so much more," Eric concluded.

Eric has not received an offer yet from Toledo, but is hearing from the Rockets. He's also being recruited by Kent State and had a visit at school yesterday from one of Kent State's coaches, who told him they would be making a decision on whether or not to offer him a scholarship soon.

He has a long field goal made this year of 50 yards, and has 20 touchbacks so far on the season.

Shamari Benton is a three star safety prospect from Brother Rice High School in Michigan. He has offers from Toledo, West Virginia, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Akron, and Eastern Michigan.

"It (Toledo's win over Michigan) was real big," Shamari told Rocket Digest this evening. "It was real big for the MAC as well. The MAC is overshadowed by the Big Ten a lot and these kind of wins are big for them."

Shamari has been keeping in contact with Toledo coaches and spoke to his recruiter from Toledo about the Michigan game last week. "I talked to Coach Lupfer about a week before the game (UT vs UM) and he said they were going to be ready to play," Benton said. "I had a feeling they were going to win. They didn't play so well the game I was there (Ball State), but I knew they were a great team."

Benton has not named any favorites in the recruiting process, but he has already visited Toledo on an unofficial visit and hopes to visit Central Michigan on another unofficial visit this weekend and then take another unofficial to Bowling Green sometime after that.

This is just a sample of a few prospects, but it shows that Toledo's win over Michigan has caught the eye of a lot of high school football players.



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