Top 10 Football Recruit Classes: No. 5 Michigan
For the next two months, SchoolSports.com will rank the Top 10 recruiting classes for the Class of 2004, spotlighting a different college each week. To recap, we ranked USC at No. 1, Miami at No. 2, LSU at No. 3 and Oklahoma at No. 4. Now it's on to No. 5.
No. 5 Michigan
The Michigan football program has consistently brought in one of the nation's top recruiting classes under Lloyd Carr and this year was no different.
The Wolverines snagged six Top 100 football recruits from the Class of 2004 led by West Lawn Wilson High (Pa.) QB Chad Henne.
Henne, who's rated the No. 7 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com, capped off his high school career with a solid senior season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder passed for 1,743 yards, 19 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He finished his career with over 7,000 yards passing, becoming only the third player from Pennsylvania to do so in a state that's produced the likes of Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly.
Michigan didn't stop with Henne in terms of offensive recruits, adding Top 100 performers such as Park Hill South High (Mo.) OL Brett Gallimore and Washington High (Iowa) WR Adrian Arrington.
Gallimore is one of the top linemen in the country and is rated the No. 45 overall recruit in the nation by SchoolSports.com. He's an excellent run blocker who excels at the pancake block.
Arrington, meanwhile, is a top pass-catching threat. This past fall, he was the top receiver in Iowa's Class 4A with 57 catches for 908 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder is the nation's No. 78 overall recruit.
Gonzaga High (D.C.) WR/DB Doug Dutch can be added to the offensive mix as well. Rated the No. 67 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com, Dutch is a threat at a number of positions. At wide receiver, Dutch caught 22 passes for 320 yards and seven touchdowns. As a defensive back, he recorded 45 tackles and six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He's also one of the nation's top return men.
The Wolverines added one of the nation's top defensive recruits in Thornton High (Ill.) DL Tim Jamison. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder was named the SICA Gray Conference MVP and earned a spot on the Chicago Tribune All-State first team after racking up 18 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, three blocked kicks and 12 batted down passes this past fall. He's rated the No. 50 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com.
Rounding out the Top 100 recruits for the Wolverines is North Allegheny High (Pa.) TE Chris Rogers, who's rated the nation's No. 83 recruit. Rogers was named to the Quad-North All-Conference first team at tight end his senior season despite battling injuries. He caught four passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. He's also considered a top defensive lineman and was named to the AP All-State second team at the position after recording 22 tackles, four sacks, three tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
Other top recruits who signed with Michigan include: Onondaga Central High (N.Y.) RB Mike Hart, who finished high school with national career records of 1,240 points, 203 touchdowns and 42 consecutive 100-yard games and is second nationally with 11,052 career rushing yards; Bob Jones High (Ala.) RB Max Martin, who rushed for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns last season; Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep (Mich.) WR/DB Morgan Trent, who racked up 21 tackles and a team-high six interceptions despite playing with a broken hand; and Crockett High (Mich.) LB John Thompson, who was named to the All-State Dream Team after making 141 tackles (95 solo), 12 sacks, 17 forced fumbles and eight interceptions, returning five for touchdowns.
Check back in next week as SchoolSports.com unveils the No. 6 football recruiting class in the Class of 2004.