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Verbal Commitments

Commitments: 19

Jake Frysinger Kurt Anderson Bill Seymour
Jason BrooksBen MastAdam Adkins
Ray JacksonDemetrius SmithTodd Mossa
William PetersonMaurice WilliamsJames Whitley
Patrick McCallAnthony JordanShawn Thompson
DeWayne PatmonAnthony ThomasEric Rosel
Eric Brackins

Commitments by Position
QB: 0RB: 3FB: 1TE: 1WR: 0OL: 4
DL: 3LB: 3DB: 4P: 0K: 0

  • Kurt Anderson, LB/TE/OL, Glenview, Ill. 6'5", 225 lbs, 4.8 40. Kurt is the younger brother of Michigan Butkus Award winner Erick Anderson. He is one of the top prospects in Illinois this year; he set a school record for solo tackles as a junior and broke his brother's record for total tackles in a career. Followed it up by having a great senior season, making 142 tackles, with 6 sacks and 2 interceptions; he is considered an All-American by several recruiting services.
  • Bill Seymour, DE, Mishawaka Penn, Indiana. 6'4", 220 lbs, 4.7 40. Considered one of the top DE prospects in the midwest; named to several preseason all-midwest defensive teams. Also punted, averaging over 41 yards/kick. Missed the early part of the season with a bout of mononucleosis and a separated shoulder, but recovered and finished the season strong, making 70 tackles and 8 sacks. Played well in the state playoffs, leading his team to its second consecutive state championship.
  • Jason Brooks, OL, Cleveland, Ohio. 6'4", 270 lbs, 5.1 40. Brooks is from an outstanding high school program in Cleveland St. Ignatius, which has won the last two state championships in Ohio. Brooks is the top OL prospect in Ohio, and one of the top 5-10 OL prospects in the nation, as well as a top 100 overall player. Rated the top prospect in Ohio, and the top lineman in the nation by the NRA, with a rating of 6.1 ("franchise player"). Brooks graded out at over 90% in his blocking assignments as a senior despite suffering a leg injury early in the season. Despite rumors to the contrary, never wavered on his commitment; he visited Colorado only to be sure that he had a school that he could compare with Michigan.
  • Ben Mast, OL, Massillon, Ohio. 6'5", 275 lbs, 5.0 40. Mast is another top OL prospect from Ohio, and is considered by many to be the best prospect out of traditional power Massillon in several years. He is considered one of the top OL's in the midwest, and was recruited heavily by schools througout the nation. Ranked as one of the top 10 linemen in the nation, and as one of the top 100 overall players by several recruiting services. Mast's other in an OSU grad, but he has always been a fan of Michigan.
  • Adam Adkins, OL, Troy, Michigan. 6'3", 265 lbs, 5.1 40. Adkins has been described as a dominant player from yet another traditionally strong football program. He has played on both sides of the ball in high school, but projects to be a center in college. He is generally considered to be one of the top two OL prospects in Michigan. Adkins is also the top-rated heavyweight wrestler in Michigan.
  • Ray Jackson, RB, Indianapolis, Indiana. 6'2", 225 lbs, 4.6 40. Jackson is one of the top prospects in Indiana, and is a big, bruising back who could play either TB or FB. He is a power runner who is difficult to knock down and is a good receiver out of the backfield. Jackson rushed for over 1000 yards as a sophomore and just under 1000 yards as a junior, averaging nearly 7 yards a carry. Rated at 5.7 out of 6.1 by the NRA. The coaches honored his scholarship offer despite possible legal troubles; the final details of the case (reportedly credit card fraud), however, are pending.
  • Demetrius Smith, FB, Oak Lawn, Illinois. 6'2", 270 lbs, 4.7 40. Smith is one of the top prospects in Illinois and the Midwest, and is ranked nationally at both the FB and DL positions. He is expected to challenge for playing time at FB as a freshman. Ranked as one of the top players in the nation in the NRA's preseason publication. Outstanding athlete who has returned kicks for his team. Smith reportedly has very little body fat despite his 270 lbs. Played his entire senior year despite a torn ACL, and still managed to rush for 417 yards and 6 TD's in a tailback dominated offense; on defense, made 92 tackles and 7 sacks. Has had knee surgery and is expected to recover completely.
  • Todd Mossa, OT, Darien, CT. 6'3", 285 lbs, 4.9 40. Mossa is one of, if not the, top offensive guard prospects in the nation. He was rated the number 1 overall OL prospect by SuperPrep in the preseason, and was a post-season All-American on most recruiting lists. Led his high school to the state championship, and graded out at over 90% in his blocking assignments as a senior. In addition to football, Mossa plays goalie for his lacrosse team. He is a tremendous drive blocker with great feet who was also recruited by Penn St., Syracuse, and Boston College.
  • William Peterson, DB, Union Town, PA. 6'0", 185 lbs, 4.4 40. Peterson is a relative unknown to the recruiting lists, but is one of the top players in the WPIAL, the top football league in Pennsylvania. Part of his anonymity may be due to the fact that he has played for 4 teams in 4 years (he moved to Arizona, then back to Pennsylvania). According to a paper from his area, his stock began to rise rapidly after he ran a 4.4 40 at a summer football camp. He was also a participant of Michigan's football camp, which also offers a fair bit of encouragement, since the coaches have seen what he can do. Peterson has been primarily playing on offense this year, rushing for almost 1300 yards in only seven games.
  • Maurice Williams, OL/DL, Detroit, MI. 6'6", 275 lbs, 4.9 40. Williams is the top player in the state of Michigan and is one of the top line prospects in the nation on either side of the ball; he is one of the top 100 players in the country. Played primarily on offense this year, but was a dominant DL as a junior. He chose Michigan over MSU, Florida St., Washington, and Ohio St., and is an excellent student with a 3.5 GPA. Was rumored to have committed to Michigan in July, but did not make a final announcement until his official visit on the weekend of 12/6. Could play either OL or DL at Michigan, depending upon his preference and the needs of the team.
  • James Whitley, DB, Norfolk, VA. 6'0", 180 lbs, 4.4 40. Whitley is an outstanding prospect who is considered to be the #1 cornerback prospect in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor (rating 6.1, "franchise player"). He has great cover skills, and could play either FS or CB in college, though he projects as a lock-down cornerback. Tremendous athlete who may return kicks for Michigan; played QB and DB for his high school team, setting the team record for interceptions (19). He has qualified academically. He chose Michigan over Notre Dame, Penn St., Tennessee, and North Carolina.
  • Patrick McCall, RB, Carson, CA. 5'11", 190 lbs, 4.4 40. McCall is one of the top backs on the West Coast and in the nation. SuperPrep ranks him as the #9 RB in the country. He has tremendous acceleration, great moves, and surprising power. McCall was one of the top targets at TB for Michigan; he chose the Wolverines over USC. He is another attendee of the Michigan summer football camp, where he caught the coaches' eyes. As a senior, he rushed for over 1300 yards, averaging 7 yards per carry. He is also an outstanding defensive back.
  • Anthony Jordan, LB, Jersey City, NJ. 6'1", 215 lbs, 4.55 40. Jordan is one of the top linebacking prospects on the east coast, and was named to the AP 1st-team all-New Jersey defense. He is a prototypical "speed" backer, similar to those employed in attacking defensive schemes, who will probably play at outside linebacker in college. As a senior, Jordan made 96 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks, after making 122 tackles as a junior. He also spent some time on offense, rushing for nearly 800 yards and 11 TD's. Jordan chose Michigan over Notre Dame, Syracuse, Iowa, and Rutgers.
  • Shawn Thompson, TE/LB, Saginaw, MI. 6'4", 220 lbs, 4.7 40. Thompson is a complete sleeper from a small school in Saginaw who has not attracted much notice outside of MAC schools and Indiana. He was a surprise visit and commitment. As a LB, he made 78 solo tackles, 62 assists, and 6 sacks; as a TE, he caught 35 passes for 489 yards and 11 TD's. He will probably play TE at Michigan.
  • DeWayne Patmon, DB, San Diego, CA. 6'1", 170 lbs, 4.5 40. Patmon is a tremendous athlete who is considered on of the top safety prospects on the west coast. Made six interceptions as a senior. He has tremendous leaping ability, and projects as a free safety at Michigan. He is the cousin of former Michigan DB Alfie Burch. Patmon was recruited by many schools, but his finalists were Michigan, Texas and Notre Dame.
  • Anthony Thomas, RB, Winnfield, LA. 6'1", 225 lbs, 4.5 40. Thomas is one of the top RB prospects in the nation, and was named a USA today second-team All-American. Nearly every scouting service considers him an All-American, and he was rated at 6.1 ("franchise player") in the NRA's post-season rankings. Thomas, who has remarkable agility and quickness at 225 lbs, set the Louisiana state record for TD's scored with 106, placing him in the top 10 all-time nationally. Thomas rushed for nearly 2500 yards and 27 TD's as a senior; his coach says that Thomas was never caught from behind in his four years as a starter.
  • Eric Rosel, WR/DB, Liberal, KS. 6'4", 200 lbs, 4.5 40. Rosel is a tremendous all-around athlete with a great combination of size and speed (reportedly has run a 10.3 100, but runs consistently in the mid 10-second range); he has great hands, but has received some criticism as being more of a track star than football player (then again, Tyrone Wheatley had the same reputation in high school). He will probably be given a first shot at SS, but may prefer to play WR. He chose Michigan over Northwestern, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
  • Eric Brackins, LB, Gatlinsburg, TN. 6'3", 210 lbs, 4.6 40. Brackins is another linebacker who brings speed to the defense. He is a very intense player who also plays fullback; he won the best linebacker award at Michigan's summer camp. He is also an excellent student. Brackins chose Michigan over co-finalist North Carolina, but had also considered Tennessee, Auburn, and Iowa.

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