Wolverines Ink 19 Individuals to National Letters of Intent

Comments from Coach Lloyd Carr

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 1) the signing of 19 high school seniors to binding Letters of Intent during the first day of the signing period. The announcement was made during a press conference held in the Michigan Sports Television production studio at 1 p.m. EST.

The Wolverines' recruiting class consists of players from 13 different states, including four from the state of Michigan, three student-athletes from Ohio and two from Georgia. U-M gained at least one player at every single position group.

Addendum (4:45 p.m. EST): Carr announced the addition of kicker Bryan Wright (Salem, Ohio/Salem HS) to the Wolverines' recruiting class, bringing the total to 19.

2006 University of Michigan Football Signees
(As of 5 p.m. EST, Feb. 1, 2006)

Name Pos.  Ht.    Wt.    Hometown (High School) HS Coach
Greg Banks Jr. DE 6-6 245 Denver, Col. (Montbello) Oliver Lucas
Justin Boren OL 6-4 305 Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North) Tim Bahen
Carlos Brown RB 6-0 195 Franklin, Ga. (Heard County) Tim Barron
Stevie Brown DB 6-0 195 Columbus, Ind. (Columbus East) Bob Gaddis
David Cone QB 6-6 205 Statesboro, Ga. (Statesboro) Steve Pennington
Perry Dorrestein OL 6-7 300 Plainfield, Ill. (Plainfield Central) John Jackson
Obinna Ezeh LB/FB 6-2 213 Grand Rapids, Mich. (Catholic Central) Tom Passinault
John Ferrara DT 6-5 265 Staten Island, N.Y. (Monsignor Farrell) Ben Sarullo
Brandon Graham LB 6-2 240 Detroit, Mich. (Crockett Technical) Rod Oden
Jason Kates DT 6-4 325 Harrisburg, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt) Jeff Weachter
Greg Mathews WR 6-3 180 Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater) Bill Gierke
Brandon Minor RB 6-0 215 Richmond, Va. (Varina) Gary Chilcoat
Cobrani Mixon LB 6-2 206 Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain) Kerry Coombs
Jonas Mouton DB 6-2 212 Los Angeles, Calif. (Venice) Angelo Gasca
Quintin Patilla LB 6-2 205 Flint, Mich. (Carman-Ainsworth) Jerry Parker
Adam Patterson DE 6-3 260 Columbia, S.C. (Richland Northeast) Jay Frye
Stephen Schilling OL 6-5 285 Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue) Butch Goncharoff
Quintin Woods TE 6-6 220 Flint, Mich. (Flint Southwestern Academy) Gary Lee
Bryan Wright K 6-1 200 Salem, Ohio (Salem) Doug Phillips

Defensive End: Greg Banks, Adam Patterson
Defensive Tackle: John Ferrera, Jason Kates
Linebacker: Brandon Graham, Cobrani Mixon, Quintin Patilla
Defensive Back: Stevie Brown, Jonas Mouton
Offensive Line: Justin Boren, Perry Dorrestein, Stephen Schilling
Running Backs: Obinna Ezeh, Brandon Minor, Carlos Brown
Quarterback: David Cone
Wide Receiver: Greg Mathews
Tight End: Quintin Woods
Kicker: Bryan Wright

California: Jonas Mouton
Colorado: Greg Banks
Florida: Greg Mathews
Georgia: Carlos Brown, David Cone
Illinois: Perry Dorrestein
Indiana: Stevie Brown
Michigan: Obinna Ezeh, Brandon Graham, Quintin Patilla, Quintin Woods
New York: John Ferrara
Ohio: Justin Boren, Cobrani Mixon, Bryan Wright
Pennsylvania: Jason Kates
South Carolina: Adam Patterson
Virginia: Brandon Minor
Washington: Stephen Schilling


Offensive lineman Justin Boren and running back Carlos Brown graduated from high school in December and have already enrolled at the University of Michigan.

Linebacker Brandon Graham was selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Michigan.

Graham and defensive back Jonas Mouton were named to the 2005 All-USA high school All-America first team by USA Today. Offensive lineman Steve Schilling earned second-team All-USA honors from the newspaper.

Graham and Schilling were selected to the EA Sports High School All-America first team, with Boren receiving a second-team nod.

Five signees were selected to the annual Parade Magazine All-America team: Boren, Carlos Brown, Graham, Schilling and wide receiver Greg Mathews.

Boren, Graham, Mouton, Schilling and defensive back Stevie Brown participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

A total of nine student-athletes rated among the top 100 players nationally according to Tom Lemming: Graham (14), Mouton (19), Schilling (40), Boren (66), running back Brandon Minor (73), defensive end Adam Patterson (81), Carlos Brown (85), Stevie Brown (99) and Mathews (100).

Graham was the top-ranked player in the state of Michigan according to Rivals.com. Three other recruits -- Carlos Brown (Georgia), Stevie Brown (Indiana) and Schilling (Washington) -- were rated as the second-best player in their respective states.

Boren (center) and Minor (fullback) are the top-rated players at their position nationally according to Rivals.com. Schilling and Graham were the second-highest rated players at their respective positions.

Graham (15), Schilling (26), Carlos Brown (39), Boren (64) and Mathews (93) are listed among the top 100 players nationally by Rivals.com.

A total of 10 recruits attended the Michigan Summer Football Camp: Boren, Stevie Brown, quarterback David Cone, offensive lineman Perry Dorrestein, linebacker/fullback Obinna Ezeh, Graham, Mathews, linebacker Cobrani Mixon, linebacker Quintin Patilla and defensive end Adam Patterson.

Media Contacts: David Ablauf, Jim Schneider (734) 763-4423

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