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Feb. 1, 2012

Student-Athletes Enrolled at Michigan in January

Joe Bolden
Linebacker • 6-2 • 225 • Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain)
Prep ... attended Colerain High School (2011) coached by his uncle Tom Bolden ... Key Statistics ... Totaled 86 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and one interception returned for a touchdown as a senior ... tallied 93 tackles, 17 for a loss, four sacks and two interceptions as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... participated in the Under Armour All-America Game and was chosen as captain ... Rivals.com four-star prospect, the No. 7 outside linebacker, the No. 7 Ohio prospect and the 111th overall prospect ... four-star prospect and the No. 4 outside linebacker in the nation according to Scout.com ... four-star recruit, the nation's No. 142 overall prospect, No. 5 inside linebacker prospect and No. 5 Ohio prospect according to ESPN.com ... selected to the All-Ohio Football first team as a senior (2011) ... was three-time all-conference first-team choice ... also was all-academic choice in football and baseball ... Other Sports ... earned three letters in baseball.
Personal ... Joseph Daniel Bolden was born August 19, 1993 ... father, Dan, played football at Hanover College.

Kaleb Ringer
Linebacker • 6-0 • 219 • Clayton, Ohio (Northmont Senior)
Prep ... attended Northmont High School (2011) coached by Lance Schneider ... Key Statistics ... totaled 59 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup in five games as a senior ... missed four games as a senior due to injury ... Honors and Rankings ... was named All-Southwest Ohio and received scholar-athlete award ... three-star prospect and the No. 17 inside linebacker in the nation according to Rivals.com ... three-star prospect and the No. 33 middle linebacker in the country according to Scout.com ... three-star recruit and the No. 23 inside linebacker in the nation on ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... three-time letterman in track and field.
Personal ... Kaleb Ringer was born February 19, 1994 ... brother, Korey, played football at Indiana, while father, Kevin, played football at Iowa ... uncle, Javon, played for Michigan State and plays for Tennessee Titans .. cousin, Jerell, played football at Akron.

Jarrod Wilson
Defensive Back • 6-2 • 190 • Akron, Ohio (Akron Buchtel)
Prep ... attended Akron Buchtel High School (2011) coached by former Michigan running back Ricky Powers ... earned a 3.2 GPA and was member of the honor roll ... Key Statistics ... made 71 tackles and intercepted three passes, one of which he returned for a score, and blocked a punt as a senior ... recorded 52 tackles and hauled in 10 interceptions and returned five for touchdowns, while scooping up one fumble recovery and returning it 98 yards for a touchdown as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... was all-state first-team ... rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 12 safety in the nation according to Rivals.com ... a four-star recruit and the 19th-ranked safety nationally on Scout.com ... rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 13 safety in the country and the No. 9 recruit in the state of Ohio according to ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... also lettered in basketball.
Personal ... Jarrod Wilson was born February 9, 1994 ... uncle, Dave Young, played at Purdue University and for Baltimore Colts.

Student-Athletes Who Signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday (Feb. 1)

Blake Bars
Offensive Lineman • 6-5 • 275 • Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell Academy)
Prep ... attended Montgomery Bell Academy (2012) coached by Marty Euverard ... Key Statistics ... recorded 54 pancake blocks as a senior ... Honors and Rankings ... four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and a three-star prospect by Scout.com and ESPN.com ... listed as the No. 37 offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com ... rated the No. 54 offensive tackle nationally and as the eighth-best prospect in the state of Tennessee by ESPN.com ... selected to Tennessee all-state first team ... invited to four postseason bowl games: the 2012 International Bowl, Tennessee East - West All-Star Game, Offense/Defense All-American Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Other Sports ... earned three letters in track and field in shot put and discus.
Personal ... Blake Christopher Bars was born September 25, 1993 ... earned several high school academic honors: Headmaster's List, National Gold Medal Latin Award, Scholastic Art Award, Wallace Scholar Award for Outstanding Student ... father, Joe, played linebacker at Notre Dame (1981-84), while uncle, Mike, played football and hockey at Notre Dame ... is brother of Penn State junior/sophomore defensive end Brad Bars ... grandparents attended Michigan, while grandfather, Douglas Eggleston, played football at U-M.

Ben Braden
Offensive Lineman • 6-6 • 319 • Rockford, Mich. (Rockford)
Prep ... attended Rockford High School (2012) coached by Ralph Munger ... lettered three years (2009-11) ... two-year starter at right tackle (2010-11) ... lead team to an 11-2 record as a senior (2011) ... Key Statistics ... lead a Rockford ground attack that averaged 221.8 yards per game as a senior ... Honors and Rankings ... AP Michigan all-state first team as a senior ... garnered Dream Team honors from the Detroit Free Press named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's No. 40 offensive tackle by Scout.com ... a three-star recruit and listed as the No. 8 prospect in Michigan according to Rivals.com ... rated a three-star prospect, and the No. 7 prospect in Michigan according to ESPN.com.
Personal ... Ben Braden was born on March 9, 1994.

Jehu Chesson
Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 182 • St. Louis, Mo. (Ladue Horton Watkins)
Prep ... attended Ladue Horton Watkins (2012) coached by Mike Tarpey ... Key Statistics ... hauled in 53 catches for 757 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... caught 53 passes for 605 yards and 11 total touchdowns as a junior ... reeled in 23 receptions for 402 yards and four scores as a sophomore ... Honors and Rankings ... rated a three-star prospect and the No. 11 recruit in Missouri by Rivals.com ... listed as a three-star prospect and the No. 82 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com ... rated a three-star recruit, the No. 58 wide receiver in the country and the No. 7 prospect in Missouri by ESPN.com.
Personal ... Jehu Chesson was born on December 29, 1993.

Jeremy Clark
Defensive Back • 6-4 • 205 • Madisonville, Ky. (Madisonville North Hopkins)
Prep ... attended Madisonville North Hopkins High School (2012) coached by Will Weaver ... ran 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds ... Key Statistics ... recorded 70 tackles, 15 pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and four defensive touchdowns as a senior ... compiled 75 tackles, eight pass breakups and three interceptions as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... was named to Kentucky Bluegrass all-star team and was all-state first-team choice ... rated a three-star recruit and the No. 6 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com ... a three-star prospect according to Scout.com ... rated a three-star recruit, the No. 52 safety nationally and the No. 6 prospect in Kentucky by ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... also lettered twice in track and field ... was named MVP.
Personal ... Jeremy Clark was born June 29, 1994 ... grandfather, William McFarland, played football at Oklahoma State.

Amara Darboh
Wide Receiver • 6-2 • 195 • West Des Moines, Iowa (Dowling Catholic)
Prep ... attended Dowling Catholic High School (2012) coached by Tom Wilson ... Key Statistics ... garnered 765 yards and 11 scores on 48 catches as a senior ... tallied six touchdowns to go along with his 646 yards on 49 catches as a junior ... caught 25 passes for 371 yards and a score in his sophomore season ... Honors and Rankings ... Des Moines Sunday Register Elite all-state team as a senior (2011) ... rated as a four-star recruit and the 215th-ranked prospect nationally by Rivals.com ... a four-star prospect and the No. 32 wide receiver in the nation according to Scout.com ... rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 1 prospect in Iowa according to ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... was all-conference choice in basketball.
Personal ... Amara Darboh was born on February 1, 1994.

Devin Funchess
Tight End • 6-5 • 205 • Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison)
Prep ... attended Farmington Hills Harrison High School (2012) coached by John Herrington ... helped lead team to the Michigan Division II state title as a junior ... high school teammates with fellow recruit Mario Ojemudia ... Key Statistics ... tallied 21 receptions for 452 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... recorded three sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and three pass break-ups in 2011 ... caught 34 passes for 709 yards and five touchdowns as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... rated as a three-star recruit, the No. 14 tight end nationally and the No. 9 prospect in Michigan according to Rivals.com ... listed as a four-star recruit and the eighth-ranked tight end nationally by Scout.com ... rated a four-star prospect, the No. 5 tight end in the country and the No. 3 prospect in Michigan according to ESPN.com.
Personal ... Devin Funchess was born on May 21, 1994.

Allen Gant
Defensive Back • 6-2 • 210 • Sylvania, Ohio (Southview)
Prep ... attended Sylvania Southview High School (2012) coached by Jim Mayzes ... ran 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds ... Key Statistics ... notched 79 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one interception, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles as a senior ... also rushed for 106 yards on 12 carries and caught 24 passes for 419 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season ... compiled 56 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles as a junior ... offensively, caught 20 passes and scored a touchdown as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... was all-state, all-league and all-district choice ... a three-star prospect and the No. 45 safety in the nation according to Rivals.com ... rated as a three-star prospect and the 30th-ranked safety nationally on Scout.com ... listed as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... was all-league and all-district choice in basketball and won shot put, discus and part of 4x1 relay team in league competition.
Personal ... Allen Trail Gant was born October 6, 1993 ... father, Tony, played safety at the University of Michigan from 1982-1986.

Matthew Godin
Defensive Tackle • 6-6 • 270 • Novi, Mich. (Catholic Central)
Prep ... attended Detroit Catholic Central (2012) coached by Tom Mach ... helped lead team to a 12-2 record and the Michigan Division I state title game as a senior ... Key Statistics ... recorded 70 tackles, including 18 stops for loss and nine sacks as a senior ... tallied 66 tackles, 28 for loss, two sacks and one pass breakup as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... Associated Press Michigan all-state first team as a senior ... named to the 2011 Detroit Free Press Dream Team ... named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... rated as a three-star recruit, the No. 26 defensive tackle and the No. 10 prospect in Michigan according to Rivals.com ... a three-star prospect and the 31st-ranked defensive tackle on Scout.com ... rated as a three-star recruit, the No. 32 defensive tackle nationally and the eighth-ranked prospect in Michigan according to ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... was three-year letterman in track and field.
Personal ... Matthew Godin was born September 30, 1993 ... father, Kevin, brother, Jonathan and sister, Jackie, attended U-M.

Willie Henry
Defensive Tackle • 6-2 • 270 • Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
Prep ... attended Glenville High School (2012) coached by Ted Ginn Sr. ... Key Statistics ... garnered 10 sacks as a senior ... Honors and Rankings ... a three-star recruit and the No. 38 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 59 player in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com ... rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... also played basketball at Glenville.
Personal ... former high school teammate of current Michigan football player Frank Clark.

Sione Houma
Fullback • 6-0 • 211 • Salt Lake City, Utah (Highland)
Prep ... attended Highland High School (2012) coached by Brodie Benson ... ran 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds ... Key Statistics ... carried the ball 93 times for 790 yards and eight touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score as a senior ... rushed for 1,211 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... selected to ESPN All-Utah Football Team as a senior ... member of Desert News all-state first team as a junior ... rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 5 fullback in the nation according to Rivals.com ... a three-star prospect and the sixth-ranked fullback nationally by Scout.com ... rated as the No. 4 fullback in the country by ESPN.com.
Personal ... Sione Houma was born on June 21, 1994.

Royce Jenkins-Stone
Linebacker • 6-2 • 215 • Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical)
Prep ... attended Cass Technical High School (2012) coached by Tom Wilcher ... helped lead team to the Michigan Division I state title as a senior ... high school teammate of fellow recruit Terry Richardson ... Key Statistics ... tallied 145 tackles and five sacks as a senior while rushing for 12 touchdowns ... recorded 90 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... participated in the U.S. Army All-American game as a senior ... named to the ESPN High School Football All-American first team as a senior ... named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... named to the 2011 Detroit Free Press Dream Team ... rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 4 recruit from Michigan and the ninth-ranked inside linebacker in the nation according to Rivals.com ... a four-star prospect and the No. 2 middle linebacker nationally according to Scout.com ... rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 113 national prospect, No. 9 outside linebacker and the second-ranked player in Michigan according to ESPN.com.
Personal ... Royce Jenkins-Stone was born on August 9, 1994.

Drake Johnson
Running Back • 6-1 • 205 • Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pioneer)
Prep ... attended Ann Arbor Pioneer High School (2012) coached by Paul Test ... Key Statistics ... rushed for 2,805 yards and 37 touchdowns on 343 carries as a senior ... finished 95 yards shy of Michigan state rushing record ... also caught five passes for 83 yards and a touchdown as a senior ... Honors and Rankings ... selected to participate in the 2012 MHSFCA East-West All-Star Game ... unanimous selection to the 2011 Associated Press All-State team ... named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... named to the 2011 Detroit Free Press Dream Team ... rated a three-star recruit and the No. 21 prospect from Michigan by Rivals.com ... rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com and a two-star prospect according to ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... also lettered in track all four years ... was All-America in 110-meter high hurdles and won two state titles in the event ... won two indoor state titles in 60-meter HH ... was all-state choice ... was anchor on national championship shuttle hurdle team as junior.
Personal ... Drake Johnson was born March 8, 1994 ... father, Michael, and mother, Pamela St. John, both attended Michigan, and Pamela is Michigan's cheerleading coach ... brother, Carter, runs track at Eastern Michigan.

Kyle Kalis
Offensive Lineman • 6-5 • 302 • Lakewood, Ohio (Saint Edward)
Prep ... attended Saint Edward High School (2012) coached by Rick Finotti ... helped lead his team to a
Ohio state title as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... named to the U.S. Army All-American game as a senior ... named to the 2012 Parade Magazine All-American team as a senior ... finalist for the U.S. Army Player of the Year as a senior ... rated as a five-star recruit, the No. 1 prospect from Ohio and the No. 4-ranked offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated a five-star recruit and the No. 6 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com ... rated as a four-star recruit, No. 132 nationally, No. 10 offensive guard and the No. 4 prospect from Ohio by ESPN.com.
Personal ... Kyle Kalis was born on December 21, 1993.

Erik Magnuson
Offensive Lineman • 6-6 • 275 • Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon)
Prep ... attended La Costa Canyon High School (2012) coached by Sean Sovacool ... three-year starter at tackle (2009-11) ... Key Statistics ... garnered 69 pancake blocks as a senior ... Honors and Rankings ... named to the U.S. Army All-American game as a senior ... was two-time all-state, two-time all-county and two-time All-Academic choice ... rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 8 prospect from California and the No. 10 offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com ... rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 15 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com ... rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 27 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 31 player in California by ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... earned three letters in basketball.
Personal ... Erik Magnuson was born on January 5, 1994.

Dennis Norfleet
Running Back • 5-7 • 170 • Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)
Prep ... attended Martin Luther King High School (2012) coached by Dale Harvell ... Key Statistics ... rushed for 2,033 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior in 2011 ... Ran for 1,880 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2010 ... Honors and Rankings ... Associated Press Michigan all-state first team in 2010 and 2011 ... named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team as a senior ... rated a four-star recruit and the No. 19 running back in the nation by Scout.com ... rated as a four-star recruit, the fifth-best all-purpose back and No. 6 player in Michigan by Rivals.com ... rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 26 player in Michigan by ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... also lettered in basketball and track and field.
Personal ... Dennis Norfleet was born on February 8, 1993.

Mario Ojemudia
Defensive End • 6-3 • 215 • Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison)
Prep ... attended Harrison High School (2012) coached by John Herrington ... helped lead team to Michigan Division II state title as a junior ... ran 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds ... was high school teammate of fellow recruit Devin Funchess ... Key Statistics ... recorded 80 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt as a senior ... tallied 127 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... named Associated Press Michigan all-state first team choice as a senior ... named as the top prospect on the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team as junior and senior ... chosen to Semper Fidelis All-American team ... rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 12 player in the state by Rivals.com ... rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 20 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com ... rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 23 defensive end nationally and the No. 5 prospect from Michigan by ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... also lettered in track and field.
Personal ... Mario Ojemudia was born on May 30, 1994.

Ondre Pipkins
Defensive Tackle • 6-3 • 325 • Kansas City, Mo. (Park Hill)
Prep ... attended Park Hill High School (2012) coached by Greg Reynolds ... ran 40-yard dash in 4.90 seconds ... Key Statistics ... tallied 60 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, six forced fumbles and three pass deflections as a senior ... garnered 50 tackles with three sacks as a junior ... Honors and Rankings ... named to the U.S. Army All-American game as a senior ... rated as a five-star recruit, the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 2 Missouri prospect by Rivals.com ... rated a four-star recruit and the No. 7 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 16 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 5 Missouri prospect by ESPN.com.
Personal ... Ondre Pipkins was born on February 25, 1994.

Terry Richardson
Defensive Back • 5-9 • 160 • Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical)
Prep ... attended Cass Tech High School (2012) coached by Tom Wilcher ... led team to Michigan Division I state title as a senior ... ran 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds ... high school teammate of fellow recruit Royce Jenkins-Stone ... Key Statistics ... garnered 49 tackles and seven pass breakups as a senior ... grabbed 24 receptions for 425 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... tallied 35 tackles and 12 interceptions as a junior ... caught 12 passes for 400 yards and five scores as a junior ... recorded four interceptions, 16 pass breakups and 20 tackles as a sophomore ... Honors and Rankings ... selected as an ESPN All-American second team member as a senior ... participated in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game as a senior ... named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... named to the 2011 Detroit Free Press Dream Team ... rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 5 prospect from Michigan by Rivals.com ... rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 14-ranked cornerback in the nation by Scout.com ... rated a four-star recruit, the No. 68 player in the country, the No. 1 player in Michigan and the No. 4 cornerback in the country by ESPN.com.

James Ross
Linebacker • 6-0 • 209 • Orchard Lake, Mich. (Saint Mary's Prep)
Prep ... attended Saint Mary's Preparatory School (2012) coached by George Porritt ... helped his team win the Michigan Division III state title as a senior ... Key Statistics ... amassed 151 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one touchdown reception as a senior ... recorded 103 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and an interception as a sophomore ... Honors and Rankings ... named to the U.S. Army All-American game as a senior ... named to RivalsHigh 2011 All-American team ... named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List as a senior ... named to the 2011 Detroit Free Press Dream Team ... rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 3 recruit from Michigan and the No. 14 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 7 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com ... rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 8 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 4 prospect from Michigan by ESPN.com.
Personal ... James Ross was born on June 26, 1994.

Tom Strobel
Defensive End • 6-6 • 245 • Mentor, Ohio (Mentor)
Prep ... attended Mentor High School (2012) coached by Steve Trivisonno ... Key Statistics ... tallied 55 tackles, 11.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 33 quarterback hurries as a senior ... recorded 37 tackles, including five for a loss, two sacks and recovered two fumbles as a junior ... made 47 tackles, including 10 for a loss, and seven sacks as a sophomore ... Honors and Rankings ... was first-team All-Ohio ... rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 16 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 12 defensive end in the country by Scout.com ... rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 61 defensive end in the country by ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... was two-time letterman in basketball.
Personal ... Thomas Strobel was born November 19, 1993.

A.J. Williams
Tight End • 6-6 • 260 • Cincinnati, Ohio (Sycamore)
Prep ... attended Sycamore High School (2012) coached by Scott Dattilo ... Key Statistics ... did not catch a pass as a senior, but his blocking helped Sycamore average 297.8 rushing yards per game ... Honors and Rankings ... rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 22 tight end in the country by Rivals.com ... rated as a four-star recruit by Scout.com ... rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 36 tight end in the country by ESPN.com.
Personal ... A.J. Williams was born on March 23, 1994.

Christopher Wormley
Defensive End • 6-4 • 255 • Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer)
Prep ... attended Toledo Whitmer High School (2012) coached by Joe Palka ... Key Statistics ... compiled 66 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup as a senior ... tallied 60 tackles and 12 sacks as a sophomore ... Honors and Rankings ... named AP Division I All-Ohio first-team and co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... rated as a three-star recruit and the No. 21 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as a four-star recruit by Scout.com ... rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 17 defensive end in the country and the No. 6 Ohio recruit in the country by ESPN.com ... Other Sports ... was four-time letterman in basketball and track and field.
Personal ... Christopher Keith Wormley was born October 25, 1993.


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