Wolverines Sign 23 Recruits to National Letters of Intent

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 2) the signing of 23 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.

This year's recruiting class consists of six players from the state of Michigan. The Wolverines also added four student-athletes from California and Ohio, with a total of nine states comprising the sum total of the recruiting class. U-M gained at least one player at every single position group except placekicker.

2005 University of Michigan Football Signees
(As of 1 p.m. EST, Feb. 2, 2005)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) HS Coach
Antonio Bass ATH 6-2 191 Jackson, Mich. (Jackson) Jack Fairley
Carson Butler TE 6-5 235 Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance) William Hill
Andre Criswell FB 6-2 250 Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance) William Hill
Jason Forcier QB 6-2 208 San Diego, Calif. (St. Augustine) Jerry Ralph
Eugene Germany DE 6-3 255 Pomona, Calif. (Pomona) John Capraro
Kevin Grady RB 5-11 215 Ada, Mich. (East Grand Rapids) Peter Stuursma
Brandon Harrison CB 5-11 198 Dayton, Ohio (Chaminade-Julienne) Jim Place
Brandon Logan LB 6-1 218 Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic) Bob Sphire
Mario Manningham WR 6-1 185 Warren, Ohio (Warren G. Harding) Thom McDaniels
Tim McAvoy OL 6-5 275 Bloomington, Ill. (Bloomington) Rigo Schmelzer
James McKinney DE 6-3 265 Louisville, Ky. (Central) Steve Serotte
Chris McLaurin ATH 6-4 215 Rochester Hills, Mich. (Orchard Lake St. Mary's) George Porritt
Zoltan Mesko P 6-4 225 Twinsburg, Ohio (Twinsburg) Al Hodakievic
David Moosman OL 6-5 275 Libertyville, Ill. (Libertyville) Randy Kuceyeski
Mark Ortmann OL 6-7 285 Klein, Texas (Klein) Stan LaBay
Chris Richards CB 5-11 175 Pacoima, Calif. (James Monroe) Chris Richards
LaTerryal Savoy WR 6-3 200 Mamou, La. (Mamou) Joel Deselle
Justin Schifano OL 6-5 295 Webster, N.Y. (Schroeder) Tony Bianchi
Johnny Sears CB 6-1 175 Fresno, Calif. (Edison) Tim McDonald
Mister Simpson RB 6-0 220 Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain) Kerry Combs
Marques Slocum DL 6-6 310 Philadelphia Pa. (West Philadelphia Catholic) Brian Fluck
Terrance Taylor DL 6-2 295 Muskegon, Mich. (Muskegon) Tony Annese
Cory Zirbel OL 6-7 305 Murray, Ky. (Murray) Rick Fisher

Athlete: Antonio Bass, Chris McLaurin
Cornerback: Brandon Harrison, Chris Richards, Johnny Sears
Defensive End: James McKinney, Eugene Germany
Defensive Lineman: Marques Slocum, Terrance Taylor
Fullback: Andre Criswell
Linebacker: Brandon Logan
Offensive Lineman: Tim McAvoy, David Moosman, Mark Ortmann, Justin Schifano, Cory Zirbel
Punter: Zoltan Mesko
Quarterback: Jason Forcier
Running Back: Kevin Grady, Mister Simpson
Tight End: Carson Butler
Wide Receiver: Mario Manningham, LaTerryal Savoy

California: Jason Forcier, Chris Richards, Johnny Sears, Eugene Germany
Illinois: Tim McAvoy, David Moosman
Ohio: Brandon Harrison, Mario Manningham, Zoltan Mesko, Mister Simpson
Kentucky: Brandon Logan, James McKinney, Cory Zirbel
Louisiana: LaTerryal Savoy
Michigan: Antonio Bass, Carson Butler, Andre Criswell, Kevin Grady, Chris McLaurin, Terrance Taylor
New York: Justin Schifano
Pennsylvania: Marques Slocum
Texas: Mark Ortmann


U-M swept the top three players from the state of Michigan according to rankings published by The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and Rivals.com: running back Kevin Grady (No. 1), quarterback/defensive back Antonio Bass (No. 2) and defensive lineman Terrance Taylor (No. 3).

Kevin Grady (Michigan) and offensive lineman Cory Zirbel (Kentucky) were the Gatorade Players of the Year in their respective states.

The Wolverines had a pair of USA Today High School All-America second team members: Kevin Grady and punter Zoltan Mesko.

Grady, wide receiver Mario Manningham and lineman Marques Slocum were named to the annual Parade Magazine All-America team.

Slocum and Taylor were named to the EA Sports High School All-American Football Team.

Grady (Michigan) and Zirbel (Kentucky) were the top rated players in their respective states by Rivals.com.

McKinney, Mesko and Slocum participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Six of the student-athletes are rated among the top 100 players nationally according to Tom Lemming: Kevin Grady (No. 7), Antonio Bass (No. 67), James McKinney (No. 77), Marques Slocum (No. 79), Cory Zirbel (No. 85) and Terrance Taylor (No. 86).

The Wolverines added a pair of Detroit Renaissance High School teammates in fullback Andre Criswell and tight end Carson Butler.

Defensive end Eugene Germany was a high school teammate of current Wolverine safety Keston Cheathem.

Manningham was a high school teammate of Michigan junior inside linebacker Prescott Burgess.

Chris McLaurin played at the same high school as current U-M cornerback Grant Mason and wide receiver Morgan Trent.

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

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