Michigan Inks 20 Student-Athletes to National Letters of Intent

Feb. 2, 2011

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 2) the signing of 20 individuals to binding Letters of Intent during the first day of the signing period. The announcement was made during a press conference held in the Junge Family Champions Center at 2 p.m. EST.

The Wolverines' recruiting class consists of players from seven different states, including seven student-athletes from Ohio and six from Michigan.

2011 Michigan Football Signees
As of 2:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 2

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) Coach
Chris Barnett TE 6-5 250 Hurst, Texas (L.D. Bell) Gary Olivo
Russell Bellomy QB 6-3 178 Arlington, Texas (Martin) Bob Wager
Brennen Beyer DE 6-3 225 Canton, Mich. (Plymouth) Mike Swachuck
Greg Brown DB 5-10 180 Fremont, Ohio (Ross) Derek Kidwell
Chris Bryant OL 6-4 330 Chicago, Ill. (Simeon) Dante Culbreath
Tamani Carter DB 5-11 175 Pickerington, Ohio (Central) Jay Sharrett
Frank Clark LB 6-2 210 Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville) Ted Ginn Sr.
Blake Countess DB 5-10 175 Owings Mills, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel) Bob Milloy
Justice Hayes RB 5-10 175 Grand Blanc, Mich. (Grand Blanc Community) Joe Delaney
Keith Heitzman DE 6-3 237 Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Davidson) Brian White
Delonte Hollowell DB 5-9 170 Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical) Thomas Wilcher
Kellen Jones LB 6-1 215 Houston, Texas (St. Pius X) Jason Kimball
Jack Miller OL 6-4 268 Perrysburg, Ohio (St. John's Jesuit) Doug Pearson
Desmond Morgan LB 6-1 225 Holland, Mich. (West Ottawa) Jim Caserta
Antonio Poole LB 6-2 210 Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods) Andre Parker
Tony Posada OL 6-4 330 Tampa, Fla. (Plant) Rob Weiner
Thomas Rawls RB 5-10 220 Flint, Mich. (Flint Northern) Fred Jackson Jr.
Chris Rock DE 6-5 250 Columbus, Ohio (St. Francis DeSales) Ryan Wiggins
Raymon Taylor DB 5-10 170 Detroit, Mich. (Highland Park) Cedric Dertch
Matt Wile K 6-2 210 San Diego, Calif. (Francis Parker) John Morrison

Players by State

California (1): Matt Wile
Florida (1): Tony Posada
Illinois (1): Chris Bryant
Maryland (1): Blake Countess
Michigan (6): Brennen Beyer, Justice Hayes, Delonte Hollowell, Desmond Morgan, Thomas Rawls, Raymon Taylor
Ohio (7): Greg Brown, Tamani Carter, Frank Clark, Keith Heitzman, Jack Miller, Antonio Poole, Chris Rock
Texas (3): Chris Barnett, Russell Bellomy, Kellen Jones

Players by Position

Defensive Back (5): Greg Brown, Tamani Carter, Blake Countess, Delonte Hollowell, Raymon Taylor
Defensive End (3): Brennen Beyer, Keith Heitzman, Chris Rock
Kicker (1): Matt Wile
Linebacker (4): Frank Clark, Kellen Jones, Desmond Morgan, Antonio Poole
Offensive Line (3): Chris Bryant, Jack Miller, Tony Posada
Tight End (1): Chris Barnett
Quarterback (1): Russell Bellomy
Running Back (2): Justice Hayes, Thomas Rawls


• Six recruits were listed as four-star prospects according to Rivals.com: Chris Barnett, Brennen Beyer, Chris Bryant, Blake Countess, Justice Hayes and Raymon Taylor.

• Five players are listed as four-star prospects by Scout.com: Brennen Beyer, Blake Countess, Justice Hayes, Kellen Jones and Antonio Poole.

• Michigan inked four of the top 17 players on The Detroit News Best of the Midwest rankings: Justice Hayes (3), Brennen Beyer (7), Delonte Hollowell (11), Raymon Taylor (16) and Desmond Morgan (17).

• The Wolverines signed three of the top eight players in Michigan according to the Detroit Free Press: Justice Hayes (6), Brennen Beyer (7) and Raymon Taylor (8). Delonte Hollowell (12) and Thomas Rawls (15) listed in the top 15 on the newspaper's rankings.

• Defensive back Blake Countess and kicker Matt Wile participated in the U.S. Army All-American game. Running back Justice Hayes was invited to participate but was unable to attend due to a wrist injury sustained during his senior season.

• Matt Wile is rated as the nation's fourth-best kicker by Scout.com.

• Hayes is rated as the third-best all-purpose back nationally and as the fourth-rated prospect in the state of Michigan.

• Michigan signed four of the top seven players in the state of Michigan according to Rivals.com: Hayes (4), Brennen Beyer (5), Taylor (6) and Hollowell (7).

• Defensive back Greg Brown is the lone early enrollee this year. He is from the same high school as Michigan's 1997 Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson and 1976 third-place finisher Rob Lytle.

• Quarterback Russell Bellomy participated in the Elite 11 Quarterback camp.

• Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Delonte Hollowell is from the same high school as current Wolverines William Campbell, Thomas Gordon and Teric Jones.

• Defensive end Chris Rock attended St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, along with current Wolverine right guard Patrick Omameh.

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