Feb. 3, 2016
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The nation's top recruit, defensive end Rashan Gary, led a class of 28 student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to join the University of Michigan football program on Wednesday (Feb. 3). The Wolverines' 2016 signing class is projected to list among the top five nationally by many of the recruiting services once all of the rankings are finalized later on Wednesday.
The announcements for many of the Class of 2016 signees were made official during the "Signing of the Stars" event at Hill Auditorium, a celebration of these future Wolverines to benefit the Chad Tough Foundation. Harbaugh and a variety of sports figures, artists and celebrities introduced the student-athletes who signed NLIs to attend U-M and play football for the Wolverines starting this fall.
The first-of-its-kind event generated more than $110,000 for the Chad Tough Foundation. The final total will not be determined for a few days as donations continue to come in to the organization. The foundation was started by Tammi and Jason Carr to raise awareness and fund research for pediatric brain tumors and Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
This year's class includes seven early enrollees already attending classes at the University of Michigan: linebacker Devin Bush, running backs Kingston Davis and Kareem Walker, defensive end Carlo Kemp, tight end Sean McKeon, wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell and quarterback Brandon Peters.
Gary, a consensus five-star prospect, led a group of 15 Wolverines listed among the ESPN300. Michigan had a total of 17 four-star prospects according ESPN, with Gary listing as one of nine five-star performers in the nation.
2016 Michigan Football Signees
As of 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3 (*Enrolled at Michigan in January) Click on player name for bio
|Player||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)||Coach|
|Devin Asiasi||TE||6-4||265||Concord, Calif. (De La Salle)||Justin Alumbaugh|
|Ben Bredeson||OL||6-5||293||Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)||Greg Malling|
|Devin Bush *||LB||6-0||225||Pembroke Pines, Fla. (Flanagan)||Devin Bush Sr.|
|Dylan Crawford||WR||6-2||183||Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic)||Rick Curtis|
|Kingston Davis *||RB||6-1||225||Prattville, Ala. (Prattville)||Chad Anderson|
|Michael Dwumfour||DL||6-2||310||Wayne, N.J. (DePaul Catholic)||John McKenna|
|Nick Eubanks||TE||6-6||230||Plantation, Fla. (American Heritage)||Mike Rumph|
|Chris Evans||ATH||5-11||190||Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis)||Mike Kirschner|
|Rashan Gary||DE||6-5||293||Plainfield, N.J. (Paramus Catholic)||John Westervelt|
|Devin Gil||LB||6-1||225||Pembroke Pines, Fla. (Flanagan)||Devin Bush Sr.|
|Brad Hawkins||WR||6-2||205||Camden, N.J. (Camden)||Dwayne Savage|
|Lavert Hill||DB||5-11||175||Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)||Dale Harvel|
|Khaleke Hudson||S||6-0||206||McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport)||George Smith|
|Nate Johnson||WR||5-11||180||Thompson's Station, Tenn. (Independence)||Scott Blade|
|Ron Johnson||DL||6-4||245||Camden, N.J. (Camden)||Dwayne Savage|
|Carlo Kemp *||LB||6-3||250||Boulder, Colo. (Fairview)||Tom McCartney|
|David Long||CB||6-0||187||Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)||Marvin Sanders|
|Elysee Mbem-Bosse||LB||6-3||232||Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove)||Jermaine Smith|
|Eddie McDoom||WR||6-0||182||Winter Garden, Fla. (West Orange)||Bob Head|
|Sean McKeon *||TE||6-5||240||Dudley, Mass. (Shepherd Hill Regional)||Chris Lindstrom|
|Josh Metellus||S||6-0||195||Pembroke Pines, Fla. (Flanagan)||Devin Bush Sr.|
|Ahmir Mitchell *||WR||6-3||205||Egg Harbor City, N.J. (Cedar Creek)||Tim Watson|
|Quinn Nordin||K||6-0||200||Rockford, Mich. (Rockford)||Ralph Munger|
|Michael Onwenu||OL||6-3||350||Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical)||Thomas Wilcher|
|Brandon Peters *||QB||6-5||210||Avon, Ind. (Avon)||Mark Bless|
|Stephen Spanellis||OL||6-5||315||Baltimore, Md. (Gilman School)||Bill Poggi|
|Josh Uche||LB||6-2||215||Miami, Fla. (Columbus)||Chris Merritt|
|Kareem Walker *||RB||6-1||210||Wayne, N.J. (DePaul Catholic)||John McKenna|
U-M's class boasts three first-team USA Today High School All-Americans (Ben Bredeson, Rashan Gary, Quinn Nordin) and two athletes named the Gatorade Player of the Year in their home states: Ben Bredeson (Wisconsin) and Brandon Peters (Indiana).
Nationally recognized athletes include six U.S. Army All-American Game participants (Devin Asaisi, Dylan Crawford, Lavert Hill, David Long, Michael Onwenu, Brandon Peters), four Under Armour All-Americans (Ben Bredeson, Devin Bush, Rashan Gary, Kareem Walker) and three Semper Fidelis All-Americans (Brad Hawkins, Khaleke Hudson, Ron Johnson).
The offensive breakdown by position includes: Quarterback (1), Running Back (2), Wide Receiver (4), Tight End (3), Athlete (1), Offensive Line (3), Kicker (1).
The defensive breakdown by position includes: Defensive Line (3), Linebacker (5) and Defensive Back (5).
States represented in this class include: New Jersey (6), Florida (6), California (3), Michigan (3), Indiana (2), Alabama (1), Colorado (1), Georgia (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (1) and Wisconsin (1).