Comments from Head Coach Lloyd Carr
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 4) the signing of 22 high school seniors to binding of Letters of Intents during the first day of signing period. The announcement was made during a press conference held in the Michigan Sports Television Production Studio at 11 a.m. EST.
Seven of the incoming players participated in the fourth annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl played Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Defensive end Tim Jamison, offensive lineman Jeremy Ciulla, wide receiver Doug Dutch, running back Max Martin and quarterback Chad Henne were an integral part of the East squad that claimed a 45-28 victory over the West squad that featured defensive end Alan Branch and wide receiver Adrian Arrington.
This year's recruiting class includes six players from the state of Michigan. The Wolverines also added a pair of players from Illinois and Pennsylvania, with a total of 15 states comprising the sum total of this recruiting class. U-M added at least one player at every single position group except for both kicking positions, where both starters return.
2004 University of Michigan Football Signees
(As of 11 a.m. EST, Feb. 4, 2004)
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)||HS Coach|
|Jamar Adams||S||6-2||190||Charlotte, N.C. (Butler)||Mike Newsome|
|Roger Allison||FB||6-1||228||Lake Orion, Mich. (Lake Orion)||Chris Bell|
|Adrian Arrington||WR||6-2||172||Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Washington)||Paul James|
|Alan Branch||DT||6-6||326||Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cibola)||Ben Schultz|
|Keston Cheathem||CB||6-3||183||Miraloma, Calif. (Pomona)||John Capraro|
|Jeremy Ciulla||OL||6-5||275||Kennesaw, Ga. (Kennesaw Mountain)||Scott Jones|
|Grant DeBenedictis||OL||6-4||267||Boca Raton, Fla. (St. Andrews)||Don LaViolette|
|Doug Dutch Jr.||WR||6-0||190||Bowie, Md. (Gonzaga College)||Kenneth Lucas|
|Brett Gallimore||OL||6-6||302||Parkville, Mo. (Park Hill South)||Rod Litchfield|
|Christopher Graham||LB||5-10||205||Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central)||Kevin Wright|
|Michael Hart||RB||5-9||185||Syracuse, N.Y. (Onondaga Central)||Bill Spicer|
|Chad Henne||QB||6-3||215||Wyomissing, Pa. (Wilson)||Jim Cantafio|
|Tim Jamison||DE||6-3||230||Riverdale, Ill. (Harvey Thornton)||Bill Mosel|
|Will Johnson||DT||6-4||285||Oakland, Mich. (Lake Orion)||Chris Bell|
|Max Martin||RB||6-2||210||Madison, Ala. (Bob Jones)||Mike Bates|
|Mike Massey||TE||6-4||216||Brecksville, Ohio (Cleveland St. Ignatius)||Chuck Kyle|
|Alex Mitchell||OL||6-5||305||Reese, Mich. (Bay City Central)||Morley Fraser|
|Chris Rogers||DE||6-3||242||Wexford, Pa. (North Allegheny)||James Rankin|
|Charles Stewart Jr.||CB||6-1||184||Southfield, Mich. (Harrison)||John Herrington|
|John Thompson||LB||6-0||214||Detroit, Mich. (Crockett)||Steve McGhee|
|Morgan Trent||WR||6-1||175||Brighton, Mich. (Orchard Lake St. Mary's)||George Porritt|
|Marques Walton||DT||6-0||275||Chicago, Ill. (Hubbard)||Elton Harris|
PLAYERS BY POSITION
Cornerback: Keston Cheathem, Charles Stewart Jr.
Defensive End: Tim Jamison, Chris Rogers
Defensive Tackle: Alan Branch, Will Johnson, Marques Walton
Fullback: Roger Allison
Linebacker: Christopher Graham, John Thompson
Offensive Lineman: Jeremy Ciulla, Grant DeBenedictis, Brett Gallimore, Alex Mitchell
Quarterback: Chad Henne
Running Back: Michael Hart, Max Martin
Safety: Jamar Adams
Tight End: Mike Massey
Wide Receiver: Adrian Arrington, Doug Dutch Jr., Morgan Trent
PLAYERS BY STATE
Alabama: Max Martin
California: Keston Cheathem
Florida: Grant DeBenedictis
Georgia: Jeremy Ciulla
Illinois: Tim Jamison, Marques Walton
Indiana: Christopher Graham
Iowa: Adrian Arrington
Maryland: Doug Dutch Jr.
Michigan: Roger Allison, Will Johnson, Alex Mitchell, Charles Stewart Jr., John Thompson, Morgan Trent
Missouri: Brett Gallimore
New Mexico: Alan Branch
New York: Michael Hart
North Carolina: Jamar Adams
Ohio: Mike Massey
Pennsylvania: Chad Henne, Chris Rogers
Five of Michigan's signees were the Gatorade Players of the Year in their respective states, including Adrian Arrington (Iowa), Alan Branch (New Mexico), Doug Dutch Jr. (District of Columbia), Mike Hart (New York) and Chad Henne (Pennsylvania). No other college football program had more than three players of the year sign with its institution.
Tim Jamison was the Wolverines' lone representative on the USA Today High School All-America squad, receiving a second-team nod from his defensive end slot. Jamison comes from the same high school as former Wolverine and current San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Tai Streets (1995-98).
Mike Hart was selected to the EA Sports High School All-American Football Team.
Tight end Mike Massey is the brother of four-year senior defensive lineman Pat Massey.
The Wolverines added a pair of Lake Orion High School teammates in fullback Roger Allison and defensive tackle Will Johnson.
Five of the student-athletes are rated among the top 100 players nationally according to Tom Lemming: Chad Henne (No. 7), Tim Jamison (No. 18), Adrian Arrington (No. 43), Doug Dutch (No. 49) and Max Martin (No. 73).
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