Wolverines Sign 22 Recruits to National Letters of Intent

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


NOTES

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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