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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 4) the signing of 22 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 3 p.m. EST.
The Wolverines' recruiting class consists of players from nine states, including eight student-athletes from Florida, four from Michigan and three from Ohio. U-M gained at least one player at every single position group.
2009 University of Michigan Football Recruiting Class
(As of Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. EST)
|Player||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)||Coach|
|Isaiah Bell||DB||6-2||205||Youngstown, Ohio (Liberty High School)||Jeff Whittaker|
|William Campbell||DL||6-5||317||Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical)||Thomas Wilcher|
|Vladimir Emilien||DB||6-0||186||Lauderhill, Fla. (Plantation)||Steve Davis|
|Tate Forcier||QB||6-1||185||San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)||Sergio Diaz|
|Jeremy Gallon||RB/SR||5-8||165||Apopka, Fla. (Apopka High School)||Rick Darlington|
|Brendan Gibbons||K||6-0||215||West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Newman High School)||Don Dicus|
|Cameron Gordon||WR||6-2||210||Inkster, Mich. (Inkster High School)||Greg Carter|
|Thomas Gordon||DB||5-11||200||Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical High School)||Thomas Wilcher|
|Brandin Hawthorne||LB||6-0||197||Pahokee, Fla. (Pahokee)||Blaze Thompson|
|Mike Jones||DB||6-2||200||Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater)||Bill Gierke|
|Teric Jones||RB/SR||5-9||191||Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical High School)||Thomas Wilcher|
|Anthony LaLota||DE||6-6||260||Princeton, N.J. (The Hun School)||Dave Dudeck|
|Taylor Lewan||OL||6-6||270||Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral High School)||Charlie Ragle|
|Denard Robinson||QB||6-0||180||Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach High School)||Art Taylor|
|Craig Roh||DE||6-4||230||Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral High School)||Charlie Ragle|
|Michael Schofield||OL||6-6||270||Orland Park, Ill. (Carl Sandburg High School)||Dave Wierzal|
|Vincent Smith||RB||5-6||159||Pahokee, Fla. (Pahokee)||Blaze Thompson|
|Je'Ron Stokes||WR||6-1||178||Philadelphia, Pa. (Northeast)||Mel Hinton|
|Fitzgerald Toussaint||RB||5-10||185||Youngstown, Ohio (Liberty High School)||Jeff Whittaker|
|J.T. Turner||DB||6-2||185||Massillon, Ohio (Washington High School)||Jason Hall|
|Quinton Washington||OL||6-3||315||St. Stephen, S.C. (Timberland High School)||Art Craig|
|Adrian Witty||DB||5-11||170||Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach High School)||Art Taylor|
PLAYERS BY POSITION
Defensive Back: Isaiah Bell, Vladimir Emilien, Thomas Gordon, Mike Jones, J.T. Turner, Adrian Witty
Defensive End: Anthony LaLota, Craig Roh
Defensive Line: William Campbell
Linebacker: Brandin Hawthorne
Offensive Line: Taylor Lewan, Michael Schofield, Quinton Washington
Placekicker: Brendan Gibbons
Quarterback: Tate Forcier, Denard Robinson
Running Back: Vincent Smith, Fitzgerald Toussaint
Running Back/Slot Receiver: Teric Jones, Jeremy Gallon
Wide Receiver: Cameron Gordon, Je'Ron Stokes
PLAYERS BY STATE
Arizona: Taylor Lewan, Craig Roh
California: Tate Forcier
Florida: Vladimir Emilien, Jeremy Gallon, Brendan Gibbons, Brandin Hawthorne, Mike Jones, Denard Robinson, Vincent Smith, Adrian Witty
Illinois: Michael Schofield
Michigan: William Campbell, Cameron Gordon, Thomas Gordon, Teric Jones
New Jersey: Anthony LaLota
Ohio: Isaiah Bell, Fitzgerald Toussaint, J.T. Turner
Pennsylvania: Je'Ron Stokes
South Carolina: Quinton Washington
N O T E S
William Campbell and J.T. Turner earned five-star rankings from scout.com and Campbell added a five-star listing from Rivals.com.
Campbell garneredPARADE Magazine All-American honors and was named to the EA Sports All-American first team squad.
Defensive end Craig Roh was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Arizona.
Campbell and Turner are the top-rated players in the state of Michigan and Ohio, respectively. This is the first time that the Wolverines had the top-ranked athletes from both states since 2002: Prescott Burgess (Ohio) and LaMarr Woodley (Michigan).
Tate Forcier was rated the nation's most accurate quarterback according to Rivals.com.
Forcier's brother, Jason, played at Michigan during the 2005 and 2006 seasons before transferring to Stanford. Both of Tate's brothers play in the Pac-10: Jason (Stanford) and Chris (UCLA).
J.T. Turner is ranked the No. 3 cornerback nationally according to scout.com and Rivals.com. William Campbell is rated the No. 4 defensive tackle and Tate Forcier is graded the fifth-best dual threat quarterback nationally by Rivals.com.
Defensive end Anthony LaLota was the No. 2 prospect in the state of New Jersey.
High school teammates Taylor Lewan and Craig Roh are listed as the fifth- and fourth-ranked players in the state of Arizona, respectively.
Six recruits played in the U.S. Army All-American game: William Campbell, Jeremy Gallon, Brendan Gibbons, Anthony LaLota, Je'Ron Stokes and J.T. Turner.
Isaiah Bell, Taylor Lewan, Craig Roh and Quinton Washington participated in the 2009 Under Armour All-American game.
The Wolverines had 13 signees land among the Rivals250 rankings: William Campbell (26), J.T. Turner (35), Je'Ron Stokes (104), Jeremy Gallon (151), Craig Roh (156), Tate Forcier (164), Denard Robinson (188), Taylor Lewan (194), Quinton Washington (213), Anthony LaLota (215), Michael Schofield (221), Cameron Gordon (233) and Fitzgerald Toussaint (239)
Six recruits are ranked among the ESPNU 150: Craig Roh (48), Quinton Washington (82), Isaiah Bell (92), Denard Robinson (102), Tate Forcier (145) and Taylor Lewan (149).
A total of six recruits attended the Michigan Summer Football Camp: William Campbell, Brendan Gibbons, Cameron Gordon, Thomas Gordon, Teric Jones and J.T. Turner.
Big Ten Network Special
The Big Ten Network will air a Football Signing Day Special at 4:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday. The 90-minute program will feature video highlights, press conferences, interviews coaches and expert recruiting analysis. The show will re-air Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. EST.
Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423