Michigan Signs 20 Student-Athletes to Letters of Intent

Comments from Coach Lloyd Carr

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr announced today (Wednesday, Feb. 7) the signing of 20 individuals -- 19 high school seniors and one junior college transfer -- to binding Letters of Intent during the first day of the signing period. The announcement was made during a press conference held in the Michigan Sports Television production studio at 1 p.m. EST.

The Wolverines' recruiting class consists of players from 10 different states, including five from the state of Michigan, four student-athletes from California and three from Texas. U-M gained at least one player at every single position group.

2007 University of Michigan Football Signees
(As of 1 p.m. EST, Feb. 7, 2007)

Name Pos.  Ht.    Wt.    Hometown (High School) HS Coach
Zion Babb WR 6-3 190 Montbello, Calif. (Alhambra) Gil Ruedaflores
Artis Chambers DB 6-2 185 Fort Wayne, Ind. (Snider) Russ Isaacs
Toney Clemons WR 6-2 205 New Kensington, Pa. (Valley) Ray White
Marell Evans LB 6-3 220 Richmond, Va. (Varina) Gary Chilcoat
Vince Helmuth FB 6-1 235 Saline, Mich. (Saline) Mike Glennie
Junior Hemingway WR 6-3 205 Conway, S.C. (Conway) Chuck Jordan
Brandon Herron LB 6-2 215 Stafford, Texas (Dulles) Jim Creech
Avery Horn RB 5-11 195 Hanford, Calif. (Hanford) James Gambrell
Mark Huyge OL 6-6 280 Wyoming, Mich. (Catholic Central) Tom Passinault
Ryan Mallett QB 6-6 235 Texarkana, Ark. (Texas) Barry Norton
David Molk OL 6-2 280 Lemont, Ill. (Lemont Township) Eric Michaelsen
Austin Panter LB 6-3 240 Athol, Kansas (Kensington/Butler JC) Troy Morrell
James Rogers DB 6-1 195 Madison Heights, Mich. (Lamphere) Jason Charron
Renaldo Sagesse DL 6-4 315 Montreal, Quebec (Vieux Montreal) Claude Juneau
Ryan Van Bergen DE 6-5 260 Whitehall, Mich. (Whitehall) Bruce Baxter
Donovan Warren DB 6-0 175 Long Beach, Calif. (Polytechnic) Raul Lara
Steve Watson TE 6-4 235 Cherry Hills Village, Colo. (Mullen) Dave Logan
Martell Webb TE 6-5 225 Pontiac, Mich. (Northern) Bruce McNorton
Michael Williams DB 6-0 190 Camarillo, Calif. (St. Bonaventure) Jon Mack
Troy Woolfolk DB 6-1 180 Sugarland, Texas (Dulles) Jim Creech

Defensive End: Ryan Van Bergen
Defensive Line: Renaldo Sagesse
Linebackers: Marell Evans, Brandon Herron, Austin Panter
Defensive Backs: Artis Chambers, James Rogers, Donovan Warren, Michael Williams, Troy Woolfolk
Offensive Line: Mark Huyge, David Molk
Fullback: Vince Helmuth
Running Back: Avery Horn
Quarterback: Ryan Mallett
Wide Receivers: Zion Babb, Toney Clemons, Junior Hemingway
Tight Ends: Steve Watson, Martell Webb

California: Zion Babb, Avery Horn, Donovan Warren, Michael Williams
Colorado: Steve Watson
Illinois: David Molk
Indiana: Artis Chambers
Kansas: Austin Panter
Michigan: Vince Helmuth, Mark Huyge, James Rogers, Ryan Van Bergen, Martell Webb
Pennsylvania: Toney Clemons
South Carolina: Junior Hemingway
Texas: Brandon Herron, Ryan Mallett, Troy Woolfolk
Virginia: Marell Evans
Quebec: Renaldo Sagesse


Safety Artis Chambers, fullback Vince Helmuth, quarterback Ryan Mallett and linebacker Austin Panter enrolled at the University of Michigan in January.

Mallett, defensive back Donovan Warren and tight end Martell Webb were named to the 2006 All-USA high school All-America second team by USA Today.

Mallett was named to the Parade Magazine All-America team.

Mallett (first team) and Warren (second team) were selected to the EA Sports High School All-America team.

Helmuth was the top-rated fullback in the country according to Scout.com. Mallett was the second-rated quarterback nationally according to Rivals.com, and Warren was the third-rated cornerback prospect by the recruiting service.

Mallett was selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Texas. He was the top-rated player in the state of Texas according to Rivals.com.

Mallett and Warren are five-star prospects according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Three signees participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas: Mallett, Warren and defensive back Michael Williams.

Mallett (4), Warren (25) and wide receiver Toney Clemons (91) are rated among the top 100 by Rivals.com.

Four student-athletes are rated among the top 100 players nationally according to Scout.com: Mallett (5), Warren (22), defensive end Ryan Van Bergen (51) and Clemons (67).

U-M picked up a pair of high school teammates from Dulles High School in Sugarland, Texas: linebacker Brandon Herron and defensive back Troy Woolfolk.

Woolfolk is the son of former University of Michigan and Houston Oilers tailback Butch Woolfolk.

Linebacker Marell Evans was a high school teammate of U-M tailback Brandon Minor at Varina High School.

Offensive lineman Mark Huyge was a high school teammate of U-M linebacker Obinna Ezeh at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids.

Austin Panter is just the second junior college player to sign with the Wolverines during Lloyd Carr's tenure (wide receiver Russell Shaw was the other in 1996).

Panter was the 2006 National Junior College Defensive Player of the Year.

Renaldo Sagesse is the fourth player from Vieux Montreal to sign a letter of intent with the Wolverines during Carr's tenure, joining Emmanuel Casseus, Alain Kashama and Deitan Dubuc.

Clemons is the cousin of recently graduated U-M wide receiver and return specialist Steve Breaston.

Tight end Steve Watson's father, Steve, is the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos.

A total of nine recruits attended the Michigan Summer Football Camp: Chambers, wide receiver Junior Hemingway, offensive lineman Mark Huyge, Mallet, offensive lineman David Molk, defensive back James Rogers, Van Bergen, Webb and Woolfolk.

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