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U-M offers in-state V.Y. clone August 19, 2008

Posted by City Hoops in Uncategorized.

With the emergence of a pair of highly-regarded in-state quarterbacks in the class of 2010, Rich Rodriguez could add to his haul of prototype dual-threat QB types without leaving the state.

Devin Gardner has looked like an ideal fit in the spread since the beginning of his high school career, and now has a home in Ann Arbor if he wants it. Now of Inkster fame after transferring from (where else) U of D Jesuit, Gardner made the recruiting news of the day after receiving a Michigan offer.

Gardner is raw but is looking more and more like a Vince Young clone. He has the same long, lanky, chiseled build and the same half-arm throwing motion. His athleticism is off the charts but according to the recruiting gurus his football IQ needs to develop. He’s in line to receive an Elite 11 invite after working the camp this past year.

Who knows what motivated his transfer? Perhaps he wanted to play for Greg Carter, compete for a state title among a cast of Division I prospects. Perhaps he became disenfranchised with U-D Jesuit’s non-commitment to athletics as many have before him.

He’ll have a top receiver in Cameron Gordon, who is currently uncommitted (Michigan State and Cincinnati are his BCS offers), and a workhorse back in Alan Freeman, a formidable trio for this consensus top-10 team in the state and the odds on favorite in Division 5.

Rich Rodriguez has looked out of state extensively during his first year, drawing the ire of some jealous Sparties, but early offers to Gardner, Livonia Stevenson’s Austin White and Ann Arbor Huron’s Jeremy Jackson should help provide the foundation of a strong in-state class of 2010.



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