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Two Detroiters suspended; Michigan gets 14th commitment August 21, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Detroiters, Iowa, Michigan, News, recruiting.
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Yikes.

Iowa sophomore receiver Dominique Douglass, of Detroit Murray-Wright, was suspended yesterday along with teammate Anthony Bowman of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s on charges of unauthorized use of a credit card.

The DesMoines Register, among other news sources, has reported that both players have been suspended indefinitely by head coach Kirk Ferentz pending results of this investigation.

Douglas was a projected starter and the Iowa coaching staff was looking for him to take a more active role. Last year, Douglas caught 49 passes last season for 654 yards and two touchdowns, second nationally among freshman wideouts.

Bowman was a backup wide receiver.

In other news, Michigan picked up commitment No. 14 last night as McKees Rock (Pa.) linebacker Christian Wilson, long considered a Michigan lead, pledged his services to the Wolverines.

Wilson, a 6-2, 220-pounder, is a four-star recruit according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com and joins New Jersey’s Marcus Witherspoon as linebacker recruits in U-M’s Class of 2008.

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Mad Mike Hart: SI Posterboy August 20, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Big Ten, Michigan, Previews.
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Mike Hart has made one of Sports Illustrated’s five regional college football preview covers for 2007 – simply a great honor for this All-Big Ten back. Hart is a Doak Walker candidate – perhaps the preseason favorite – in his senior season. Odds are Hart will eclipse Michigan’s career rushing marks for carries and yardage midway through the season.

Gray and Smith off the board August 7, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Michigan, Michigan State, recruiting.
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For the second straight year, Michigan’s No. 1 football prospect shunned both in-state powers and bid farewell to the state altogether.

Over the weekend, Detroit Country Day running back Jonas Gray, Rivals’ No. 1 Michigan prospect in the class of 2008, pledged to Nebraska, choosing the Huskers over Michigan State and a host of others.

The Spartans weren’t down for long, picking up a commitment from Detroit Southeastern wide receiver Fred Smith on Sunday.

Michigan was intrigued by both players and showed heavy interest in Smith. While the consensus four-star wideout was another tough in-state loss for Lloyd Carr and staff (apparently Smith changed his mind at least once over the weekend), losing Gray was eased by last weekend’s commitment from Texas Cy-Fair all-purpose running back Sam McGuffie, known through recruiting circles as a human highlight reel.

With the state’s top four players and seven of the top 10 (according to Rivals) off the board, the top remaining 2008 prospects include Detroit King defensive lineman Nick Perry, DCD linebacker Kenny Demens and Muskegon wide receiver Corey Johnson. Scout.com has uncommitted Birmingham Groves offensive tackle Deon’tae Pannell in its top-10.

Bedford back at Michigan February 15, 2007

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Vance Bedford will help shape Michigan’s new-look defensive backfield, as the former U-M assistant has been hired to coach Michigan’s defensive backs under Ron English.
Bedford coached Michigan’s DB’s from 1995-98 and coached one of the best secondaries in school history (and Heisman winner Charles Woodson) in 1997 before leaving for the Chicago Bears. He spent last season at Oklahoma State.

Feb. 15, Tulsa World: “I’m excited about the challenge,” Bedford said. “Michigan has a talented group of kids in the secondary, and I’m excited to work with them.”

Trend-setting February 13, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Michigan, recruiting, Ryan Mallett.
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Texarkana Texas High also had a bevy of players sign letters of intent – six, three D-I – but Ryan Mallett wasn’t at the presser with his teammates after enrolling a semester early – a practice that is becoming very commonplace among top recruits these days.

Feb. 8, Texarkana Gazette: “It was a little odd not having Ryan here, but it’s becoming a trend for kids to enroll in college early,” said Barry Norton, athletic director/head football coach. “I think it will be good for him athletically. It’s probably good for him to get up there and get in an extra spring practice.”

Lloyd Carr has indicated that the plan is to not redshirt Mallett and have him spend as much time around Chad Henne as possible.

Early birds strong in numbers February 13, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Michigan, recruiting.
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Ryan Mallett was one of a record four Wolverines to enroll early, joining saftey Artis Chambers, fullback Vince Helmuth and inside linebacker Austin Painter (U-M’s first JUCO since Russell Shaw).
Chambers, after committing over a year ago and being at Michigan for a month, was confused about his signing day procedure.

Feb. 7, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: “I don’t know how that works,” he said last Monday from his dorm room. “I will call one of the coaches and ask. I think I will end up just walking over to the (football) office.”

This year’s Greg Paulus … sort of February 11, 2007

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Remember when Greg Paulus turned down a USC football offer to play Duke basketball? Aliquippa (Pa.) freak athlete Jonathan Baldwin might be facing a similar decision during his recruitment.

The 6-foot-6 Baldwin, a cousin of Ty Law, is a standout gridiron and hoop star for Aliquippa H.S. One of the best two-sport athletes in the state, Baldwin was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22” team and averages 22 points on the hardwood.

Feb. 1, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Although many already have him pegged as a future football player, he was emphatic in saying he has not made a decision yet on what sport to play. “More than likely I’ll only play one sport, but I haven’t decided.”

Baldwin already holds football offers from Michigan, Pitt and Notre Dame and a basketball offer from Marquette. For now, the Ty Law connection has served him well; he lists Michigan as his football leader.

A white lie February 10, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Michigan, Ryan Mallett.
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Lloyd Carr told Ryan Mallett during his recruitment that the temperature in Ann Arbor wouldn’t drop below 40 degrees. Yeah, right.

Feb. 9, Detroit Free Press: “It’s a little chilly for me,” Mallett said Friday in a teleconference with reporters.