Wednesday, February 6, 2013
WolverineNation signing day recap
Welcome to WolverineNation's live coverage of national signing day for the Michigan Wolverines. We'll be with you throughout the day providing up-to-the-minute updates on Team 134, aka the Class of 2013.
Delano Hill looked perfectly comfortable in maize and blue after originally believing he'd be wearing Iowa colors on signing day.
1:15 p.m. -- Michigan has received the LOIs from all of its commitments. All that remains now is to see where the class finishes in the rankings. Twenty-one prospects made it official on Wednesday; six already are on campus after enrolling for the second semester.
11:45 -- Henry Poggi, the only commitment who faced substantial speculation over the past few weeks about a potential flip, was also one of the last to get his papers in to Michigan, leaving Wolverine fans anxiously awaiting confirmation. But slightly before noon the defensive tackle made it official, and the Wolverines closed the books on their 2013 D-line class.
10:25 -- Linebacker commit Mike McCray II has faxed in his letter of intent to Michigan. An interesting recruiting process, as the son of a former Ohio State football player, McCray chose the Wolverines and stuck with them even after receiving an Ohio State offer came later in the process.
10:24 -- Cornerback Reon Dawson has sent his letter of intent to Michigan. The former Illinois commit made the switch to Michigan late in the process after taking an official visit to Ann Arbor. He joined high school teammate McCray in the 2013 class.
10:14 -- Michigan officially closed its offensive line class with Chris Fox's national letter of intent. Hailing from Parker, Colo., Fox is one of the furthest members in the 2013 class, which held its focus within three to five hours of Ann Arbor.
10:10 -- Dan Samuelson made it official with the Wolverines less than a month after giving his verbal to Michigan. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle became the Wolverines sixth offensive line commit.
9:30 -- Jaron Dukes' paperwork has been received by Michigan. He's another 6-foot plus target; Hoke, in fact, hasn't signed a receiver under 6 feet since he became the Wolverines' head coach.
8:47 -- The No. 13 cornerback in the country, Jourdan Lewis, has faxed in his letter of intent to Michigan. Lewis is the third and final commit in this class to sign from Detroit Cass Tech.
8:45 -- Tight end Khalid Hill has sent in his letter of intent from Houston, Texas. Hill is in Texas for the International Bowl with fellow signees David Dawson, Jourdan Lewis and Ben Gedeon.
8:39 -- WR Csont'e York has filed his letter with Michigan. He's another prospect whose name flew under the radar for most of the recruitment period. He plays in a smaller division in Michigan, but his range and ability to find the ball are what attracted Michigan to Chandler Park Academy.
8:27 -- Long snapper Scott Sypniewski is official. The Wolverines surprised quite a few people when they offered a full scholarship to Sypniewski last summer. But according to former Michigan long snapper Jeremy Miller, Sypniewski is physically ready for the college game and the true freshman could battle for a starting spot this fall.
8:13 -- Defensive back Delano Hill has sent his letter of intent to Michigan. Originally an Iowa commitment, Michigan got in on Hill late in the game but got him to flip from the Hawkeyes.
8:05 -- Running back Derrick Green is the last running back in the class to fax in his letter of intent. Upon his commitment on Jan. 26, Green became the highest-ranked player in the 2013 class at No. 38 overall.
7:57 -- After a long and winding recruitment, offensive lineman David Dawson has faxed in his letter of intent.
7:55 -- Wide receiver Da'Mario Jones, who was a later commit to Michigan, has sent his letter of intent in. Jones, who originally committed to Central Michigan, flew under the radar for most of his recruitment, but he camped well with the Wolverines and had a strong enough senior year to keep the Michigan coaches interested.
7:48 -- Offensive lineman Patrick Kugler has faxed in his letter of intent to Michigan.
7:41 -- Wyatt Shallman's LOI finally has come across the fax machine in the Michigan football office.7:35 -- Running back Deveon Smith has faxed his LOI to Michigan, officially a Wolverine.
7:24 -- Defensive lineman Maurice Hurst is officially a part of the Class of 2013.
7:18 -- Cornerback Channing Stribling has faxed his letter of intent to Michigan. He is the first defensive player to become official.
7:15 -- Shane Morris tweets: "First one to send in my LOI!! It's official...I AM A UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!!! #GoBlue!! #Team134 lets go win some championships!!"
7:01 -- Quarterback Shane Morris, the first prospect to commit to the Class of 2013, is the first to get his letter of intent across the fax machine at the Michigan football office.
7 a.m. -- Wyatt Shallman, the nation's No. 1 FB, is the first to send a picture of his signing to WolverineNation, which will be posted shortly.
We don't want you to forget about these guys. Six players enrolled early, including five in the ESPN 300. Because of their talent and added advantage of winter workouts and spring practice, it wouldn't be a surprise to see some of them see the field during their true freshman seasons.
Listed alphabetically, they are:
OL Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) : Bosch will help fill depth on the interior line at Michigan, likely as a guard.
TE Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) : Charlton is the second athletic, pass-catching tight end Michigan has taken in as many years.
DE Taco Charlton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) : Charlton is a four-star defensive end and the only ESPN 150 defensive lineman for Michigan in this class.
DB Ross Douglas (Avon, Ohio/Avon): Douglas is a cornerback commit who flipped from Penn State and will help add depth at a thin defensive back corp.
DB Dymonte Thomas (Alliance, Ohio/Marlington) : Thomas projects to the strong safety position, which will need to be filled because of the departure of Jordan Kovacs.
OL Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria, Ill./Manual) : Tuley-Tillman is likely a left tackle for Michigan and will get time to develop with Taylor Lewan returning for his senior season.