Michigan Wolverines: Robert Foster

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Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

#BlueChip Battles: Oct. 26

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Pitt doesn't want WR Robert Foster to leave the Keystone State and USC hopes to keep CB Max Redfield in Cali. The local programs' bid to keep those two stars in-state highlights this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider.

#BlueChipBattles is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to voice your opinion on our list or to view other fans' reactions as the commitments begin to roll in. Get recruiting updates on the players above as well as the nation's other top football prospects here: @RecruitingESPN.

UA AA game invaded by U-M commits 

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In the 2012 class Michigan had two commitments -- cornerback Terry Richardson and linebacker Joe Bolden -- participate in the Under Armour All-America Game. Spring ball hasn't even ended yet and Michigan already has more than double that amount committed to the 2013 Under Armour game.

David Dawson
Damon Sayles/ESPN.comDavid Dawson is one of three Michigan OL commits who will play in the Under Armour All-American Game.
Offensive linemen David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech), Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria, Ill./Manual) and Patrick Kugler (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny), cornerback Gareon Conley (Massilon, Ohio/Washington) and quarterback Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) have all accepted invitations to the annual game.

This isn't the final tally of Michigan commits to be selected for the game, but given the fact it's only April, this is a big deal to say the least.

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WR options for 2013 

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Michigan looks to be taking three wide receivers in the 2013 class, and the coaching staff has plenty of early options. With one wideout already on board in Jaron Dukes (Columbus, Ohio/Marion-Franklin), there are likely two spots left. WolverineNation takes a look at some of the top current targets for the Wolverines.

2013 Wide receiver targets:

Devon Allen
Courtesy Louis AllenDevon Allen has sprinter's speed and excellent route-running skills.
Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy): At 6-foot, 187 pounds, Allen has good size for the type of receiver he is. The Michigan coaching staff has told Allen they see him as a speedy, stretch-the-field receiver, and there's a good reason why. He's not only a tremendous football prospect but a track star. His speed would give the coaching staff a different dimension from a receiver within this class, and the Wolverines want him badly. Despite the fact Allen's father attended Ohio State, the younger Allen has expressed interest in pursuing an engineering degree and believes Michigan is one of the top schools in that field. Allen and his father are looking to visit a few Midwest schools, including Michigan, in the summer.

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