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Thirty Big Ten players heard their names called during the 2014 NFL draft, but many others received phone calls immediately after the event. The undrafted free-agent carousel is spinning, and players from around the Big Ten are hopping aboard.

Unlike the draft, the UDFA list is somewhat fluid, and other players could get picked up later today or in the coming days. To reiterate: This is not the final list.

Here's what we know right now from various announcements and media reports:

  • LB Jonathan Brown, Arizona Cardinals
  • WR Ryan Lankford, Miami Dolphins
  • TE Evan Wilson, Dallas Cowboys
  • WR Steve Hull, New Orleans Saints
  • WR Spencer Harris, New Orleans Saints
Notes: Illini OT Corey Lewis, who battled knee injuries throughout his career, told Steve Greenberg that several teams are interested in him if he's cleared by doctors.

  • WR Kofi Hughes, Washington Redskins
  • RB Stephen Houston, New England Patriots
Notes: S Greg Heban and K Mitch Ewald have tryouts with the Chicago Bears.

  • LB James Morris, New England Patriots
  • OT Brett Van Sloten, Baltimore Ravens
  • G Conor Boffeli, Minnesota Vikings
  • WR Don Shumpert, Chicago Bears
  • LS Casey Kreiter, Dallas Cowboys
  • LB Marcus Whitfield, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • CB Isaac Goins, Miami Dolphins
  • LB Cam Gordon, New England Patriots
  • S Thomas Gordon, New York Giants
Notes: RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (Baltimore), DT Jibreel Black (Pittsburgh), LS Jareth Glanda (New Orleans) and DT Quinton Washington (Oakland) will have tryouts.

  • LB Denicos Allen, Carolina Panthers
  • S Isaiah Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
  • T/G Dan France, Cincinnati Bengals
  • WR Bennie Fowler, Denver Broncos
  • LB Max Bullough, Houston Texans
  • DT Tyler Hoover, Indianapolis Colts
  • DT Micajah Reynolds, New Orleans Saints
  • OL Fou Fonoti, San Francisco 49ers
Notes: LB Kyler Elsworth has a tryout scheduled with Washington.

  • LB Aaron Hill, St. Louis Rams
  • QB Taylor Martinez, Philadelphia Eagles
  • OT Brent Qvale, New York Jets
  • CB Mohammed Seisay, Detroit Lions
  • DE Jason Ankrah, Houston Texans
  • C Cole Pensick, Kansas City Chiefs
  • OT Jeremiah Sirles, San Diego Chargers
Notes: CB Ciante Evans has yet to sign but will do so soon. DB Andrew Green has a tryout with the Miami Dolphins.

  • WR Kain Colter, Minnesota Vikings
  • K Jeff Budzien, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • WR Rashad Lawrence, Washington Redskins
  • DE Tyler Scott, Minnesota Vikings
  • S C.J. Barnett, New York Giants
  • K Drew Basil, Atlanta Falcons
  • WR Corey Brown, Carolina Panthers
  • G Andrew Norwell, Carolina Panthers
  • G Marcus Hall, Indianapolis Colts
  • WR Chris Fields, Washington Redskins
  • OT Garry Gilliam, Seattle Seahawks
  • LB Glenn Carson, Arizona Cardinals
  • S Malcolm Willis, San Diego Chargers
Notes: OT Adam Gress will have a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • DE Greg Latta, Denver Broncos
  • S Rob Henry, Oakland Raiders
  • G Devin Smith, San Diego Chargers
  • DT Bruce Gaston Jr., Arizona Cardinals
Notes: P Cody Webster will have a tryout with Pittsburgh.

  • WR Brandon Coleman, New Orleans Saints
  • WR Quron Pratt, Philadelphia Eagles
  • LB Jamal Merrell, Tennessee Titans
  • DE Marcus Thompson, Miami Dolphins
  • S Jeremy Deering, New England Patriots
Notes: According to Dan Duggan, DE Jamil Merrell (Bears) and G Antwan Lowery (Baltimore) will have tryouts.

  • G/T Ryan Groy, Chicago Bears
  • TE Jacob Pedersen Atlanta Falcons
  • TE Brian Wozniak, Atlanta Falcons
  • DE Ethan Hemer, Pittsburgh Steelers
Quick thoughts: Martinez's future as an NFL quarterback has been heavily scrutinized, but Chip Kelly's Eagles are a fascinating destination for him. Whether he plays quarterback or another position like safety, Kelly will explore ways to use Martinez's speed. ... The large Michigan State contingent is still a bit startling. The Spartans dominated the Big Ten, beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl, use pro-style systems on both sides of the ball and had just one player drafted. Bullough, Allen and Lewis all were multiple All-Big Ten selections but will have to continue their careers through the UDFA route. ... Colter certainly looked like a draft pick during Senior Bowl practices in January, but that was before his ankle surgery and his role in leading the unionization push at Northwestern. I tend to think the injury impacted his status more, but NFL teams have been known to shy away from so-called locker-room lawyers. ... Other Big Ten standouts like Jonathan Brown, Morris and Pedersen were surprisingly not drafted. Morris should be a great fit in New England. ... Coleman's decision to leave Rutgers early looks questionable now that he didn't get drafted.

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March, 13, 2014
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What we learned: Week 12

November, 17, 2013
Here are three things we learned about the Wolverines in their triple OT win over Northwestern:

1. The offensive is still in a bad place. With an emotional win and some big plays made down the stretch, the knee-jerk reaction to the game might be something along the lines of content and happiness. However, quarterback Devin Gardner was 24-of-43 and five or six of those incompletions could have been intercepted. And then, he was sacked five times, which yes, is an improvement for the offensive line from the previous two weeks in which he was sacked seven times each game, but it is still too high of a number. Michigan was 3-of-17 on third-down conversions and couldn't even get into the end zone after Northwestern's punter gave the Wolverines a gift of a eight-yard punt from his own end zone. Michigan needed to go 10 yards to get into the end zone and it ended up settling for a field goal. This offense -- even with this win -- is in a bad place right now.

2. "Put me in, Coach, I'm ready to play." The Wolverines played two true freshmen at running back and gained 120 yards on the ground between them, which was way more effective than anything Fitzgerald Toussaint has done of late. True freshman tight end Jake Butt caught his first TD pass of the season (and the Wolverines' only touchdown of the game) in a game in which Jeremy Gallon had his fair share of drops. The Michigan coaching staff has been very loyal to its upperclassmen but there is definitely some talent in the young guys on this team and throughout the season it has emerged more and more. It'll be interesting to see how much attention these younger players get over the next few weeks.

3. The defense showed the improvements Greg Mattison has been talking about. The Michigan defense has been talking about playing a complete game, about the difference between almost making a play and making a play, about the defense they want to be -- and for the most part, that's what it produced against Northwestern. The Wolverines recorded two sacks, including a huge 14-yard sack in triple overtime from Jibreel Black. That sack led to Michigan's one interception, a play made by Thomas Gordon. And the Wolverines accounted for six tackles for losses. It wasn't a perfect game, but it was far closer to what Mattison has been preaching than anything we've seen recently.

Week 8 helmet stickers

October, 20, 2013
Michigan took care of the Hoosiers on Saturday, 63-47. The Wolverines' offensive performance was spectacular, but their defensive performance didn't quite live up to Michigan’s standards. All in all, they walked away with a win and now have a bye week to fix the problems that have emerged. Here are three players who weren’t problems for Michigan on Saturday and earned themselves helmet stickers for their performances.

WR Jeremy Gallon. The senior set a Big Ten record with 369 receiving yards. He said he didn’t really sense he was on the verge of a record, and after the game guessed how many yards he had accounted for and said “200 or maybe 250." Gallon was the main target for the Wolverines receiving corps against the Hoosiers. Just seven games into his final season he has already surpassed his previous season bests for yardage and touchdowns.

QB Devin Gardner. The junior threw for a program-record 503 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions while adding 81 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. His 584 yards of total offense was also a program record and was one yard shy of the conference total-yardage record. Gardner put together a consistent game while playing behind a new offensive line (new starters at both guard positions) and commanded the offense to show up in big moments.

S Thomas Gordon. His stat line was pretty bare -- no tackles, no pass break ups, no fumble recoveries. But his two fourth-quarter interceptions came in defining moments for this team. Gordon's first pick was with just under eight minutes remaining and with the Wolverines clinging to a two-point lead. Just a few plays earlier, Gardner had fumbled the snap and the Hoosiers had recovered at the two-yard line. With Michigan needing a play, Gordon picked of IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld at the 35-yard line and returned it 30 yards, setting up the Wolverines for a touchdown. A few possessions later, Gordon picked off QB Tre Roberson at the 6-yard line and returned it 11 yards, giving the Wolverines some breathing room with a nine-point lead.
Saturday night, No. 17 Michigan and No. 14 Notre Dame face off for the last time in Michigan Stadium. Several words have been exchanged by the coaches and players leading up to this game, but Saturday night -- under the lights -- will afford both teams the opportunity to back up what has been said.

Both teams enter the game with a big win over a smaller opponent in week one, and week two should offer higher competition.

Up front, Notre Dame’s talented defensive line, anchored by the 340-pound Louis Nix III, should present a challenge for the Wolverines offensive line, which features three interior linemen who saw their first starts last week. All-American Taylor Lewan will have his hands full with Stephon Tuitt as the two battle in front of what will likely be countless NFL scouts.

Alternatively, the Michigan defensive line will also be able to measure itself up against a stout Notre Dame offensive front. In a 59-9 win over Central Michigan, the Wolverines’ defensive front looked vastly improved with not only its four-man rush but also with more blitz schemes -- expect defensive coordinator Greg Mattison to get creative with what he throws at Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees.

Rees will be facing a Michigan secondary which didn’t play either starting safety against Central Michigan. However, strong safety Thomas Gordon returns from his one-game suspension and free safety Courtney Avery returns after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago.

Devin Gardner's challenge on offense doesn’t get any easier with Notre Dame’s stout front seven and its talented secondary. But in front of a home crowd that could likely surpass the stadium’s record (set two years ago at this same game -- 114,804), Gardner will have plenty of support.

The two teams face off at 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.

Big Ten lunchtime links

September, 4, 2013
We've come this far, for us. What's one more?

Michigan season preview

August, 19, 2013
Can Michigan make the jump from the cusp to an actual Big Ten championship game? A look at the 2013 Wolverines:


Coach: Brady Hoke (66-57, 19-7)

2012 record: 8-5

Key losses: QB/RB Denard Robinson; WR Roy Roundtree; RG Patrick Omameh; C Elliott Mealer; DE Craig Roh; DT Will Campbell; MLB Kenny Demens; CB J.T. Floyd; S Jordan Kovacs

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comCould running back Derrick Green be the key to Michigan's season? The touted freshman is expected to compete for the starting job right away.
Key returnees: QB Devin Gardner; RB Fitzgerald Toussaint; WR Jeremy Gallon; TE Devin Funchess; LT Taylor Lewan; RT Michael Schofield; DT Quinton Washington; DE Frank Clark; LB Jake Ryan (injured); LB Desmond Morgan; CB Blake Countess; CB Raymon Taylor; S Thomas Gordon

Newcomer to watch: There are a couple of freshmen who could see major snaps for Michigan, but the most notable is running back Derrick Green. He will push Toussaint for the starting job immediately and could end up as the featured back by the end of the season. The other two freshmen who could see major time are early enrollees: defensive back Dymonte Thomas and tight end Jake Butt. Neither will likely start, but both will be key reserves or used in subpackages.

Biggest games in 2013: Michigan had all of its key games on the road last season. This year, the Wolverines will have their two toughest games at home: Notre Dame on Sept. 7, and Ohio State on Nov. 30 in the regular-season closer. The Buckeyes, though, cap a difficult month for the Wolverines, who have trips to Michigan State on Nov. 2 and Northwestern on Nov. 16.

Biggest question mark heading into 2013: Who will run the ball? As the Wolverines complete their transition to a pro-style offense, they need a capable running back lining up behind quarterback Gardner. Considering the importance of play-action in what they will try to do offensively, they will need a back to gain yards to keep the whole offense balanced and a defense confused. The main candidates are Toussaint and Green, with freshman De'Veon Smith, redshirt freshman Drake Johnson and junior Thomas Rawls also pushing for time.

Forecast: Good. Like most teams that are near the end of a rebuilding phase, depth at certain positions is questionable, which means anything written here would be for naught if Gardner, Gallon or Lewan were injured for any length of time. Provided those three offensive stalwarts stay healthy, the Wolverines have a strong shot at making a run to the Big Ten championship game.

Michigan’s season could come down to whether it can beat Michigan State and Northwestern on the road. It is entirely possible that by the time the Wolverines and Buckeyes play in the regular-season finale that both will have wrapped up divisional titles and Big Ten title game trips. The best news for Michigan in all of this is how the schedule breaks down. After Notre Dame in Week 2, the Wolverines have only one real challenge -- at Penn State -- until November. This will allow a young offensive line to gain confidence and chemistry, and a young defensive line a chance to figure out how to beat Big Ten linemen.

A road win at any of those three places could lift Michigan into a different level, because one of the major issues with coach Brady Hoke has been his inability to win a game of any significance away from Michigan Stadium, where he has yet to lose.

Michigan safety Thomas Gordon talks about the outlook for the Wolverines secondary and the priorities for the defense this preseason.
Fitzgerald ToussaintLon Horwedell/Icon SMIFitzgerald Toussaint has been Michigan's starting tailback the last two seasons. But a broken leg suffered last year, along with talented youngsters behind him, has him in a fight for his job.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As Denard Robinson adjusts to his new role as an offensive weapon playing a little bit of everywhere in Jacksonville, Michigan officially will begin its A.D. era as camp opens this weekend.

While Robinson’s replacement at quarterback, Devin Gardner, is set, much around him will be new or contested. Michigan will unveil a more fine-tuned version of the pro-style offense it ran last season with new linemen, new wide receivers and possibly a new running back to go with it.

The defense will be playing for the first time in the Brady Hoke era without Kenny Demens at middle linebacker and Jordan Kovacs at safety as the defensive anchors.

So here’s at some things to pay attention to over the next three weeks as Michigan prepares for its opener against Central Michigan on Aug. 31.

Top position battles

Running back: One of four positions on the Wolverines with no clear hierarchy entering camp, as any one of five players could potentially win the job. Redshirt senior Fitzgerald Toussaint is the incumbent, but is coming off a broken leg which ended his junior season. Freshmen Derrick Green and Deveon Smith could both see playing time and will likely compete with Toussaint for the majority of the carries. Junior Thomas Rawls, who has yet to show a true burst in two seasons, is another possibility if he has improved. The wild card here might be redshirt freshman Drake Johnson, who has track speed -- he was an elite high school hurdler -- and a good frame. He likely won’t win the job but could end up stealing carries.

Strong side defensive end: Keith Heitzman is likely entering camp as the leader here, but that’s a very tenuous lead at best. He has the most experience of the players competing at end, but the youth behind him will likely at least win a share of playing time. Chris Wormley, who, like senior Jibreel Black, could play both inside and outside, is a candidate here. Wormley was a player who many thought could have played as a true freshman last year before tearing his ACL. Two other redshirt freshmen, Matt Godin and Tom Strobel, are also candidates here. Much like what could happen at rush end with Frank Clark, Mario Ojemudia and Taco Charlton, you could end up seeing a three-man rotation here unless someone stands out heavily.

Defensive tackle: Quinton Washington is set at one position. The other, like the strong side end, is wide open. Like at end, Wormley and Black could make big moves here -- and Black might be the presumptive starter entering camp. Watch for Willie Henry to make a move. The redshirt freshman impressed last season’s seniors and he has the size to be a large complement to Washington. When Michigan goes jumbo, sophomore Ondre Pipkins, who will likely be in a rotation with Washington, could see time next to him.

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Thomas GordonLon Horwedell/Icon SMIThomas Gordon is one of the most experienced players on the Michigan roster and will be counted upon to lead in the secondary.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As Michigan’s preseason approaches at the end of this week, WolverineNation takes a look at the 10 players who are most indispensable for the Wolverines this season. This doesn’t mean the most talented players, but rather the players that if Michigan lost them, the team would be in the most trouble.

Redshirt senior safety Thomas Gordon was one of three players sent to the Big Ten Media Days, which generally means he’s a guy we’ll hear from a lot this season (which means he’ll probably be playing quite a bit, too, when he’s not talking to the media).

CHICAGO -- The confidence Devin Gardner has, the understanding he possesses about being Michigan’s starting quarterback, began with an interception -- on the road, late in the season, in the first quarter of his first career start.

Minnesota picked him off, and the one-time wide receiver went to the sideline. As he stewed, his predecessor at the position, Denard Robinson, pulled him aside and gave him a quick talk. The message had a lasting influence, even now, as Gardner has become the point man of the Michigan offense.

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Lon Horwedel/Icon SMIDevin Gardner, left, didn't fully own the Michigan quarterback job until former teammate Denard Robinson told him to take over.
“He was the guy, and he told me this was my team during the Minnesota game,” Gardner said. “He told me to take over and treat it as such. Ever since then, that’s how I looked at it and beyond.”

Publicly, Gardner still insisted late last season that it was Robinson’s team, saying so when asked directly. Personally, Robinson’s conversation propelled Gardner to believe the offense was his own.

Gardner played like it, compiling a 3-2 record and completing 75 of 126 passes for 1,219 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

More than numbers, how Gardner worked through games and progressions in passing displayed the talent his coach, Brady Hoke, knew he had. Hoke’s initial issue with Gardner was that the quarterback didn't understand how Hoke wanted him to handle himself, in workouts, in practice and in games.

“Early in Devin’s career, Devin’s biggest enemy was Devin,” Hoke said.

At one point, Hoke threatened Gardner, telling him he might want to find another place to play. Hoke didn’t see the work ethic he wanted, and there was a small personality clash between the gregarious Gardner and the straight-laced coach.

Combine it with Gardner as the clear backup, and there would be reason for frustration. When he did play, one mistake could force him into another, because his opportunities were limited.

“He wasn’t happy with the way I was leading and the way I was performing,” Gardner said. “That’s happened with plenty of players in a lot of different programs. But I was determined to change his mind and help them have a different outlook on me.

“It was a long time ago. He didn’t really know me.”

Quarterback and coach became more comfortable with each other. Both, in Hoke’s words, matured. It culminated in Gardner choosing to move to receiver last season so he could get on the field.

Hoke saw Gardner work as a receiver after playing quarterback his entire life. Gardner learned a different part of playing football by being the guy who had to run routes instead of the one throwing them.

After Robinson was hurt against Nebraska on Oct. 27, Gardner came in the next week with a different understanding of what he wanted and needed to do. The verbal support from Robinson helped.

Then Gardner, who was the No. 5 quarterback in his high school class, became the quarterback he once expected to be when he left Inkster High School in Detroit. He became a starter.

“He doesn’t have that pressure of sharing time or changing positions,” safety Thomas Gordon said. “I think he feels a whole lot more comfortable. He’s a little less erratic at times.”

His teammates noticed, as he now jokes about his time moonlighting as a receiver. It is obvious in the way he carries himself and how he answers questions from the media.

He impressed George Whitfield Jr., the quarterback guru he worked with during the summer. Gardner said both Peyton and Archie Manning told him they were impressed with him after he worked out and coached kids at the Manning Passing Academy. He also is quick to add that the team he coached scored 42 points in a game, and kids wanted to play on his team by the end of the camp.

Gardner, though, is realistic. He is aware that while he has shown improvement, there are still things he hasn’t proved or doesn’t know yet. He has, after all, only started five games at quarterback.

“It’s always going to be that question mark,” Gardner said. “I haven’t won the big game. I haven’t really done much.”

For a while, he didn’t have his opportunity. Now he does, as more than another quarterback at Michigan or in the Big Ten; rather, as a player who is turning into the well-spoken, sharp-dressed face of the Wolverines' program.
CHICAGO -- Michigan’s running back questions won’t be answered next week, but the Wolverines are hoping they are going to start to sort out who will be running the ball for them soon after.

And one of those candidates, Fitzgerald Toussaint, is close to entirely back to health.

“He’s been working hard under the radar,” safety Thomas Gordon said. “Getting back from that leg injury. He’s a hard worker and I can’t wait to see him get back on that field because we hated to see him go out last year.

Fitzgerald Toussaint
Mike DiNovo/US PresswireFitzgerald Toussaint is close to being recovered from a broken leg but has yet to face contact.
“He’s been working so hard since then to get back on the field.”

Gordon said Toussaint has his speed and has cut well, but the redshirt senior from Youngstown, Ohio, has yet to take an actual hit with pads on since he broke his leg against Iowa on Nov. 17, 2012.

He missed spring practice rehabbing but insisted by the end of the spring he was close to being healthy. He rushed for 1,041 yards as a sophomore but struggled last season, rushing for only 514 yards and five touchdowns.

Toussaint will end up competing in the fall with freshmen Derrick Green and Deveon Smith. Between the three of them, one of them should end up winning the job.

“We haven’t seen too much of the freshmen,” Gordon said. “But from what I hear from my strength coaches, they have been working hard.”

Hoke happier with depth

When Brady Hoke took over at Michigan in 2011, the depth at his favorite positions -- the offensive and defensive lines -- was non-existent. They barely had enough to field a team on an actual game day and the depth was littered with walk-ons.

This season, Hoke’s third in Ann Arbor, he feels a lot better about both his line play and the amount of guys around. Michigan’s depth, despite the lack of a release of an actual depth chart, should have scholarship players throughout the two-deep on both offense and defense.

“Our numbers are up,” Hoke said. “I think our competition throughout spring. I think the competition that, in how they did things through summer have improved both positions, particularly the interior of the offensive line and the interior of the defensive line.”

While he hasn’t been able to watch any of the competition for the three open interior offensive line spots yet -- Ben Braden and Kyle Kalis are the presumed leaders at guard and Jack Miller at center -- he knows what he would like to see from them by the end of August.

Hitting. A lot of hitting.

“I want to see them knock people off the football and finish blocks,” Hoke said. “And not do it with good humor.”

Poole done playing football

Michigan linebacker Antonio Poole, who redshirted as a freshman and then missed last season with a pectoral injury, will no longer play for the Wolverines.

He will remain with the program, however, as a student assistant coach. The Cincinnati native was the No. 41 linebacker in his class coming out of Winton Woods High School. He was not expected to contribute this season.

Fresh ideas: Safety 

July, 19, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Can a true freshman really contribute at the college level? Is it easier to do so at one position than another? WolverineNation is breaking down the probabilities of playing time and projections of the Wolverines’ freshmen, position by position. Today, we look at safety.

What it takes for a true freshman safety to play:
A lot. Less than a handful of true freshmen made a strong impact in the last line of the Michigan defense. And even then, they didn’t have great success. One moved to receiver. One transferred soon after his freshman success.

That said, safety is a spot where freshmen could end up getting significant playing time in the future, especially as Michigan employs more nickel packages to combat spread offenses. It will be a position to watch.

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WolverineNation Roundtable 

June, 6, 2013
Byrd StadiumMark Goldman/Icon SMIMichigan will make its first trip to Maryland's Byrd Stadium for the 2015 B1G opener.
Every Thursday our writers sit down and discuss a few topics surrounding Michigan athletics. However, with the summer upon us, vacations are here and Mike is relaxing this week so with this roundtable we invited in WolverineNation editor Bob McClellan.

1. The Big Ten released its 2015 conference schedule on Monday. What struck you initially about the match ups?

Bob McClellan: The opener at Maryland. It’s the first opportunity for Michigan ever to play in College Park, and the Baltimore/D.C. area is an important one in which to recruit. Current Wolverines Blake Countess (Our Lady of Good Counsel) and Henry Poggi (The Gilman School) are from the area, and Michigan offered two of Countess’ former teammates who were members of the ESPN 150 in 2013. It’s reasonable to believe playing at Maryland every other year could pay recruiting dividends.

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WolverineNation Mailbag 

June, 4, 2013
The summer is here, which means speculation and recruiting really starts to pick up. Michigan held its one-day elite basketball camp Saturday, and the football team has its camp later this month.

So recruiting rules this week's Mailbag, comprised of your questions. Have questions for the mailbag? Send them to @chanteljennings on Twitter or jenningsespn@gmail.com.

Now on to this week's questions:

KobeFan45 from The Den: With the basketball team reaching the national title game last season, what are the chances Michigan signs a five-star recruit?

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