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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Michigan's 2011 football recruiting class

The following list includes the 20 players who signed a National Letter Intent to play for Michigan on Wednesday, as a part of new head coach Brady Hoke's first class. (To read more on Hoke's Signing Day, click here.)

At his press conference, Hoke mentioned an intentional emphasis on big offensive linemen (like Tony Posada and Chris Bryant), as well as running backs (Thomas Rawls and Justice Hayes). More than that, though, there was a definitive stress on players to fill out the defense, which will return to the traditional 4-3 scheme under Hoke and coordinator Greg Mattison. Of the 20 commits, 12 are on defense.

Chris BarnettTE6-5250Hurst, Texas (L.D. Bell)Gary Olivo
Russell BellomyQB6-3178Arlington, Texas (Martin)Bob Wager
Brennen BeyerDE6-3225Plymouth CantonMike Swachuck
Greg BrownDB5-10180Fremont, Ohio (Ross)Derek Kidwell
Chris BryantOL6-4330Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)Dante Culbreath
Tamani CarterDB5-11175Pickerington, Ohio (Central)Jay Sharrett
Frank ClarkLB6-2210Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)Ted Ginn Sr.
Blake CountessDB5-10175Owings Mills, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)Bob Milloy
Justice HayesRB5-10175Grand Blanc Joe Delaney
Keith HeitzmanDE6-3237Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Davidson)Brian White
Delonte HollowellDB5-9170Detroit Cass TechThomas Wilcher
Kellen JonesLB6-1215Houston, Texas (St. Pius X)Jason Kimball
Jack MillerOL6-4268Perrysburg, Ohio (St. John's Jesuit)Doug Pearson
Desmond MorganLB6-1225Holland West OttawaJim Caserta
Antonio PooleLB6-2210Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods)Andre Parker
Tony PosadaOL6-4330Tampa, Fla. (Plant)Rob Weiner
Thomas RawlsRB5-10220Flint NorthernFred Jackson Jr.
Chris RockDE6-5250Columbus, Ohio (St. Francis DeSales)Ryan Wiggins
Raymon TaylorDB5-10170Highland ParkCedric Dertch
Matt WileK6-2210San Diego, Calif. (Francis Parker)John Morrison
(List taken in its entirety from

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