Cornerback recruit Adrian Witty still hoping to be a Wolverine
Cornerback recruit Adrian Witty, who never made it to campus as a non-qualifier this fall, still hopes to join Michigan next year, his former high school coach said Thursday.
“I stay in contact what Witty all the time and he’s excited about trying to get back up to Michigan,” former Deerfield Beach (Fla.) coach Art Taylor said. “And that’s someone that I think Michigan misses right now because Adrian can fly. He was the only kid that could beat Shoelace in a race.”
Witty, a prep teammate of current Michigan quarterback Denard “Shoelace” Robinson, was expected to contend for playing time this year in Michigan’s thin secondary, a group that took another hit this week when cornerback Boubacar Cissoko was dismissed for violating team rules.
Witty, Robinson and running back Cassius McDowell, currently a senior at Deerfield Beach, were members of the school’s state championship 4x100-meter relay team, Taylor said.
“Before Witty got injured there was times he could beat Denard in a race,” Taylor said. “That’s flying. And Adrian Witty is such a great, great kid also.”
Witty is currently in Florida taking classes in an effort to boost his SAT score, Taylor said.
McDowell told PalmettoSports.com that “Michigan is recruiting me the hardest” among a group of schools that includes South Carolina, West Virginia and UConn.
The Wolverines already have three running back commitments for 2010 in Livonia Stevenson's Austin White and Texas prep stars Tony Drake and Stephen Hopkins.
Robinson, by the way, has a younger brother, Tevon, a high school sophomore, who plays running back and defensive back for Taylor at Zion Lutheran in Deerfield Beach.
"Speed runs in the family," Taylor said.
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