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Posted on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 5:09 p.m.

Quarterback Devin Gardner not enrolling early at Michigan; 6 recruits do

By Dave Birkett

Inkster quarterback Devin Gardner said Wednesday he is not enrolling at Michigan this semester.

"I just wasn't able to do it," Gardner said. "Obviously, I was hoping to get it through, but I was obviously prepared for it" not happening.

Gardner, the nation's top-rated dual-threat quarterback according to, said he still expects to compete for a starting job next year.

Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson will split snaps during spring practice.

Six 2010 recruits did enroll early Wednesday. Wide receivers Jeremy Jackson, Jerald Robinson and Ricardo Miller, running backs Stephen Hopkins and Austin White, and offensive lineman Christian Pace started classes on Wednesday.

Gardner said earlier this week he's excited about the offensive talent Michigan has acquired.

"We got some good guys," he said. "Even the guys that are already there are really young so we’re going to be a good team when we work together and make each other better in practice and then when the game comes it’s no problem."

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Fri, Jan 8, 2010 : 11:08 p.m.

I have a feeling DG will stay with UM. Notre Dame may run the spread but they dont run it like RR scheme. Notre dame is all pass wit QB no QB draws and options. DG is a perfect prospect for RR scheme. Cornelius jones and Blake Sims are QBs that are also perfect but not the #1 dual threat QB like DG. Cant wait till next year RR is getting players on Defese also so lets see next year GO BLUE!!!!


Thu, Jan 7, 2010 : 10:32 p.m.

Platoon Forcier and Gardner. use Robinson in wildcat or as a wingback. Powerful offense.

Sean T.

Thu, Jan 7, 2010 : 3:17 p.m.

2013? I certainly hope for bowl games in between there. I hope DG doesn't de-commit since ND doesn't have a healthy scholarship QB. I heard Brian Kelly is very fond of him plus they run the spread too! An offer from ND could be attractive so let's hope RR has him locked up.

Man in the Mirror

Thu, Jan 7, 2010 : 2:15 p.m.

RR will recruit heavily next year for defense. He's getting his offense together first. Be patient....2013.


Thu, Jan 7, 2010 : 8:23 a.m.

Hopefully he won't have too much time on his hands. That could bring trouble.


Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 10:44 p.m.

Well, it's not RichRod who chooses who comes in early. It's up to the kids themselves to accelerate their schooling. Marvin Robinson was suppose to come in early, but that's not happening now. He was definitely a key piece on defense to get in early.


Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 8:17 p.m.

It is a shame they seem to be mostly if not all offensive players. You wonder when Rich Rod will realize defense win championships. We needed 6 or 7 defensive players in early to get practice in spring. Offense might have some talent coming in but will need to score 100 points a game to win.


Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 8:11 p.m.

Looks like Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame are talking to him. I wonder if he will decommit?


Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 7:11 p.m.

Too bad he couldn't. Can't wait to see this kid ripping apart defenses. Hopefully he is as smart as he is good and gets on that playbook right away.


Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 7:11 p.m.

Crap, It would have been a helluva spring game. Devin vs. Tate.


Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 7:04 p.m.

Add running back/slot receiver commitment Tony Drake to the list of those who will not be coming to Michigan, either, per MGoBlog recruiting guru TomVH. He didn't specify why, but based on internet talk over the weeks it's most likely grade issues (it's January of his senior year and the kid apparently still hasn't even taken the ACT/SAT yet!). So re-open one schollie. Some people always wonder why RichRod continues to recruit so many players to the end. This is exactly one of those reasons why.


Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 6:12 p.m.

positive,positive and more positive the first step in the right direction.


Wed, Jan 6, 2010 : 5:51 p.m.

Awe shucks :0/ Great attitude, can't wait til DG makes it in and starts doing his thing.