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Posted on Sat, May 7, 2011 : 6:47 p.m.

Michigan football picks up two defensive commitments for class of 2012

By Michael Rothstein

The Michigan football team's defensive recruiting haul for the class of 2012 grew again Saturday when defensive ends Mario Ojemudia and Pharaoh Brown committed to the Wolverines, according to multiple reports.

Ojemudia (6-foot-3, 215-pounds), from Farmington Hills Harrison, picked Michigan over Michigan State, Illinois, Stanford and Syracuse.

Brown (6-6, 220), from Lyndhurst, Ohio, chose the Wolverines over West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Michigan State among others.

The defensive ends are the ninth and 10th members of Michigan's 2012 recruiting class. Six are defensive players, including four linebackers.

All 10 members of the class are from Michigan or Ohio.

Junior year highlights for Brown:

Drill work of Brown:

Junior highlight video from 24/7 Sports on Ojemudia:

More highlights



Mon, May 9, 2011 : 7:33 p.m.

Theo, I think it's your time to find an arena football team to cheer for and "support". They score lots of points so I'm sure you will like that alot. Leave the cheering for real football to the fans who know the game.


Sun, May 8, 2011 : 10:48 p.m.

Anybody else thinking: We could have been here three years ago. Still, it's better to dwell on what is than on what might have been. I have a reasonable chance of living past 2012 so I can really start thinking: the best is yet to come. And that's because, as someone said, This is Michigan. :-)


Sun, May 8, 2011 : 6:39 p.m.

Hey ERMG, to answer your previous question on when was the last time U-M was shut out, I believe it was during the 1977 season when Minn beat us 16-0 while we were ranked #1 Nationally. Suffice it to say, that game broke my heart Fredo!!! It broke my heart!!! For non movie fans, Fredo was Michael Corleone's brother in "The Godfather".

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, May 10, 2011 : 9:57 p.m.

@Mick, "The Godfather" is the source of all truth! ;-) Good Night and Good Luck


Tue, May 10, 2011 : 2:45 a.m.

ERMG, that was a legendary post my man!!! You are talented my friend, I could envision that conversation in my head from both the movie scene and how it would have went down in your scenario. Brilliant and eerie at the same time!! I would love to be able to meet some of you guys and have a cigar with a nice bottle of single malt scotch and just share stories and jokes and memories. At least we can thank for allowing us to banter like this in this forum.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Tue, May 10, 2011 : 1:14 a.m.

One night in January 2011 Brandon: My credit good enough to buy you out? WCiMFH: Buy me out? [Tater, Lorraine, and Dusty laugh nervously] Brandon: The locker room, the weight room. The Big House. The Michigan Family wants to buy you out. WCiMFH: The Michigan Family wants to buy me out? No, I buy you out, you don't buy me out. Brandon: Your football team stinks, maybe we can do better. WCiMFH: You think I'm throwin' games, Dave? Brandon: [Brandon shakes his head] You're unlucky. Good Night and Good Luck


Mon, May 9, 2011 : 4:45 p.m.

Alright, Blu n Tpa, getting in on the The Godfather references, cool, very cool. Yeah, those plaza tolls can be quite deadly and no one wants to go swimming with the fishes either!! Oh, also, TiM Go Blue!!!

Blu n Tpa

Mon, May 9, 2011 : 11:53 a.m.

Whatever you do, don't let Coach Carr go fishing with anyone from the MCC. And remember, "I'm with you now...", Coach Hoke, so don't go off by yourself to any toll plaza. During the last meeting between DB and the WCiMFH, the soon to be ex-coach was heard to say, "I missed my chance, give me too much credit." DB then stood up and went to the men's roon? The rest is history.


Sun, May 8, 2011 : 8:18 p.m.

That's hilarious ERMG, I like the way you and I are volleying how everything is Carr's fault back and forth. Also, I figured a learned man such as yourself would get the "Godfather" reference. Good Night and Good Luck

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Sun, May 8, 2011 : 7:41 p.m.

Understood exactly the Godfather reference. And thanks (NOT!!!) for the memory. I do recall it now that you've brought it up. Must have been Lloyd Carr's fault. Good Night and Good Luck


Sun, May 8, 2011 : 10:52 a.m.

Let's go to the tape ... total defense and total offense for national champtionship teams back to 2003: 2010 - Auburn - Total D: #60 -- Total O: #6 2009 - Alabama - Total D: #2 -- Total O: #20 2008 - Florida - Total D: #9 -- Total O: #3 2007 - LSU - Total D: #3 -- Total O: #12 2006 - Florida - Total D: #6 -- Total O: #32 2005 - Texas - Total D: #5 -- Total O: #1 2004 - USC - Total D: #2 -- Total O: #7 2003 - LSU - Total D: #1 -- Total O: #14 Defense ranked higher than offense: 5 teams out of 8 Offense ranked higher than offense: 3 teams out of 8 Of those 3 teams where offense ranked higher defense, two (2005 Texas and 2008 Florida) *also* had a top-10 defense. Only Auburn in 2010 had an imbalance where offense was top 10 but defense was poor. Auburn was very, very lucky in 2010. Replay the 2010 season and Auburn repeats as national champion *maybe* 1 time out of 10. Maybe. Oregon, who everyone hails as a great "spread" offense did indeed have the #1 offense ... and the #14 defense. Some balance. West Virginia 2007 under RR (except for bowl game) -- a very good team -- #11 in offense, #7 in defense. Again, balance. It's rare to win "crystal" with a poor defense and just offense. It's rare to win "crystal" with a poor offense and just defense. There's this thing called "balance". And I am 100% certain Hoke and staff know this. We are in good hands.


Wed, May 11, 2011 : 5:37 p.m.

Auburn's D seemed to play better as the year went on, especially when it counted ... they came up big in the 2nd half against Alabama, and they played fairly well against Oregon. I was a little surprised to see that it was as low as 60th, but then I saw they gave up alot of points in 4 or 5 games.


Mon, May 9, 2011 : 7:48 p.m.

Before I started to compile the stats I knew that Auburn had a weak defense in 2011. The one that surprised me was 2006 Florida. Everyone thinks of the Tebow years as powerhouse *offensive* teams. They were good, no doubt ... but #32 in total offense is not "great" by most standards. But in 2006 Florida's REAL weapon was a great defense.


Mon, May 9, 2011 : 7:36 p.m.

Great post with great facts ... unfortunately it won't do any good for some.


Sun, May 8, 2011 : 1:22 a.m.

Seems like these kids have great potential and welcome to Michigan! We need offensive linemen in this class still. We can afford to be picky at the skill positions (it would be nice to get Kiel and Dunn but I think they're longshots). Hopefully Burbridge has the grades to get in (and we can steal him from Sparty).

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Sun, May 8, 2011 : 12:20 a.m.

True fans of the game of football understand and enjoy good defensive ball. Impatient children, on the other hand . . . . Good Night and Good Luck


Sun, May 8, 2011 : 12:09 a.m.

With offense ignored, The fans shall be bored. We went to the game, But we snored and we snored. Losing 21-0 is no different than losing 52-14.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Sun, May 8, 2011 : 9:11 p.m.

It wasn't last!!!!! It was 110/120!!!! Certainly good enough for a run at the NC!!! Good Night and Good Luck


Sun, May 8, 2011 : 5:32 p.m.

with a defense ranked last in FBS, the offense had better not be the center of attention.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Sun, May 8, 2011 : 3:19 p.m.

When, exactly, was the last time the Wolverines lost 21-0? I know the last time that we lost 52-14. Much more recent, that. Good Night and Good Luck


Sat, May 7, 2011 : 11:10 p.m.

Hey Mike, I beat you to the punch, I announced it on an earlier thread. I guess I work with you now, Lol!!! Go Blue, what a class this is turning out to be. The Future is finally looking bright!!!!


Sat, May 7, 2011 : 11:32 p.m.

Seriously ... I am geeked about this focus on defense. AND the size of these guys. Love it.