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Posted on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 7:50 p.m.

Ohio defensive back Tamani Carter is Brady Hoke's first Michigan football recruit

By Staff

Updated with quotes at 8:50 p.m.

Tamani Carter, a cornerback from Pickerington (Ohio) Central, is reportedly the first recruit to verbally commit to new Michigan football coach Brady Hoke.

Carter, a three-star recruit, changed his commitment from Minnesota to Michigan and committed to the Wolverines this week, his coach, Jay Sharrett said.

"When coach Hoke took over," Sharrett said. "It happened pretty quick."

Listed at 6-foot and 175-pounds, Carter had 55 tackles and three interceptions - two returned for touchdown - during his senior season at Pickerington Central. As a receiver, Carter caught 25 passes for more than 300 yards.

Carter was a three-year starter for Pickerington Central at cornerback. Sharrett said he opened eyes during his junior year, both in football and in track when teams saw him run.

"He's a corner that doesn't, he kind of enjoys the physical part of the game," Sharrett said. "He's a good, solid tackler and when it comes time to drive his shoulder pads, he'll do that.

"I think that's what makes him appealing to a lot of schools."

Sharrett said Carter is planning on visiting Michigan this weekend.

Michigan men's basketball reporter Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.

Michigan football recruiting commitments



Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 4:58 p.m.

azwolverine Michigan has plenty of CB's it's the beef up fron, the strength outside, the toughness and speed in the middle of the D that's lacking.

shane smith

Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 4:22 p.m.

Dewayne,I understand where you are coming from on D-rob.I told a person close to the program i was glad that he is going to stay,then he gave me this info,Please don't shoot the messenger.I hope he stays,because its the best place for him.Boise State's program was built on 3 star kids.These Recruiting services are a farce.Let me tell you how it works,the charge a school for these services,and if you don't pay for there service,they down grade your class.I just don't like a kid thats coming from a losing program,they have been losing for a reason.BAD PLAYERS=BAD COACHES.I maybe wrong on this,hope i am.But we will wait and see.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 1:25 p.m.

Buckeyes didn't approach him to slow


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 12:14 p.m.

Jaysham Why don't Michigan just recruit 3 star players since it's all about molding them to be tough nosed. Oh wasn't that what Barwis was doing? We saw how that worked out. The need on D is DT's DE's and LB's. The more stars the better.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 10:30 p.m.

Barwis was the strength and conditioning coach. He was the one coach not fired along with Rich Rod for a reason: He got results. And I love how you tell us what the needs on D are by stating EVERYTHING but the position that needs the most work, defensive back. Shows great awareness on your part.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 1:31 p.m.

NoBowl, You didn't like the old coach...he's gone. Hoke gets his first recruit and already I sense a negative vibe. Just because he got a 3 star CB doesn't mean he's only going after 3 star CB's and that's it. I'm sure he would love to get some 4 and 5 star DT's, DE's, LB's, etc. It's late in the game and most of those guys are gone already, Hoke's doing the best he can to put a defense together (that also needs DB's, by the way). Sometimes, the glass is actually half full.

Sean T.

Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 6:02 a.m.

He looks good to me and I like what Hoke is doing.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 2:26 a.m.

First thing first is all these different recruiting services like Rivals, ESPNU150, Scout, Tom Lemming are all different with their own rankings on different prospects so no need to get upset over taking a recruit who is only 16 miles outside of Columbus and no offer from the "butteyes". I have found out over the years that alot of highly ranked prospects that UM nabbed out of Ohio like Pierre Woods, Cobrani Mixon, Justin Turner, Mister Simpson, Prescott Burgess, etc have not always panned out or lived up to their top billing. Meanwhile we can talk about some notable 3 star recruits that were highly sucessful in their playing days in Ann Arbor which include Braylon Edwards, Mike Hart, Marcus Ray, David Harris, Shantee Orr, etc have also gone on and had sucess in the NFL. So let this group of coaches go and get high character student athletes that they can mold into tough physical hard nosed Michigan men. GO BLUE!


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 10:55 p.m.

Yup its development, not ranking that matters in the end. These kids are still growing.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 8:29 p.m.

Thumbs up!


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 1:40 a.m.

By the way, the fact that Stanford and Air Force offered this kid a scholarship says a lot about both his character and his academics. He's got to be top notch in both areas.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 12:29 a.m.

It's good to get any defensive players at this point. Carter doesn't look like any kind of top prospect, but he may surprise a lot of us. I hope he does well and gets his degree from Michigan.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 12:25 a.m.

Welcome to the UofM "T".


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 12:14 a.m.

Welcome to the Big House, Tamani. You will be a part of resurrecting UM football to it's rightful place among the elite teams in college football. Go Blue!


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 12:09 a.m.

A little concerned when a kid 16 miles from OSU doesn't get an offer from them.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 2:46 a.m.

NoBowl, I want to applaud your consistency and that is not sarcasm. Last year, the poster formerly known as 3andOut would've never approved of a 3-star commit with other offers from much heralded programs like Minn and Iowa, but this year is a different story. Likewise, the same RR fans that would've praised it last year are now making light of the pickup. It's very sad what has happened to the Michigan fan base.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 12:27 a.m.

I agree with azwolverine. we can redshirt him if RR did not burn them all.

1st Down

Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 12:18 a.m.

no worries...he got an offer from Iowa too...and they usually have very good defenses


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 12:17 a.m.

I hear you, but we only had 10 recruits (11 now) and we need help on defense. The fact that Minnesota, Arizona, and Stanford wanted him should count for something, too. We need all the help we can get and the fact that this young man wanted to come here and play for Michigan is a win-win for him and UM football.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 11:07 p.m.

@s smith "Ok smart guy, no more chances at Faber" You're out. Finished." Well, enough of the classics. What do you want Coach Hoke to do? Everybody's stealing our recruits after the WCiMFH made his exit, stage right, and left town. So unless you know where there's a bunch of 3,4, and 5 star recruits nobody wants, then the system seems to point in only one direction. It over after a players signs on Feb 2nd, until then, you better watch the house because the Michigan coaches are coming and they are using the front door.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 11:06 p.m.

Have you seen a doctor about your physical problem Portage??


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 11:04 p.m.

"…but with kids nowadays you never know." You're correct, not with the kind of kids recruited the last couple of years, and a lot of other kids out there. No "I" in team but a lot of "me"! They will have a different paradigm now at UM, and "Those who stay will be champions". Go Blue, Go BH !


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 10:28 p.m.

Blanket statements are fun, no? "The kind of kids recruited the last couple of years" have shown NOTHING but willingness to buy into Michigan and their teammates. Minus the glaring exception of Forcier, there isn't a single player recruited over the last 3 years who isn't the model of "team player". Particularly Denard. My God, the kid has the perfect attitude and you STILL bash him because you hated the guy who brought him here There are plenty of reasons to hate RR. The attitudes of the kids he brought here is NOT one of them.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:58 p.m.

Cracks getting bigger!


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 8:28 p.m.

oh, you finally noticed your own one?

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Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:45 p.m.

Sweet... took another one from the bowels of humanity down in C-Bus! Smart move by Tamani to come to the leaders and best and get out of that cesspool. On film he looks very athletic with nice ball skills. Go Blue!

shane smith

Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:13 p.m.

Flipping a recruit from Michigan.Aren't they the worst team in the Big Ten.I would not want any of there recruits,PERIOD.I guess its news worthy because it his first recruit.Watch this one ,I have heard that Denard is going to see what happens in Spring Ball,then decide for sure if he is going to stay or leave.Came from a good source,just watch and see what happens.I hope he stays myself,but with kids nowadays you never know.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 10:24 p.m.

Lol, I love all these fools who talk about hearing something from "a good source". Seems everybody has at least one. FYI: The comment section of the FREEP (or here) is NOT a "good source".


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 3:02 a.m.

@ Mr Smith. The guy is starting his recruiting just a few short weeks before national signing day. I think we have to cut him a little slack. Also, I don't believe that I agree with your thoughts on DRob. I think Coach will do just fine putting his talent to use. There is a ton of talent on offense and I feel like Borges is a good fit to utilize that talent and I think DRob can/will excel. Just my 2 cents.

1st Down

Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:56 p.m.

it's "their" not "there"


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 9:45 p.m.

Theo: You've lost your edge and your mind. Please find out which div 3 school offers Rich Rod the OC job and move there. Save us the vitriol.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 9:36 p.m.

Soon to commit: Joe Schlabotnick QB; Bleak, North Dakota *Rivals says he's 6'5" and runs a 7.3-second 40.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 10:22 p.m.

Johnnya2: I'm sorry, but if you're actually bashing Denard, you need to go root for state or something. We don't take pot-shots at our student athletes around here, no matter how much we hate a coach.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 1:39 p.m.

Yeah, who would want a QB like say Peyton Manning, or Tom Brady, or maybe even Ben Rothliesburger. Its would be much better to have a 5'11" QB who has every pass knocked down and spends the game running for his life, and once he gets hit, he has to leave the game because he has an owie.


Fri, Jan 21, 2011 : 12:35 a.m.

You really are going to miss watching tiny players who don't know how to tackle get smashed into average season, eh Theo? Or maybe it's hearing the coach say we need to work on fundamentals during bowl-game practices? Or NCAA hearings? Me? Not so much. Bottom line for me is that they win with integrity. Big, small, fast, slow, I don't much care as long as those two things return to Michigan football.

1st Down

Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:49 p.m.

tulatom...good points... the ironic thing is that outside of Denard... his King brought in NO speed what so ever! LOL>.. ..slow, small RBs, small slow DBs and no LB skill players... hey Theo...where is that speed that your King brought in? Did it all come in D Rob? Apparently so.... watching that 240 lb RB run away from our DBs in the Mississippi State BLOWOUT was pathetic to say the least. Speed....Faux Crystal...King = all myths and hype...

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Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:47 p.m.

Poor bitter Faux-Crystal man.... what you gonna do when Hokemania takes off to 10 wins this year Theo?


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:30 p.m.

Theo, Entertaining post as usual but I get a sense that you prefer style over substance .Speed isn't everything. A team has got to be strong physically and play defense, too, and you just don't seem to grasp that. U-M under your king was very fast and got the snot kicked out of it by bigger and stronger teams week after week. Give Hoke a chance and you might be pleasantly surprised.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:14 p.m.

Also, Theo shall come around and aside from keying love poems for Emperor Hoke & UM, Hoke will thank Theo by selecting him as their #1 recruiting coordinator


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:10 p.m.

Within 2 years from now, you shall hail him as Prince Tamani in one of your worthy poems.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 8:34 p.m.

According to Rivals.Com, Stanford, Arizona, Iowa, and Air Force also offered him a scholarship.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 8:26 p.m.

Will the Minnesota coach now consider Brady Hoke a snake oil salesman? Game on. This might add some spice to the 'Little Brown Jug' battle.

1st Down

Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 10:46 p.m.

Hokemania not afraid of any other coach...even if that coach is named Jerry Kill.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 8:12 p.m.

He committed to Minnesota because they were the biggest team to offer a Scholly, now Michigan comes along and he switches his commitment right away. Hope nobody from a top 25 team comes along with an offer.


Thu, Jan 20, 2011 : 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Michigan young man!