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Posted on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 12:51 p.m.

Michigan football team receives letters of intent from all 25 verbal commitments

By Kyle Meinke

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Brady Hoke's second signing day at Michigan went well.

Defensive lineman Mario Ojemudia faxed in his letter after holding a noon signing ceremony at Farmington Hills Harrison High School.

Turns out, he was the last one to make it official.

From Drake Johnson to Ojemudia and everyone else in between, the Michigan football team has received letters of intent from each of its 25 verbal commitments.

It was expected. Now, it's in the books.

That means the only signing day surprise for Michigan was of the good variety, with four-star tailback Dennis Nortfleet committing shortly after midnight after receiving a late offer from the Wolverines.

The late add helped Michigan's class rise to No. 3 in the country, according to Scout, pending other results around the country. It is No. 5, according to Rivals.

The order in which Michigan received the LOIs:

Joe Bolden* LB, 6-3 230 Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain)
Kaleb Ringer* LB 6-1 225 Clayton, Ohio (Northmont)
Jarrod Wilson* DB 6-2 190 Akron, Ohio (Buchtel)
Drake Johnson RB 6-1 205 Ann Arbor (Pioneer)
A.J. Williams TE 6-6 275 Cincinnati, Ohio (Sycamore)
Christopher Wormley DE 6-5 250 Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer)
Jeremy Clark DB 6-4 195 Madisonville, Ky. (Madisonville North Hopkins)
Devin Funchess TE 6-4 205 Farmington Hills (Harrison)
Kyle Kalis OL 6-5 305 Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward)
Dennis Norfleet RB 5-7 170 Detroit (Martin Luther King)
Ondre Pipkins DT 6-3 320 Kansas City, Mo. (Park Hill)
Jehu Chesson WR 6-3 175 St. Louis, Mo. (Ladue Horton Watkins)
Amara Darboh WR 6-2 200 West Des Moines, Iowa (Dowling Catholic)
Matthew Godin DT 6-6 265 Novi (Detroit Catholic Central)
Royce Jenkins-Stone LB 6-2 215 Detroit (Cass Technical)
Terry Richardson DB 5-9 165 Detroit (Cass Technical)
James Ross LB 6-1 215 Orchard Lake (St. Mary's Prep)
Tom Strobel DE 6-6 265 Mentor, Ohio (Mentor)
Willie Henry DT 6-3 273 Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
Blake Bars OL 6-5 275 Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell Academy)
Allen Gant DB 6-2 205 Sylvania, Ohio (Southview)
Erik Magnuson OL 6-6 275 Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon)
Sione Houma RB 6-0 215 Salt Lake City, Utah (Highland)
Ben Braden OL 6-6 319 Rockford (Rockford)
Mario Ojemudia DE 6-2 220 Farmington Hills (Harrison)

* Already on campus



Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

Glad to see Drake Johnson in the group, he has gotten better every year since he was a Freshman at Pioneer. Purple Power!!!!


Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 12:57 p.m.

See you boys in Dallas in September. Goblue!


Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 8:21 a.m.

Bad news though: 10 days into Spring Practice, all 25 recruits will transfer to Ohio State, saying they are disappointed with the erosion of "family values" at Michigan. Thereafter they will be recipients of 3-year subscriptions to Skin Ink Magazine, courtesy of Ohio State. Thereafter THAT (ha-ha), they will be signed as un-drafted free agents by the Baltimore Ravens and play exclusively on the Ravens' practice squad. That's the Justin Boren Squad, for those of you who don't know. LOL! All of the above is predicted by "sports writer" Michael Rosenberg, who confirms that he himself has heard Coach Hoke utter "bad words" in the presence of these tender youngins - filthy words like "Day-gonnit." ;-) Flash: East Lansing, Michigan: Coach Mark Dantonio has announced that, after counting his batch of 17 recruits on his three hands, that: "These guys are just what we need." Well, I suppose having the 40th ranked recruit class IS just what Little Brother needs.


Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 2:31 a.m.

Hey, Rich Rod is making a comeback! According to Scouts, he's got the 45th best recruiting class. Ironically, he didn't recruit well in the Midwest. Wonder why? Better luck next time Richie...


Fri, Feb 3, 2012 : 3:32 a.m.

He left the cupboard with some talent at Michigan...thank you RichRod!


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 8:59 p.m.

A 3 star acting like a 5 star. Hope he makes the team.

Rabid Wolverine

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 8:54 p.m.

UofM is actually ranked 4th on Scout and 6th on Rivals and it has been that way since noon.


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 8:42 p.m.

I'm extremely excited about this class, we addressed many important positions especially on the interior Lines and we're still waiting to hear about Kozan and Diamond. This class has many aspects to it, great size and strength, great speed at key positions, good height and speed at WR and great character guys that will carry the M tradition with class and integrity. Go Blue!!!

Elaine F. Owsley

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 8:29 p.m.

What wonderful things happen when you have a good coach, a winning team, and supporter enthusiasm. Sure wish you could get a refund from Rich Rod. Word to the recruits - "Those who remain will become champions."


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 8:12 p.m.

LS i think diamond is going blue but it's just a gut feeling. . . we lost three good player's i felt would go blue so it's just speculation on my part. what ever happens we still have a GREAT incoming freshman class and congrats to HOKE and company for a job well done!! GO BLUE!!!!!!


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 7:42 p.m.

As the late great Jackie Gleason would say, "Oh, how sweet it is".


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 7:17 p.m.

Thank you Brady and Staff for bringing in a great class and doing it the right way. No need to bash everyone else; you brought in a top 5 class by focusing on the virtues of Michigan. As a fan, I will be even more proud of your success because of the way you conduct your business. More and more kids (and their parents) will see this is the place to be.


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 8:31 p.m.

Amen. I may not have this quote 100% accurate, but SI had a bit about Coach Hoke responding to the idea that PSU and OSU woes would help in recruiting: If you have to talk about the negatives at other schools, you don't have enough positives.

Lorain Steelmen

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 7:14 p.m.

Ok folks, let calm down. Thhis isn't over yet. Jordan Diamond & Alex Kozan..............are they still 'uncommited'? I understood that Diamond was holding off until Friday. No word on Kozan's time frame. This class is NOT complete, until we have heard about these two lineman...and Hoke NEEDS to sign one or both. What has anybody heard about either of them?

M Hendrickson

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 8:14 p.m.

In terms of why they didn't choose Ohio I did hear that the internal friction between Meyer and Fickel was too high - Fickel still feels like he should be head coach and Urban wants to fire him. Long term some recruits had concerns.


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 6:52 p.m.

Jordan Diamond, Alex Kozan, and a great WR would be nice to finish off this list. It's too bad OSU signed all their players. I was hoping they would revolt from the Urban Meyer run football team.

Terry Star21

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 6:44 p.m.

This is great news although expected, sometimes you just hold your breath. The strength of these recruits commitment to Hoke and staff and desire to become champions is truly shown, despite last minute recruitment and offers from other major colleges. Although there are still up to three possible commits/signees including Diamond on Friday, I choose 'Michigan' no matter what the final recruiting rankings show. Along with all of the Michigan Family I also welcome all recruits to Ann Arbor - a decision that will forever change your lives for the better. GoBlueForTiM......the the recruits, the players, the coaches, The Team !


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 6:18 p.m.

Welcome aboard gentlemen! See you April 14th! That smug look on Hoke's photo is hilarious. Looks like he's thinking, "yeah....... I know"


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 6:11 p.m.

"Love it when a plan comes together!" Congrats to all the recruits, you made a great choice for your future. Football AND education. I love the fact that you made early commitments and stuck with them - real integrity! That's what I call a Michigan Man. Coach Hoke and staff - Congrats on finding a great bunch of young men. GO BLUE!