[Kirthmon Dozier/Detroit Free Press]
This is a couple days old but it's tangentially good news for in-state recruiting and mostly sad news for those who follow high school football in the state. Birmingham Brother Rice has named a successor to legendary head coach Al Fracassa, who'd been Rice's coach since the same year Bo took over at Michigan, and announced his impending retirement before winning the state's D-II championship in 2013. They went with the in-house candidate. Article:
(Old Ann Arbor news readers will recognize the author. I thought he was one of their best).
That successor is his former offensive coordinator, Dave Sofran, who was Brother Rice's QB back when I was in high school. Sofran played for Northeastern University in Boston. He was Fracassa's choice to succeed him and plans to keep most of the staff around. If you've watched Alex Malzone's tape you're familiar with Sofran's offense, which is pro-style.
Fracassa was a Spartan to his bones (guy played for Duffy) and his players tended to go to Michigan State or not-Michigan since the recruiting era began. Fracassa had plenty of players who came to play for Michigan, and in fact one of Bo's last speaking engagements was when they renamed the field at Brother Rice for Fracassa. When various Michigan coaches grumbled about some of the shady Spartans who had head coaching jobs in the state in the mid-aughts, Fracassa wasn't one of them.
Most recent Wolverines who played for Fracassa were walk-on Paul Gyarmati and longsnapper Jareth Glanda. You might also remember Steve Morrison, Paul Manning, Marc Milia, Matt Studenski, Zac Ciullo (whose car is parked in the Brother Rice lot for every home game and impossible to miss), punter [EDIT] Ross Ryan, and giant WR Paul Jokisch (but not his little brother, who went to Clarkston). That's an incomplete list.
Other high-profile guys to play for Rice are former NFLers Mike Lodish and and Brian Brennan, Spartans Jon Reschke, Charlie Gantt, Caulton Ray, and Adam Decker, Penn State's Chris Colasanti, Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley, Tennessee's Darris Sawtelle, Illinois's Devin Church, and Kenny Watkins at Minnesota. Fracassa also was the guy behind the annual Michigan quarterbacks camp,