TomVH: New Offer and a New Name to Keep an Eye On.

Submitted by TomVH on March 15th, 2011 at 2:09 AM

There was a visitor on Sunday that hasn't been mentioned yet. I was told and have confirmed that Rockford OL Ben Braden (6'7", 295 lbs) was in Ann Arbor this past Sunday with his family. 

The Michigan coaches extended Ben an offer and he was excited to receive it. I should have more from him later on, but he could be one to watch. He apparently also has offers from Wisconsin, MSU, and Syracuse.

Another name to keep an eye on is Illinois LB Antonio Morrison (6'3", 220 lbs). Morrison has offers from CMU, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and WMU among others but is starting to gain more interest. 

I think there's interest there from Michigan, so just keep an eye on him. You can take a look at his highlight film right here, and you can also see him squat a whopping 600 pounds right here.


kevin holt

March 15th, 2011 at 4:42 AM ^

I think I have seen that kid play hockey! We have mutual facebook friends! I am so excited to hear this, as you can tell by the multiple exclamation points. (While this sounds like stalking, I went to Rockford)

I know he's big, but I think the numbers might be a little inflated. Then again, watching him on the field, he seems like he could be that big I guess. I just thought he was really tall but not as built. He has sort of a young kid's face, so I guess it's deceiving.

If a kid from Rockford plays for Michigan, and significantly, that would be amazing. GO RAMS


March 15th, 2011 at 7:23 AM ^

Morrison looks quick and if he is 220 he carries the weight quite well. I would imagine he would project as a MLB in college. The only thing that scares me is Wacka Flocka Flame. We have bad luck with recruits who like his music.


March 15th, 2011 at 7:41 PM ^

Once we get into a situation where a kid has had a chance to visit multiple times, he's met the coaching staff and feels comfortable with them, and they have a sense of who the new coaches are. They're building new relationships with everyone so it takes time.


March 15th, 2011 at 12:07 PM ^

Rockford has since I was there (graduated in 2000) has produced some very good talent and will continue to do so.  

Segard - backed up Bree's at Purdue

Adam Kieft - CMU and then drafted by the Bengals

Joe Staley - CMU and then first round pick by the 49ers

Bryan Anderson - CMU

Parker Ehinger - Cincinnati

Braden - (fingers crossed) U of M

I know first hand that Munger (HC at Rockford) is close with Hoke.  I like our chances at pilfering the old alma mater


March 15th, 2011 at 12:58 PM ^

I played against Rockford this year. They were huge at the tackles spot with Ehringer and braden both at 6 and a half feet or so and just south of 300 lbs and going against our DE's at about 6 feet and 190 lbs. That being said he's a big dude who dominated our inferior competition.