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The Michigan Daily Thursday, February 9, 1984 Page 7
Offensive linemen lead football recruits
By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
Warning to all defensive lineman in the Big Ten:
you can count on stiff opposition from the Wolverines
Tor several years to come.
Yesterday marked the first day for signing of
national letters of intent. Michigan secured the
signatures of 21 high school seniors, 11 of which
belong to the Wolverine offensive line.,
.:TWO OF THE offensive linemen are listed as
Parade All-Americans and are "all-everythings" in
their respective states.
At the top of the heep is Michael Dames, a 6-3, 245-
pound guard who covers 40 yards in 4.9 seconds.
Dames' coach at Miami Beach High School, Jim
Kroll, raves about his standout.
"Michael's real asset is his hip and leg strength,"
said Kroll. "He gets out and attains the blocking sur-
face. When Michael comes off the ball, you sure as
hell don't want to get in his way."
DAMES IS more than just an exceptional athlete,
according to Kroll. "Michael has a quiet temper-
ment, He is a controlled, intellectual kid who is well
rounded and comes from a good family. He is a class
Dames is also an academic standout as a member
of the National Honor Society.
Michigan's other Parade All-American is Michael
Kovac (6-4, 235), a tight end from Cleveland St.
Joseph. Kovac set every reception record at St.
Joseph. And if history, repeats itself, Kovac should
find success in Ann Arbor.
"WE'VE HAD great success with Michigan in rec-
ent years," said St. Joseph coach Bill Gutbrod. "Tony
Jackson, Andy Cannavino and Al Sincich have done
Another blue chip offensive lineman is Dave
Chester from Titusville, Fla. Chester (6-3, 245, 4.7 in
the 40) is thrilled at the prospect of being a '
Wolverine. "I'm very excited, I can't wait to play in
the fall," said Chester. "I enjoy being around Bo,
coach (Alex) Agase and coach (Elliot) Uzelac. I like
them a lot."
To compliment Dames, Kovac and Chester,
Michigan has eight other incoming offensive
linemen: John Vitale (6-2, 265) ; Mike Husar (6-3,
255); Mark Ehrhardt (6-6, 255); Dave Dever (6-5,
235); Chris D'Esposito (6-3, 250); David Herrick (6-3,
271); Mark Hill (6-4, 240); and Chuck Adams (6-5,
220) who is a tight end.
MICHIGAN secured a top flight quarterback to line
up behind its newest offensive linemen. Bob Cernak
(6-3, 195) had an impressive career at Lockport
Township, which is near Chicago..
"This was my 24th year of coaching at Lockport
and I've had 21 winning seasons," said coach
Bill Zimmer, "and Bob is one of the best I've seen. He
has great passing skills, is outstanding at picking up
alternate receivers and he has the ability to make
things happen. Bob is not infatuated with himself, he
is a team player in every sense."
In what several may view as a surprise, Jamie
Morris of Ayer High in Massachusetts chose
Michigan over Syracuse, where three of his older
brothers played. The determining factor for Morris
(5-9, 175) was Bo Schembechler.
"HE IMPRESSED me," said Morris. "He's like
my dad. I judge people by character and coach
Schembechler is super." Morris' older brother Joe is
a teammate of former Wolverine great Butch
Woolfolk on the New York Giants.
Rounding out the offense is James Brown (6-1, 190),
a tailback from Cincinnati Princeton who rushed for
1,569 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior; and Eric
Campbell (5-9, 165) a wide receiver from Gary, In-
On defense, the Wolverines recruited two outstan-
ding defensive backs frogi Florida. Keith Evans (5-
11, 190) from Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, has
good speed and bench presses over 370 pounds.
"THE PEOPLE are what make the school, and the
people in AnnArbor seem great,", said Evans.
Ken Mouton (6-1, 180 from Naples High is the other
Michigan landed three defensive linemen: Bud
Gereg (6-4, 240) from Warren DeLaSalle High; Rick
Masters (6-4, 250) from Indianapolis Chatard; and
Mark Messner (6-4, 230) a noseguard from Redford
To date Michigan only has one linebacker, John
Willingham (6-3, 210) from Dayton, Ohio White. This
is a concern for the Wolverines since Michigan has
been actively recruiting linebackers.
With a policy of extending between 20 and 25
scholarships per year, Michigan probably will recruit
three or four more players.
Chuck Adams, T E
James Brown, RB
Eric Campbell, WR
Bob Cernak, QB
Dave Chester, G
Michael Dames, G
Chris D'Esposito, G
Dave Dever, T
Mark Erhardt, T
Keith Evans, DB
Bud Gereg, T
David Herrick, T
Mark Hill, C
Mike Husar, G
Michael Kovac, TE
Rick Masters, T
Mark Messner, G
Jamie Morris, RB
Ken Mouton, DB
John Vitale, G
Hgt. / Wgt. Hometown
6-1, 190 Cincinnati
S-9, 165' °Gary,Ind.
6-3, 195 Lockport, Ill.
6-3, 245. Titusville, Fla.
6-3, 245 Miami
6-3, 250 Toledo,,Ohio
6-5, 235 Midland
6-6, 255 Lakewood, Ohio
5-11, 190 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
6-4, 240 Warren
6-3, 271 Indianapolis
6-4, 240 Holland
6-3, 255 Chicago
6-4, 235 Cleveland
6-4, 250 Indianapolis
6-4, 230 Redford
5-8, 175 Ayer, Mass.
6-1, 180 Naples, Fla.
6-2,265 Warren .
6-3, 210 Dayton, Ohio.r
Good friends will give you a break
when you're broke.
Prolific AP Photo
Kareem Abdul Jabbar (left) drives to score two of his points that put him first
on the all-time field goal list in the NBA.
Chicago guns down
Nets in OT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -
Quintin Dailey scored six of his game-
high 34 points in oyertime last night to
lead the Chicago Bulls to a 114-110
National Basketball Association vic-
tory over the New Jersey Nets.
Dailey put the Bulls ahead for good
with 26 seconds remaining, when he
snapped a 110-110 deadlock by hitting a
technical foul when the Nets' Darwin
Cook was assessed for an illegal defen-
Rod Higgins added a slam-dunk'
basket with seven seconds to go, and af-
ter Kelvin Ransey missed a three-point
attempt for the Nets with four seconds
remaining, Dailey was fouled and
wrapped up the victory by hitting one of
two free throws.
The victory was the second straight
for Chicago, which had previously lost
six in a row.
Chicago sent the game into overtime
when Ennis Whatley hit two foul shots
with nine seconds remaining in
regulation to knot the score at 102. Buck
Williams, who led the Nets with 23 poin-
ts and a career-high 24 rebounds,
missed a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer.