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The Michigan Daily
Recruiting war '84 is almost history.
Michigan has signed 22 high school
seniors to national letters of intent over
the past two days. Yet of these 22 high
school standouts, 11 of which are offen-
sive linemen, three which are defensive
linemen, two each who are defensive
backs, linebackers and running backs,
one wide receiver and one quarterback
- only six of these athletes played their
high school football in the state of
Michigan has the reputation and
program to attract out-of-state stars.
For the last few years this has become
a Wolverine trend. Nevertheless,
Michigan's recruiting staff has suc-
ceeded in landing six prize in-state
players. Say ;h ello to six of Michigan's
newest Wolverines.
CRUCK ADAMS (6-5, 220, 4.7 in the
40 yard dash) is a tight end from
Deroit Country Day High. As a junior
Adams caught 39 passes for 509 yards,
butlast season played offensive tackle
beca use Country Day coach Joe
D'Angelo needed help in the blocking

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"In terms of football, Chuck is a real
fine tight end," said D'Angelo. "He's
got the size, speed and the hands."
According to D'Angelo, Adams had a
four-point criterion for choosing a
university: academics, football
coaching staff, offensive style and the
overall social experience.
UCLA, Notre Dame, Pitt and Michigan
were the final four schools. "It's always
been Chuck's dream to play for
Michigan. He said if he ever had the
chance to play for Michigan, he would
do it. But he did like UCLA and up until
the last minute they tried to get him
away," said D'Angelo.
MARK HILL (6-4, 240, 4.8) is the man
who in two or three years may make
Wolverine fans forget about departing
All-American center Tom Dixon.
"(Offensive line coach) Paul Schudel
has watched Mark since he was a
sophomore shot-putter," said Holland-
West Ottawa coach Roger Chiaverini.
"Mark has great strength and has a lot
of explosive power coming off the ball."
Chiaverini is pleased with the

recruiting methods of Michigan.
"Schudel just does a marvelous job.
Michigan is very ethical, they do a class
JOHN VITALE and Bud Gereg enter

rs highI
Michigan having been teammates for
four years at Warren De La Salle High.
In the last three years Vitale and Gereg
have only been a part of five losses.
"These two kids are coming from one
of the best leagues in the country," said
coach John Maronto who is saying
good-bye to five seniors who will play at
Division I schools next fall.
Maronto, after four years, is still
amazed at the physique of Vitale (6-2,
265, 5.1) who is an offensive guard.
"John has an exceptional body. It's the
thickness of his body, he's the thickest
person I've ever seen. You've gotta see
this kid. The girth is incredible,"
described Maronto.
Vitale himself cannot wait until the
fall. "I'm just waiting for coach Git-
tleson (weight and conditioning coach)
to give me a training program," said
Gereg (6-4, 240, 4.9) is equally excited
to come to Ann Arbor. "I've dreamed of
playing for Michigan since I was five
years old," said Gereg. Gereg is a
defensive lineman who is considered to
have superior technique and the ability
to read the offensive flow.





DAVE DEVER (6-5, 235, 4.7) could be
the sleeper of the entire recruiting
class. The offensive tackle from
Midland Dow High as only played one
season on the offensive line, where he
earned his reputation quickly.
"Dave is a large, quick tackle," said
Midland Dow coach Frank Altimore.
"He's a skinny 235-pounds. He can
easily get up to 265-270 and still retain
his exceptional speed and quickness."
MARK MESSNER (6-4, 230, 4.7), a nose
guard from Detroit Catholic Central


High rounds out the list of in-state
recruits. Yet Messner too has excep-
tional ability.
"As a nose guard Mark dominated
the individual plays themselves," sai
Catholic Central coach Tom Mach.
"But I also think Mark has the speed to;
play linebacker and his body can still
pick up 15-20-pounds. Mark was one of,
the best kids to come around in a long
time. He was a pleasure to coach and
was never spoiled by his success."



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Quick, agile, aggressive, talented
linebackers are a crucial aspect for any
would-be successful defensive unit.
*Only one of Michigan's first 21 recruits
had played primarily at the linebacker
position in high school.
But the 22nd Wolverine recruit -
Charles Robert Tait III - is a 6-6, 225-
pound blue chipper who according to
lishigh school coach, Charles Rocconi
"was recruited by every school that
we've ever heard of."
INDEED, TAIT, who played his high
school football at Central Bucks East
High in Buckingham, Pa., was the most
heavily recruited player from the
Philadelphia area.
Listening to Rocconi extoll the vir-
tues of this local legendary gridder, one
would think that Tait fell from the
heavens in shoulder pads.
ea "Bob is also an excellent basketball
player .whQ has, been: recruited by
several schools for basketball. He's the
kinI of athlete that can play any sport.
He's a versatile, intelligent, outstan-
ding person," raved Rocconi.

IF TAIT can emulate his high school
career in a Maize and Blue uniform,
Michigan will not suffer from this
year's thin crop of linebackers.

Michigan's only other incoming
linebacker as of now is John
Willingham, a 6-3, 210-pounder who
averaged ten tackles per game as a
senior at Dayton White High in Ohio.
Michigan's Director of Recruiting,
Fritz Seyferth, will not comment on any
of the new recruits, confirming,
however, that the Wolverines were in
need of linebackers and that Michigan
is pleased to have recruited someone of
Tait's caliber.
"IT'S ALL conjecture on how these
kids will turn out," argues Seyferth.
" t's our (Michigan Football Depar-
tment) policy not to make a comment,
because we don't want to put any undue
pressure on the athletes involved."
As a senior last season, Tait made 80
tackles (206 for his career) and as a
tight end averaged 15 yards per recep-
tion. "Bob was also recruited as a tight
end by several schools," said Rocconi.
"He has the excellent combination of
size, speed and coordination which is
A prime consideration for Tait in

choosing Michigan is the quality of the
academics. "Michigan offered Bob the
best balance of athletics and
academics. Plus, he's always wanted to
play in the Rose Bowl," said Rocconi.
Tait will graduate from high school
with a 3.6 plus GPA.
For Rocconi, this was the first player
of his who has been recruited by
Michigan. "Coach (Jerry) Meter made
a very good impression on all of us. Bob
feels very comfortable with the
Michigan people. This has been a very
positive experience for him."
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AIA grapplers without a prayer

If the Michigan athletic department
remains consistent in its policy,, the
Athletes in Action wrestling team will
not get an opportunity to give its
customary between match sermon
when it comes to town tonight. Don
Canham gave a no vote when the
Athletes in Action hoopsters visited Ann
Arbor this fall. However, despite the
fi'nal decision of the department, the
taIent and experience AIA posesses
may still have the Wolverine wrestlers
lpoking up at the heavenly lights of
Crisler Arena.
AIA comes into the match carrying a
roster of seasoned, post-NCAA college
wrestlers. The team is led by Olympic
hopefuls Dan Cuestas (142 pounds) and
Don Shuler (177 pounds) both of whom
won All-America honors in college.

Cuestas had the added distinction of
winning the NCAAs back to back in 1981
and '82.
factor in the match. The AIA team
ranges in age from the mid-to-late
twenties which gives the wrestlers an
experience advantage of nearly half-a-
decade over the Wolverine wrestlers.
Michigan is going to have to counter
with the home advantage and the
strength at its lower weights. Wins by
William Waters and Joe McFarland are
a must as are victories at 150 pounds
and 158 where the AIA team finds its
weakest links.
If Michigan can capitalize in these
areas and shrug off last weekends
disastrous losses to Iowa State and
Minnesota, AIA could find the match a
less than religious experience.

Red Wings 9, Pen quins 3
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - An early three-goal out-
burst and two short-handed goals by
John Ogrodnick led the Red Wings to a
9-3 victory over the Pittsburgh
.Penquins last night before 13,872 at Joe
Louis Arena.
Ron Duguay, John Barrett and Brad
Park gave Detroit a 3-0 lead in the first
period, and after Pittsburgh cut the
lead to 3-2, Ogrodnick scored twice and
Colin Campbell once to make the Red
Wing lead 6-2.
DETROIT completely dominated the
Penquins throughout the game, out-
shooting them 37-23 and consistently
beating them to the puck.

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