Page 8 -The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - February 19, 1990
Moeller's first class
rich in areas of need:
Morrison and Charlie Stumb may
also be great linebackers.
At running back, the Wolverines
signed two outstanding prospects,
even before they signed the player
some people are calling the best
prospect in the nation. Juan Kemp
and Jesse Johnson are thought to be
potential stars here at Michigan, but
they will compete for playing time
with Ricky Powers. At tailback,
Powers has gained over 2,000 yards.
He may play immediately.
Maybe more importantly,
Moeller established himself as a big-
time recruiter. Many felt Michigan
might lose some players to Notre
Dame and Michigan State after Bo
Schembechler's retirement, but this
first class rates well against the
Spartans and the Irish.
Moeller felt that it is the school
that most recruits are really
interested in, not the football coach.
"We feel like we have a nice
product to sell," Moeller said.
"Michigan can sell itself. You still
have to work. You can't just throw
your name out there and get kids,
but at the same time it gives us a
great opportunity to recruit."
While remaining cautious,
Moeller spoke highly of his first
group of recruits.
"You never really know what you
get until two years down the road
when the kids can come in and learn
your system," Moeller said. "That
question will be answered later.
On paper, we had a pretty good
year. There are a couple guys who
got away and I would have like to
have had another receiver. This class
is void of offensive lineman, with
one exception. Fortunately for us, if
we could have a weakness, we could
afford it at the offensive line because
of the people we have there now."
This is the class of 1994:
Walter Smith, 5-foot-ll-inches,
190-pounds, Detroit MacKenzie
High School. - Smith will play
wide receiver at Michigan, primarily
because of his great speed. Smith
runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4, but he
can also bench 330 pounds. He has
already begun to get in shape for the
season. He first impressed Michigan
coaches last year at the Wolverines'
Allen Woodard, 5-10, 190,
Sterling (Houston, TX) H.S. -
Like Greg McMurtry, Woodard does
good things when he doesn't have
the ball. He is a wide receiver who
can block up field. He can catch the
ball well also.
Gordon Laro, 6-4, 250, Lynn
(MA) English H.S. - Scouts have
called Laro one of the best young
tight ends in the country. As big as
he is, Laro can run deep patterns and
catch the football. In his senior
season, Laro caught 22 passes for
386 yards. He turned down
hometown Boston College to come
John Jaecklin, 6-3, 235,
Cleveland St. Ignatius H.S. -
Selected to Superprep's All-Midwest
team, Jaceklin played on the number
one ranked team in high school
football, according to USA Today.
Jaecklin caught 37 passes for 594
yards, helping his team to a 14-0
Shawn Miller, 6-4, 235, El
Dorado (KA) H.S. - Scouts like
Miller because of his body control
and his high school coach liked
Miller enough to make him the
Player of the Year in Kansas.
He'll be an offensive lineman at
Michigan, even though he had seven
sacks and 80 tackles as a defensive
lineman. He anchored the 400-meter
relay team at El Dorado. He is the
only true offensive line prospect
Michigan has in this year's class.
Nate Holdren, 6-5, 240, Richland
(WA) H.S. - A quarterback, for
now. Holdren was recruited as a
linebacker and as quarterback, and
might be able to play wide receiver,
tight end, free safety or defensive
line. He threw for 1,830 yards and
20 touchdowns in his senior year.
Todd Collins, 6-4, 215, Walpole
(MA) H.S. - Rated as one of the
top five quarterbacks in the country.
Scouts like his ability to read the
defense. One of 15 Superprep All-
Americans at QB.
Ricky Powers, 6-0, 205, Buchtel
(OH) H.S. - The big catch for
Michigan. It is possible that Powers
can come in and contribute
immediately, something Michigan
needs with all the worries about
Tony Boles and Leroy Hoard. The
number one player in America,
according to the Dallas Morning
News and a Parade Magazine, USA
Today and Superprep All-America.
Jesse Johnson , 5-9, 200, Bishop
Gallagher H.S. - Another tailback
who can run a 4.4 in the 40.
Johnson has great speed, but most
scouts remark on his style as a back.
Some have compared him to Jamie
Morris, with the only difference
being that Johnson has speed.
Juan Kemp, 6-0, 190, Mayde
Creek (TX) H.S. - He has great
speed, too. Kemp is so quick, he
could move over to wide receiver. A
sprained ankle in the third game of
the season last year cost Kemp some
Gannon Dudlar, 6-4, 245,
Birmingham Brother Rice H.S. -
He hits hard, runs well and plugs up
holes on the front. As a defensive
Missouri's hard fought 92-90 win yesterday over
successful week in which they also upset No. 1
Oklahoma capped a
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Tony Henderson, 6-2, 265,
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Greg McThomas, 6-4, 240,
Marquette (WI) H.S. - He first
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Dame, but wound up at Michigan.
He was a key find for Michigan.
Scouts say he has unlimited.
potential. Some people would love
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might be too good a linebacker to
Matthew Dyson, 6-5, 240,
LaPlata (MD) H.S. - Holdren,
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people compare him to J.J. Grant for
his style of play.
Jason Kendrick, 6-3, 230,
Lousiville (KY) Trinty H.S.- Also
compared to J.J. Grant because of
his leadership qualities. Kendrick
plays with intensity, which helps
explain 102 solo tackles last season.
Kendrick is strong enough that he
could move to the defensive line. He
moves well to the football and has
the ability to make spectacular
Bobby Powers, 6-0, 215, John
Curtis (River Ridge, LA) H.S. -
New Orleans defensive player of the
year who choose to come to
Michigan over Notre Dame and
LSU. Made 93 solo tackles on a
state championship squad.
Steve Morrison, 6-3, 230;
Brother Rice H.S. - He likes to
hit. Morrison racked up 116 tackles
in his senior season at linebacker.
Michigan likes his quickness.
Marcus Walker, 6-0, 220, Bloom
(Chicago Hts., IL) H.S. - He has
inherited the intensity of his brother,
Derrick. He didn't come easily.
Recruiters had to convince Walker to
come, even after his brother's
success. Also played tight end, but
he is expected to continue to play
Charlie Stumb, 6-6, 220, Gross
Pointe North H.S. - A little
small, but he is already working on
getting bigger. Still, scouts like his
athletic ability. With some added
size, he might be able to play on the
Deon Johnson, 6-2, 205, Martin
Luther King H.S. - Michigan
scout like him because he is fast and
big. Has the ability to turn in the
secondary. He intercepted nine passes
last season and was Class A all-
Shonte Peoples, 6-1, 205,
Saginaw Arthur Hill H.S. -
Another pure athlete that likes to
hit. He pursues the ball, whether he
is on offense or defense. As a free
safety, he intercepted eight passes
and made 53 tackles. Two of his
interceptions, he returned for
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