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2E - New Student Edition - The Michigan Daily -- Wednesday, September 8, 1999

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Carr takes long
view of recruits
By Chris Grandstaff
Daily Sports Writer
In college football, it seems, the rich just continue to
get richer. One year removed from their national champi-
onship season of 1997, and what many called the No. I
recruiting class in the nation, the Wolverines struck gold
again with yet another solid recruiting class.
Although not quite as polished as the '97 class, which-
included highly touted quarterback Drew Henson and
running back Justin Fargas (out for the 1999 season), the
Wolverines have landed the No. 10 recruiting class in the
nation, according to ESPN recruiting analyst Bobby
There are no immediate superstars in this year's class,
but what the Wolverines may lack in star quality they
make up for in quantity. Michigan coach Lioyd Carr and
his staff have signed a whopping 24 recruits in the off-
scason - the most of Carr's four-year career.
"Our coaching staff did a tremendous job and met our
needs in a lot of areas," Carr said. "I like the potential of
this class but it's going to be three or four years before
we know."
Not only did they do a tremendous job in landing such
a large class this season, but in grabbing recruits from all
across the country.
"I think that is something that the attractiveness of the
University of Michigan and the football program's tradi-
tion brings about," Carr said. "Our coaching staff and the
backgrounds that each brings, have enabled us to get into
some areas that we have been unable to in previous years.
We have done very well, especially in the state of
California. I think throughout the country, most pro-
grams are spreading their recruiting efforts across the
The strength of the class lies in the offensive line and
tackles Demetrius Solomon and Tony Pape, both of
whom where ranked among Burton's top 100 players.
"Both are potentially great tackles," Carr said. "They
have the size and athleticism that you like. They are com-
petitive guys. I think the tackle position is one area that
we felt we needed to satisfy during the recruiting year,
and I think we have with both individuals."
In addition to Solomon and Pape, the Wolverines also
signed Andy Brown and the enormous 6-2, 318-pound
Courtney Morgan to the offensive line.

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Justin Fargas produced in his first season - but a knee
Injury will force him to miss his second.
The Wolverines signed two other top-100 players from
Burton's list - defensive back .Jeremy LeSeur and
Morgan's high school teammate, running back Charles
Drake. His high school coach said Drake "remindcd him
of Marcus Allen," Carr said.
Although this ycar's class only included four top-100
players, Carr cautioned against putting too much empha-
sis on recruiting magazines and so-called recruiting
"There are more recruiting nagazines than there are
players. I think," Carr said. "Everyone has different opin-
ions about different players. There are players that other
schools recruit that we reject and vice versa. What it
comes down to is doing a thorough job evaluating a kid
in all the areas that are important. You want players who
will fit your needs and will be successful in your pro-
And it looks like the Wolverines have done just that,
but only time will tell whether they've found a future dia-
mond in the rough or just another lump of coal.

then threw brick across the field to a
diving Ienson - but the result was
a third-down incompletion and a
Mice higa1n punt.
Big itackles by Whitley on third
down, and James Hall on fourth
down, stalled the Razorbacks' next
drive inside Michigan territory.
After the Wolverines couldn't mov*
the ball, Arkansas struck xwith a 35-
yard touchdown reception by
Michael Williams, who stiff-armed
Marcus Ray after the catch en route
to the end zone.
Clarence Williams returned the
following kickoff 40 yards, putting,
the Wolverines in position for their
first touchdown. Streets took a short
Brady pass 33 yards, Williams .ar-
ried for 11 on the next play and thlie6
plays later, Thomas went two yards
for the score.
Two minutes later, linebacker la-n
Gold picked off a pass and returned
it 46 yards for a touchdown to mak
the score 17-7.
After Arkansas added a field goal
Brady moved the Wolverines 69
yards in 1:38. The result was anoth-
er short touchdown run by Thomas,
and a 24-10 halftime lead. The sec-
and half was up-and-down, but th*
end result was OK by the
"For the program, it gives us grcat
momentum going into next year""
said senior Sam Sword, Michigan's
defensive MVP for the game. "And
for the seniors, it was great to go out
in style.",
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By Chris Grandstaff
Dily Sports Witer
Although 1999-2000 wrestling sea-
son may be a year of transition for
Michigan's coaching staff, it is far from
a transition year on the mats. After 21
years under the direction of head coach
Dale Bahr, the Wolverines will head into
the next millennium under new leader-
ship, Seven-year assistant and former
wrestler Joe McFarland will take over
the reins for the Michigan grapplers this
The Wolverines return eight of 10
starters from last season's team. which
finished 13th at the NCAA
Championships. The group is headlined
by junior All-American and national
runner-up Erick "Otto" Olson at 174
pounds. Olson led the Wolverines with.
an impressive 37-4 record last season,
and McFarland thinks Olson could start
the season ranked No. I in his weight
"Otto has an incredible drive and
work ethic," McFarland said. "His goal
this year is to wil an NCAA champi-
onship and he's going to make sure no
one gets in his way. The time that he puts
in and the determination that he has
make him a great role model for the rest
of the team. I'm really looking for him
to be one of the leaders this season."
Look for at least three other
Wolverines to have standout
seasons,too. Junior Damion Logan and
sophomore Andy Hrovat are. both
returning All-Americans - at 141
pounds and 184 pounds respectively -
and should be ranked among the nation's
preseason top 10. Also expect senior
133-pounder Joe Warren to contend for,
All-American honors after a disappoint-
ing NCAA wrestling Championship last
"This is my senior year," Warren said,
"and my expectations are very high. I
don't plan on leaving without a national
championship. As a team, we were so
young last year and we had a lot of tal-

ent. It's going to be tough not to bebi-
ter this season. If we're not rankgd
among the top three or four in the nation
we're going to be disappointed."
Whether or not the Wolverines wi e
solid in all ten classes may depend on
how well this year's incoming classper
forms. Intermat Wrestling Magazine has
this year's crop ranked as the nation'
10th best class. The class should solidify
the Wolverine depth, which means goo
things for the 1999-2000 grappler.
"More depth on the roster mean
more competition' McFarland said
"More competition at each indtvt
weight class is going to make us a muc
stronger team."
Expect McFarland himself t6 jum
into the mix and add to the competitio
in practice. McFarland was a four-tim
All-American at Michigan from 1981-
1984, and is one of the most successfu
wrestlers in the history of the program.
As a coach, McFarland hasn't beer
too shabby either. In just his first year at
head coach at Indiana (1990)
McFarland and the Hoosiers com*
the only undefeated dual-meet recor i
Division I, and placed eighth at th
NCAA Championships. For his effort:
that season, McFarland was named Bij
Tecn coach of the year.
Also, he is chiefly responsible fo
both the stellar recruiting class of '9'
and this year's class.
"It's going to be different withou
coach Bahr running the program t
season," Warren said. "But I'm loc
forward to having coach McFarland a
the head man."
McFarland had the team working al
summer in Ann Arbor so that they arn
completely prepared for the upcomin
season. "You have to pay the price an
work 12 months a year if you want t
keep up with the Iowas, Minnesotas an
Oklahoma States," McFarland said. "I
we do that, and stay determined all sea
son, we could be a pretty darn t
team this year."



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