Michigan gets recruiting growth spurt

Michigan’s football recruiting class was tenuous on Jan. 12, the day Brady Hoke was introduced as U-M’s coach.

Two weeks later, the Wolverines are rolling.

After securing three commitments Saturday, U-M had another landmark day Tuesday.

In Ann Arbor, Arlington (Texas) Martin three-star quarterback Russell Bellomy concluded his recruiting visit by giving U-M an oral commitment, according to TheWolverine.com, GoBlueWolverine.com and mgoblog. With last week’s news that Tate Forcier was gone, the Wolverines needed a quarterback and found one. Bellomy (6-3, 178 pounds) switched from his previous oral commitment to Purdue.

Then, Cincinnati Winton Woods three-star linebacker Antonio Poole publicly announced that he would be a Wolverine, spurning interest from Pittsburgh and Miami (Fla).

Possibly the most impressive news came just after 8:30 p.m., when Olney (Md.) Good Counsel cornerback Blake Countess — the second-highest-rated recruit in the class, according to Rivals.com — tweeted that he was remaining a Wolverine after heavy pressure from Penn State since the U-M coaching change. Much like Poole, who cited defensive coordinator Greg Mattison’s impact in a number of commitment articles, Countess tweeted earlier in the day that Mattison was with him.

That pushes U-M’s current class to 16 commitments, with a week remaining before National Signing Day.

Detroit Free Press Sports Writer

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