Introducing the 2001 Michigan football recruiting class:

Kelly Baraka, RB: Described by coach Lloyd Carr as having “tremendous explosion.”

Spencer Brinton, QB: A transfer from San Diego State, on a two-year Mormon mission.

Markus Curry, DB: Brother of current Michigan junior Julius Curry.

Kyle Ealey, TE: The only representative of the Michigan class from Illinois.

Braylon Edwards, WR: Carr has known about Edwards since he was “about knee-high.”

Leo Henige, OL: Listed at 315 pounds, but Carr says that he”s far bigger.

Marlin Jackson, DB: Like Baraka and Ernest Shazor, USA Today High School All-Americans

Matt Lentz, OL: The second of Michigan”s two 300-plus-pound offensive linemen.

Tim Massaquoi, WR: The jewel of the wide receiver class for the coming year.

Patrick Massy, DL: Plays for the best high school basketball team in Ohio.

Scott McClintock, LB: Carr never thought that his mother would let him come to Ann Arbor.

Alex Ofili, DL: An Ypsilanti native, attended Carr”s summer camp.

Lawrence Reid, LB: Carr compares him to former Wolverine standout Ian Gold.

Sean Sanderson, FB: Carr visited with his family for 11 hours in one day.

Joey Sarantos, LB: High school teammate of Baraka”s also plays basketball.

Ernest Shazor: The first member to commit to this year”s recruiting class.

Dan Simelis, OL: Carr describes him as “one of those kids.” Hmmm.

Dave Spytek, DL: Carr”s description: “He”s a Spytek which means he”s tough.”

Adam Stenavich, OL: Smallest member of the offensive line recruits.

Jacob Stewart, DB: Reminds Carr of Cato June, current Michigan safety.

David Underwood, RB: Promised Carr that he would be coming this past summer.

Pierre Woods, DL: Carr is extremely impressed with his height and basketball abilities.

Blast from the past:

Here”s a look at the best and busts of the 1997 recruiting class of four years ago.

Best:

Anthony Thomas, RB

Michigan”s all-time career leader in touchdowns and rushing yards.

Maurice Williams, OL

Projected as a late-first round early-second round pick in this year”s NFL draft.

Busts:

Ray Jackson, FB

Was projected as the next great Michigan fullback but is currently carrying the ball for the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Patrick McCall, RB

Highly recruited from California now backing-up Ken Simonton at Oregon State.

William Peterson, DB

A, key contributor in the defensive backfield, he was dismissed from the team for stealing money from a stripper.

Demetrius Smith, RB

A back-up who was dismissed from the team under enigmatic circumstances.

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