Wolverines have seven early enrollees

ANN ARBOR — The 2014 Michigan football season can’t come soon enough for most.

With the winter semester starting Wednesday, the 2014 early enrollee freshmen were expected to begin arriving over the weekend.

Though the 2014 class is expected to be small, so far with only 16 commitments and reportedly only a few spots remaining. Yet seven of them are already enrolled to begin classes this term.

That gives this group the opportunity to begin winter conditioning with the team and get acclimated to classes early enough to be ready to participate in spring practice starting in March.

The seven: receiver Drake Harris, quarterback Wilton Speight, receiver Freddy Canteen, cornerback Brandon Watson, linebacker Michael Ferns, defensive tackle Bryan Mone and offensive lineman Mason Cole.

“We’re very excited about these seven young men joining our family,” U-M coach Brady Hoke said in a release on Monday. “Each of them represents what we want in our program: high-character guys who take academics seriously, and football players who we believe have the potential and work ethic to be successful at the winningest football program in the country. We think enrolling and getting on campus helps them as they acclimate in those areas, as well as socially, and we look forward to them starting their classes and getting into our conditioning program.”

Though it’s rare for true freshmen to see extended playing time, after the struggles at the end of 2013, competition will certainly be available.

Four of last year’s early enrollees – offensive lineman Kyle Bosch, defensive end Taco Charlton, tight end Jake Butt and defensive back Dymonte Thomas — saw significant playing time and the coaches regularly cited that enrolling early had them more prepared than their classmates.

They’ve all offered thoughts on Twitter about their excitement getting to school.

“Leaving Grap tmrw morning starting a new chapter in my life!” Harris tweeted Saturday night.

Harris, from Grand Rapids, is in tune with the intense rivalries, not to mention he was a Michigan State commitment who switched to U-M. So he heard from the MSU fans on Twitter after the Rose Bowl concluded and responded with optimism.

“Msu fans couldn’t wait to tweet at me lol it’s cool good season, congrats but things will change believe me” he wrote.

Starting this week, if he has a say.


Posted by Tribune News Services

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