Signing day could be big for Michigan

January, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Most Big Ten teams have completed the bulk of their 2009 recruiting, and a few squads with smallish classes (Northwestern, Iowa) are essentially finished and looking ahead to 2010. 

But national signing day on Wednesday will bring plenty of suspense for one Big Ten program. 

Michigan is anxious to learn whether quarterback Denard Robinson and cornerback Adrian Witty, teammates at Deerfield Beach High School in Florida, choose to attend college in Ann Arbor. Robinson and Witty are scheduled to announce their college selections together on signing day.

According to the Detroit Free Press' Josh Helmholdt, Robinson and Witty "are good friends off the field and want to attend the same school together. Only Michigan and Kansas State have offered both. Florida is also a contender for Robinson, but this one looks like it will go in Michigan's favor."

Both Michigan and Illinois also remain in the mix for wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes, a Tennessee commit who appears extremely open to going elsewhere. Georgia is the latest team interested in landing Stokes, who visited Illinois last weekend. 

Quarterback and cornerback both are key positions for Michigan heading into the 2009 season. The Wolverines had two quarterbacks decommit (Kevin Newsome and Shavodrick Beaver) and would love to have Robinson compete with Tate Forcier and holdovers Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan for the starting job.  

Robinson ranks 102nd overall in the ESPNU 150. 

Michigan loses starting corner Morgan Trent and could use another elite prep corner to join Justin Turner in the 2009 class. 

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