Thursday, January 7, 2010
Michigan's Gardner won't enroll early
By ESPN.com staff
Six of Michigan's incoming recruits enrolled early at the school for the spring semester, but the bigger news is who won't be on campus.
Quarterback Devin Gardner, an ESPNU 150 prospect, didn't make the deadline to start classes at Michigan.
Gardner hoped to graduate from Inkster High School in time to start at Michigan on Wednesday. He also would have been able to participate in spring practice, much like Wolverines starting quarterback Tate Forcier did last year as a true freshman. Instead, Gardner will join the team this summer, where he still intends to compete for the starting job.
It would have been interesting to see Gardner out there in spring ball, which clearly helped Forcier gain the inside track to the top job last year. Gardner, thought by some to be Michigan's ultimate answer at quarterback, would have had 15 practices plus the whole summer before preseason camp. Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson generated buzz in the preseason last August with his athletic ability, but it was clear he didn't have as strong a grasp on the system as Forcier when the season started.
If Gardner wants to be a factor this fall, he'll need to catch on very quickly in August.
Who ended up enrolling early at Michigan? Wide receivers Jeremy Jackson, Jerald Robinson and Ricardo Miller, running backs Stephen Hopkins and Austin White, and offensive lineman Christian Pace.