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Michigan stoked to land top wide receiver

2/4/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan still has some work to do on the field, but coach Rich Rodriguez and his assistants certainly have the arrow pointed up again after national signing day.

Minutes ago, the Wolverines added a major piece to their top-15 class as wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes announced he would play for Michigan. Stokes, ranked as the nation's eighth best wide receiver and 68th best player by ESPN's Scouts Inc., picked Michigan over Illinois, Georgia and Tennessee, the school where he originally committed. 

The 6-foot-1, 178-pound Stokes fits the speed-first mold Rodriguez is trying to create with Michigan's wide receivers. Stokes joins Cameron Gordon as the only wideouts in Michigan's 2009 class. 

With the additions of Stokes and quarterback Denard Robinson earlier in the day, Michigan has bolstered its depth at the skill positions and set the stage for some intriguing competition heading into the fall. 

Michigan's ability to rebound in recruiting following the worst season in team history should restore some faith in Rodriguez. Granted, the program lost several commitments during the slide, including defensive tackles Pearlie Graves and DeQuinta Jones earlier Wednesday, but overall this was a very good day for the Wolverines.

The rewards might not show until 2010, but the talent is in place for Michigan to reclaim its status as a national powerhouse.