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Michigan almost always has recruiting success in Ohio, but coach Rich Rodriguez has made it a priority. Wednesday, the Wolverines signed the top player in the state in safety Justin Turner, from Massillon (Ohio) Washington. Michigan got off to a great start in 2010 with a pledge from Canton (Ohio) South star wide receiver Jerald Robinson.
Robinson, ranked as one of the Rivals250 juniors to watch, had 34 catches for 756 yards and seven touchdowns. He also dominated on defense with seven interceptions and is a physically gifted athlete who would have become one of the nation’s most heavily recruited skill players had he not committed.
“Michigan offered me before Ohio State, and that showed me how much interest they had,” Robinson told The Wolverine.com. “It’s almost like Ohio State was waiting for something, and it’s funny because I talked to my coach and he said the OSU coaches wanted to know if I was committing to Michigan because they were getting ready to offer.
“But I have no second thoughts. Coach Rodriguez said if I wasn’t sure, I didn’t have to decide now. He said there have been a lot of kids de-committing lately, and he didn’t want me to make a commitment I wasn’t ready to make. But I’m not that kind of person. I’m a Wolverine now and I’m going to be a Wolverine for the rest of my life.”
• David Oku, the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back in the 2009 class, told Rivals.com on Monday he’s still undecided and not sure when he’s going to make a decision. Oku, a former Tennessee commitment, said he’s still torn between the Vols, Auburn and Syracuse. “It’s still those three,” he said. “I might add Nebraska back in it. They’re showing me some interest again, but I’m not sure about that.”
• Oklahoma State jumped out of the gate with its first commitment for the class of 2010 with a pledge from Johnny Deaton, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback from Sand Springs (Okla.) Page. He threw for 1,874 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He also ran for more than 1,600 yards and 19 scores.
• Miami Southwest cornerback Lamarcus Joyner is one of the top players in the Sunshine State for 2010, and he recently said five teams have jumped out early on his list — Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He reports offers from all those teams.
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