We all know that Rich Rodriguez was a walk-on at West Virginia and has a special place in his heart for guys that have to earn a scholarship. Since there has been a lot of news since signing day about Michigan's preferred walk-on policy, I thought I would list all the walk-ons to date and give you my opinion on who might contribute down the line.
With three scholarships left for this year, would any of these guys get/earn a scholarship? They might...
1. Top Walk-on Prospect goes to New York offensive lineman Tom Lindley. Tom was one of the best offensive linemen in New York this past year and is 6'3", 300 pounds. Tom earned first team all-Long Island and the 2008 Zellner Award winner as Suffolk’s top lineman. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and plans to redshirt during the 2009 season.
2. Adam Barker, OL from Adrian, Michigan. Adam plays the center position and is rated two stars by Rivals. He is 6'3", 270 pounds.
3. Eddie Murray, a kicker from Royal Oak, Michigan. You might wonder why I have a kicker so high on the walk-on board. Well, you could make a case that Eddie should be ranked No. 1 in this Walk-On class with both of Michigan's kickers graduating last year. Eddie might have the best shot at seeing the field early as a kickoff specialist this year!
4. Calvin Smith, FB from Joliet, Illinois. As you might have heard, fullback is going to be a position that Michigan will mostly look for walk-ons to fill. Calvin is a big back at 6'2", 235 and averaged 5.5 yards per carry in high school.
5. Johnny Childers, FB/LB from Muskegon, Michigan. He most likely will end up at fullback and will compete against Calvin for time at the position in future years. Johnny is 6'1", 233 pounds and most likely will end up a backup FB and special teams player. More info on JC here.
6. Nader Furrha, QB from Ann Arbor Pioneer. Nader is a dual-threat QB that gives Michigan some depth at a position that seems to be getting lighter by the day. With Steven Threet's recent transfer news, Nader becomes even a more important pickup for the Wolverines.
With that said, the Michigan coaches hope Tate Forcier is a star and that Denard Robinson is a star in waiting. Most likely Nader will be competing against Nick Sheridan and Robinson for the No. 2-4 spots on the roster.
7. Jason Nyhof, DT from Holland, Michigan. Jason is 6'3", 277 and has a nice frame for a DT. I expect him to spend a lot of time at Club Barwis to see if he can become a factor as an upperclassman. Jason does have the luxury of being at a position of great need for the Wolverines.
8. Nate Brink, teammate of Jason's from Holland, Michigan, is 6'5", 218. Nate is way too skinny for a DT and will need to eat a lot of hamburgers before he is even in the conversation.