After landing prize quarterback recruit Kevin Newsome as part of his ever-exciting 2009 class, head coach Rich Rodriguez is keeping the pedal to the metal and making sure that the position will not be one of weakness in the future.
The team obviously has quarterbacks on their roster, but Steven Threet, David Cone, Nick Sheridan, or Lee Mondol don't appear to be built for the system and freshman Justin Feagin will be hard pressed to take the team where it needs to go in his first season. Newsome, from Virginia, is a Rivals.com four star recruit and even his presence did not discourage the latest four star signal caller from committing to the Maize and Blue.
Shavodrick Beaver, quarterback from Wichita Falls, Texas, is the second dual-threat signal caller Rodriguez has secured and is sending a message that no one position will be above open competition to field the best player. Both Mountaineer loses last season were without starting quarterback Pat White, and Rodriguez is in position to have an answer should that situation arise again. Those on the roster this season will have to get the team through the new staff's initial season, which will be painful at times, but fans can keep in their mind that the future looks good for the Wolverines.
Beaver made his commit without an official visit to Ann Arbor, but plans a visit for June. Other schools to offer were TCU, Nebraska, Clemson, Arizona, and Texas Tech. The early decision allows Beaver to set aside the big decision and focus on his task at hand and it did not bother him that Newsome was already in the fold.
"I was just glad that I got it over with so now I can focus on my senior season and winning a state championship," Shavodrick said. "It feels good."
Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod Smith told Beaver that Michigan was looking for two quarterbacks in the 2009 class and they would not waste any time in making their offers. Beaver had the support of his family and jumped at the chance to come to Ann Arbor.
"(Coach Smith) just said he's taking the first two (quarterbacks)," Beaver explains to Rivals.com. "It doesn't matter if I come in and start, truthfully. I just want to come in, compete and do my best."
Beaver is 6-3 and 177 pounds, runs a 4.55 forty yard dash, has a vertical jump of 38 inches and squats 385.