Michigan Adds Anthony Lalota: Will Craig Roh Choose Wolverines Tonight?

Ryan Senior Writer ISeptember 18, 2008

Despite starting the season 1-2, the Wolverines got a bit of good news on the recruiting front a few days ago.

In desperate need of a defensive end (or two), the Wolverines got a huge commit from NJ's Anthony Lalota. The 6'5", 260-lb. Princeton HS star is the No. 6 overall defensive end according to Rivals.com, rated a four-star and in the Rivals 250 (No. 120).

To Scout.com, he is the No. 3 rated offensive tackle, a five-star player rated as the 28th-best high school player in the nation.

Lalota has just one year of organized football under his belt, but he is a huge kid with good quickness and speed.  He is a tantalizing tackle prospect, but with the lack of depth at end on the Michigan roster and his stated desire to play on the edge, end is where he will likely be.

This was important for a few reasons.  Following the de-commit of William Campbell*, Michigan was in need of a shiny defensive line prospect.  Second, this fills a gigantic need and allows Maize and Blue fans to at least put the knife back in the drawer.

* Campbell de-committed but is still a solid verbal.  Confused?  Well, yeah.  Campbell has been a Michigan commit since last year, but has expressed interest in visiting other campuses.  So he de-committed to do that, but is still silently (or not so, if you're listening to his mother) aligned with the Wolverines.

Go ahead, kid.  Visit, get free stuff, chase hot girls around.  Just make sure you're wearing a Michigan cap in February.

More recruiting news: AZ DE Craig Roh will announce his school of choice at 6:30 PM tonight on ESPNU.  Roh is 6'5", 230 pounds and the No. 8 weakside defensive end to Rivals, scoring a four-star rating from them. He also sports a four-star rating from Scout.com and is their No. 8 overall defensive end.

Roh was a USC lean until spurning an official visit for an unofficial to Arizona State.  USC filled the spot, and Roh now has UM near the top.  I expect a commit tonight unless something weird happens. 

I'll break down the class to date in my next article and (knock on wood) have Roh included, assuming a Michigan commit tonight.

Stay tuned!