Michigan has a long history of getting some top high school prospects from the state of California and hoping they become college football stars. Michigan lost out on the 2010 version when Sean Parker headed to Washington, the 2009 version is Tate Forcier, and Donovan Warren became a Wolverine in the 2007 class. There was also a guy named Tom Brady that came from California to play in Ann Arbor.
Michigan fans will remember a California football star in 1998 that came to Michigan with high expectations named Justin Fargas. Justin was the son of TV Star "Huggy Bear" from Starsky and Hutch. Justin showed flashes of greatness in his freshman year when he ran for 277 yards and one TD, but similar to Sam McGuffie, he had trouble breaking tackles and making big runs in the Big Ten.
In the 2000 season, Justin decided to try the safety position before transferring to Southern Cal. Michigan fans knew Justin was talented but many of us expected him to have the same issues at USC. He didn't, and Justin went for 715 yards during his senior year and got drafted by the Raiders.
Justin has had a pretty consistent NFL career gaining over 1,000 yards in 2007, 853 yards in 2008, and 491 yards in 2009, splitting time with Bush and McFadden.
Justin was due a $1.7 million payout today and promptly got cut by the Raiders yesterday. Let's hope he gets picked up by a team that needs a running back.
Lions, are you listening?
- TomVh from Mgoblog says that OL Tony Posada has a Michigan offer. Tony is 6'5" and 295 lbs.
- State of Michigan LB Lawrence Thomas verbally committed to MSU over the weekend.
- New Michigan AD and former CEO of Domino's Pizza David Brandon takes control of the Athletic Department today. Dave has already shown to be a great addition to the Wolverines Athletic Program and we expect big things from him with the top two revenue sports struggling.