It's hard to imagine the excitement that freshmen arriving at any college, regardless of size, must feel when they first learn of the jersey number they'll be wearing on their football team. So now imagine what it must feel like when arriving at a major university such as Michigan.
Unfortunately, there is no official release for the numbers these freshmen will be receiving; however, Touch the Banner has been doing a nice job of compiling a list of all the ones that have been shared with the public.
Of the 27 scholarship players that will be freshmen this fall, all but six have had their jersey number revealed.
The six that are still a mystery are Delano Hill, Ben Gedeon, Reon Dawson, Csont'e York, Patrick Kugler and Scott Sypniewski.
On the contrary, the six freshmen that enrolled early have had their respective numbers known for a long time. There is one change to that list, though: Ross Douglas will be switching from No. 7 to No. 29.
The freshman that will now be sporting No. 7 on defense may come as a bit of a surprise: Henry Poggi. Even though it might not be popular to give the famous No. 7 to defensive linemen, it could wind up looking really good on Poggi.
On the other hand, Shane Morris will receive the No. 7 on offense. This isn't a surprise at all and is probably the smart choice.
Along with Morris, Derrick Green is probably the most hyped recruit in this class. He will be wearing the No. 27, just as he sported a No. 27 Michigan jersey on the day he committed.
The other freshman running back joining Green in this class, DeVeon Smith, has received No. 4. This is a pretty popular number among running backs and should wind up looking sharp on Smith.
Da'Mario Jones, the most hyped receiver in this class, will be wearing No. 14, while Jaron Dukes will be displaying No. 83.
There are six offensive linemen that Michigan is bringing in this class, with two of them, Kyle Bosch and Logan Tuley-Tillman, having enrolled early.
The others are as follows: David Dawson (No. 55), Chris Fox (No. 73) and Dan Samuelson (No. 74).
As for the defensive side of the ball, it didn't take long for Will Campbell's No. 73 to be replaced—fellow defensive tackle Maurice Hurst has now inherited it.
Much-hyped Ohioan linebacker Mike McCray will be sporting the No. 9, which was most recently worn by Marell Evans on defense.
Michigan is bringing in a slew of defensive backs in this class, with some garnering lots of attention and others not so much. One of those with a lot of hype surrounding him is local Cass Tech product Jourdan Lewis (No. 26).
On the other hand, a major sleeper in this class at corner is Channing Stribling (No. 8).
That's basically the rundown on the numbers these freshmen will be wearing for their respective Wolverine careers.
Now that these young men are officially living on campus, I think it's safe to introduce them to the Michigan family.
After all, these kids are the future of Michigan football.
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