High School Notebook: Recruiters zero in on Michigan slump

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College football recruiters have been known to use any piece of information to get an edge with a high school player. Some of them are trying to use Michigan's bad start to help with the recruitment of Montour High School player Christian Wilson.

Wilson, a senior running back/linebacker, made a verbal commitment to Michigan last month. But that hasn't stopped other schools from calling him recently. And the Wolverines' woes definitely come up in the conversation.

Wilson didn't want to say what colleges have called, but said: "Even though I'm committed, coaches aren't going to give up. It doesn't help that Michigan has lost two in a row."

"Some of the coaches will just say, 'Hey, if something goes wrong at Michigan, you always have a scholarship here.' They tell me that [Michigan coach] Lloyd Carr might resign. They don't make fun of Michigan, but they just say some things."

Wilson said he is solid with his commitment to Michigan, but added, "If their coaching staff goes, I'll have to see what's going on."

Michigan's 0-2 start also has affected its standing with Gateway running back/defensive Cam Saddler, who was supposed to make an official visit to Michigan this weekend. But after Michigan lost to Appalachian State in the season opener, Saddler pushed his visit back to late November.

One reason for Saddler's change was because he wanted to visit Michigan with Gateway teammate Shayne Hale. Both have been offered scholarships. Hale also was going to visit Michigan this weekend, but he is taking the SAT for the first time Saturday and decided to postpone the visit.

Hale, a fullback-defensive end, and Saddler also are considering Virginia and West Virginia.

"I pushed all of my official visits back, just because some of these situations are iffy," Saddler said. "Like Virginia. People aren't too happy down there. And you know people aren't too happy in Ann Arbor with Michigan. Plus, we want to make a championship run with our team, so I want to put all this recruiting stuff on the back burner."

Saddler said Michigan's 0-2 start definitely got him thinking.

"I don't know if I want to go to a school with a new coach," Saddler said.

"What if that new coach doesn't want a 5-foot-6 player like me. Wait. Let me correct that. I should've said a 5-9 player like me."

RB still in hospital

Woodland Hills running back Josh Powell was still in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland yesterday, recovering from a neck injury in the game Friday against Baldwin. Woodland Hills coach George Novak said Powell is moving, and there is no danger of paralysis, but more tests are being done.

"The MRIs have shown no problems, but he does have muscular or nerve trauma in his neck," Novak said. "He's very weak, and the muscles in his neck are weak."

More Keystone woes

The Class AAA Keystone Conference has been much maligned for its 0-24 playoff record the past six seasons. Things haven't gone well for Keystone teams the first two weeks of this season, either. Keystone teams were 1-13 in non-conference play the first two weeks. Mount Pleasant was the only team to win a game.

Young ones

Canon-McMillan sophomore Mike Hull has 371 yards rushing in two games and is averaging 11.2 yards a carry. Hull's father, Tom, played at Penn State in the early 1970s.

Alexis Rosario, a 6-3, 225-pound freshman at Summit Academy, has seven sacks in two games, including five in the season opener.

Wally Rideout, a sophomore at Ambridge, had one carry for minus-7 yards in the season opener against Aliquippa, but had 150 yards on 17 carries in Week Two against Uniontown.

Two for 100

It's unusual for a girls' soccer team to have one 100-goal scorer. But the Greensburg Central Catholic girls' team has two. Rachel Sebbens scored her 100th career goal last Wednesday. Teammate Nicole Petrillo came into the season with 118.

More females playing

A little more than 3 million girls around the country participated in high school athletics during the 2006-07 school year, the most since the National Federation of State High School Associations started conducting a participation survey in 1971.

Boys' participation of more than 4 million last year is the highest since 1977-78. Pennsylvania was seventh in participation last year with 276,911 athletes. Texas (763,967) was first, followed by California, New York, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

Mike White can be reached at mwhite@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1975.


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