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Michigan picks up pair of talented tight ends

Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:08 pm
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Posted by Bryan Fischer

Why get a commitment from one tight end when you can pick up two? 

Such was the case for Michigan Friday morning as the Wolverines added verbal commitments from Cincinnati (Ohio) tight end A.J. Williams and Farmington Hills (Mich.) tight end Devin Funchess.

“I just enjoyed myself every time I went up there, and my sister is up there and it’ll be nice to be there with her in college," Funchess told 24/7 Sports. “I like how all the alumni come together and have fun even though they didn’t play together. They still get together and their like brothers.”

The 6-foot-6, 260 pound Williams visited Michigan almost a month ago for a Junior Day and seemed to favor them ever since. The commitment also brings an end to the very hectic recruiting process for the talented pass catcher.

"Honestly, for the last couple days I've been calling those coaches non-stop," Williams told Scout. "I just felt it in my heart, and I thought, what's the point in waiting around for anyone else?"

For both players, who are among the best in the midwest at their position, their commitment came with a loud cheer from the coaches in Ann Arbor.

"Everybody at Michigan was excited! I talked to the whole staff," Williams said. "And it feels good."

“They were all excited,” Funchess added. “They said they have so many formations they can put me in.”

Williams held offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State among others. Funchess held offers from Missouri, Nebraska and Virginia among others. He has been participating in several 7-on-7 tournaments this offseason after coming off a junior year where he caught 36 passes for over 700 yards and six touchdowns.

The pair are the fifth and sixth commitments for Michigan's class of 2012. Talented tight end Chris Barnett signed with the Wolverines last year.

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