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Vladimir Emilien Goes Blue

Safety Vladimir Emilien of Plantation High School in Lauderhill, Florida has given his word to become a Michigan Wolverine. Emilien is a 6-1 190-lb player who has been clocked at 4.50 in the 40-yard dash. He is a 3-4-star prospect to each recruiting site, and and marks Michigan's 20th commitment in the class of 2009.

Player Notes
Emilien had a fairly impressive offer sheet prior to his commitment, and is known as a safety prospect who can play either position. He has good speed in the defensive backfield, and could excel under the tutelage of Mike Barwis. He has fairly good size as well, and will likely end up as a big run-supporting strong safety. Emilien has a good reputation of going 100% on every play, a good sign that he meets Rodriguez's all-important criterion of "loves football."

Recruiting Notes
Emilien was offered at the beginning of May, though it seemed even at that time that he was bound for Ohio State. All indications from the beginning of his recruitment showed that he was a heavy Buckeye lean. However, the OSU class filled up fairly quickly, and there was no longer room for him in the class of '09. When Ohio State allegedly pulled an offer from one of their commitments following an off-field incident, it appeared as though Emilien's break may have come. However, he never committed to the Buckeyes, and after the Michigan State game official visit, the Wolverines may have taken over the top spot in his mind. Originally planning to announce yesterday, Vlad delayed his decision until today, and picked Michigan over Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Stanford.

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“Vladimir Emilien Goes Blue”

  1. Anonymous jacques auef Says:

    Nice to see that we have at least one win against the Buckeyes in getting Vlad's commitment. Let's hope he creates misery for the Buckeyes and other teams while in college.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous Says:

    He is a 4 star at Rivals, and ESPN rates him an 80, which is in their 4 star-ish range.

  3. Blogger Griffin Fraley Says:

    From what I've heard, the only reason he isn't a 4 star on Scout is because of the injury. Rivals and ESPN don't seem to have a problem with it though. He's clearly a 4 star "talent," so here's hoping the knee is a one time thing.