Delray Beach, FL QB/ATH Justin Feagin joined Sam Webb on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA's Signing Day…
Signing Day Capsule: Justin Feagin
QB/Slot Receiver 6-1/195/4.60
American Heritage HS (Delray, Florida)
NR: ** - Position Rank: 93
His Recruiting Story
As was the case with so many late additions to the class, the addition of Rich Rodriguez to the Michigan football program played a significant role in this signing. A dual-threat quarterback out of Florida, Feagin wasn't on the Wolverines radar until the month of January. At that point, the team followed the lead of many others, offering the 6-foot-1, 195-pound runner.
"Coach Rodriguez and Coach Smith made it by," Feagin told GoBlueWolverine Tuesday evening. "They‘ve always been recruiting me… going back to when they were at West Virginia. Now it's just a different place. (Michigan) is something new for me, but I really like the offense."
Along with offers from Michigan and West Virginia, the sunshine state star reports offers from Miami, Rutgers, Syracuse, LSU and Oregon. Feagin took an unofficial visit to LSU and official trips to Michigan, Rutgers and Syracuse.
After returning form his trip to Ann Arbor in late January, though, it was clear that the Maize and Blue had edged its way to the front of the pack.
"It was a good visit," Feagin said. "They showed me everything I was looking for. We talked about the positions. At quarterback, basically it would be me, the three quarterbacks they have, and whoever else comes in that will compete for it. (Coach Rodriguez) told me that since I also play slot receiver, if I don't win (the quarterback) job… they have zero slot receivers on the team. So that's a spot right there. There is playing time at quarterback and playing time at slot receiver. It all depends."
"I liked all them boys," Feagin said. "Greg Mathews because we're both from Florida, Junior (Hemingway), Obi (Ezeh), and Brandon Herron…he was the dude that showed me around. He was my host, so I chilled with him too. I liked him because he just kept it up front with me and he spoke his mind. He wasn't trying to sugarcoat nothing. If it came up and I didn't like, he told me, "You ain't gone like what I'm about to tell you.' The rest of them boys were the same way. Greg, because he was from Florida, he showed me around like a big brother walking."
Coming to Michigan as a dual-threat quarterback, Feagin looks to be Steven Threet's competition for the starting quarterback job in 2008. Whether he can dethrone Threet, who's already had one season in Ann Arbor, remains to be seen, but it's clear that Rodriguez would like a quarterback who is capable of beating a defense with his legs as well as his arm.
Adjusting to defense of the Big 10 caliber will be critical for Feagin's early success. While the level of competition in Florida high schools is above that of most of the Midwest, the collegiate level is still a whole different game.
Watch for the staff to work on Feagin's arm strength to solidify him as a legitimate threat throwing the football at the collegiate level. Don't be surprised if he wins the quarterback battle or at least splits snaps with Threet to start the year.
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