Signing Capsule: Adrian Witty
Adrian Witty
GoBlueWolverine.com
Posted Feb 4, 2009


A completely under the radar prospect, Witty suffered through a long ACL injury. Michigan coaches were shown enough to offer the youngster in December, and it paid off with a Signing Day commitment.

Adrian Witty
Safety/CB 6-1/185
Deerfield Beach HS (Deerfield Beach, Florida)
NR: ** Position Rank: Not ranked

Scout.com Player Video
YouTube Highlights - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cufUQeQ0vD4

His Recruiting Story

Not much is known on the defensive back from Deerfield Beach. An injury in his final game as a junior ran through most of the summer and into his senior season. Many believe that's what damaged his recruiting process.

Only offered by Michigan, Florida International, and Kansas State, Witty may be the biggest diamond in the rough. His high school coach, Art Taylor, raved about the way the Wolverines handled Adrian and Denard's recruitment.

"They were really honest with Adrian. They told him they were really interested in recruiting him, but wanted to make sure they had a position for him. When a position came open, they offered him a scholarship. It was really nice, and they were so upfront with both of these young men. Adrian was really excited to hear that he got an offer from Michigan. Michigan was one of the ones that actually stepped up."

With Michigan in the race against only two others, the Wolverines secured Witty's first official visit when he tripped in January with Denard Robinson. From that moment on, Michigan was the school he compared the other two to.

“It was fun!” an excited Witty told GBW. “I got to meet a lot of the football players and the coaches, and check out the atmosphere around there. It was my first time experiencing the snow, my first time on a flight, just my first time for everything.”

“It was exciting. As soon as we got there, me and Shoelace started playing in the snow, throwing snow balls at each other. It was my first visit and his third, so he had more experience in going on visits.”

After that visit, Witty had publicly declared the Maize and Blue the leaders in his clubhouse, and it stayed the same as Witty announced his choice for the Wolverines early on National Signing Day.

GoBlueWolverine Commentary

Witty is perhaps the biggest unknown in the Wolverines recruiting class. Many questions surround Witty, including which position he will play and how his knee injury is holding up. Art Taylor expanded on his thoughts of what witty brings to the football field.

"Adrian is Denard but on defense. Adrian was our leader, and it was really unfortunate what happened to him last year. But he worked hard, and came back. He’s fast. Denard is a very fast young man, and Witty before the operation, rumor has it, could beat Denard in a race. He has a lot of speed. Adrian Witty is such a polite young man, and he’s not very flashy off the field. But on that field, he’s everywhere. I really can’t say enough about his personality either. He’s a really good kid, and a fantastic student in the classroom. Never in trouble, and I’ve never had any problems with him on or off the field."

A red-shirt will almost certainly be in the works for Witty, unless he can come in with a completely healthy leg and compete for early playing time. His ability to play multiple positions will help. Even if a red-shirt does occur, Witty could prove to be a major asset for the Wolverines future, and have many schools wishing they stuck with him during his high school injury.



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