Chris Barnett switches commitment, signs with Michigan

By Mark Snyder / Detroit Free Press

Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell tight end Chris Barnett, who was committed to Arkansas, switched and was sending his letter-of-intent to Michigan this afternoon, The wolverine.com reported.

It was the biggest surprise of the day, as Barnett, a four-star recruit, was scheduled to decide later in the week.

He is U-M’s 20th signee in this class.

Earlier, the Wolverines added to their 2011 recruiting class, bringing the expected total to 19 currently, when Cleveland Glenville tight end/linebacker Frank Clark committed to Michigan this morning, Glenville coach Ted Ginn said.

“He said that was the best place for him,” Ginn told the Free Press. “He’s going to be a linebacker. He likes the staff and everybody there. He’s an athlete who can do it all.”

Clark, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, is the first player from Glenville to go to Michigan since Pierre Woods in 2002. It’s a significant milestone for U-M as Glenville has yearly produced the Midwest’s best talent in the years since but nearly all of the elite players have gone to Ohio State.

The morning wasn’t perfect for the Wolverines, though.

Traverse City West offensive lineman Jake Fisher, a U-M commitment from the summer until Rich Rodriguez’s staff was fired in early January, sent his letter-of-intent to Oregon this morning, according to multiple recruiting websites. He still had Michigan and Michigan State as his finalists.

Also, Washington Post reporter Josh Barr reported this morning that DeMatha defensive tackle Darian Cooper will sign with Iowa today.

That leaves Denver Mullen linebacker Leilion Willingham, who Tom Van Haaren of mgoblog.com reported will postpone his announcement until Thursday.

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