The Road to Ann Arbor

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Why did Desmond Howard spurn Nick Saban to play in Ann Arbor? How did Michigan really find All-American offensive lineman Reggie McKenzie? What did Bo Schembechler do that surprised Mark Messner and his family? And why was Tom Brady recruited so late in the process? The Road to Ann Arbor reveals how many Wolverines greats became just that. ESPN's Tom VanHaaren takes fans back to the start and behind the scenes of the college recruiting process, showing that the path to The Big House is not always straight and narrow.


Tom VanHaaren is a college football and recruiting reporter for ESPN, which he joined in 2011. A former quarterback for Michigan, Brian Griese led the Wolverines to an undefeated season and a national championship in 1997. He resides in Bristol, Connecticut.