Michigan Inks 18 for Inaugural Recruiting Class

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head coach John Paul has signed 18 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to comprise the program's inaugural recruiting class. Two players rank among ESPN Rise's Top 100, while two more were rated as Top 25 players within ESPN Rise's positional ratings. Additionally, Inside Lacrosse rated one player as the No. 2 Canadian prospect for the Class of 2012.

"We're thrilled with this group," said head coach John Paul. "This is a talented class, but even more importantly as the first ever Division 1 recruiting class at Michigan, these 18 young men represent something very special. They are making history, and each of them has the potential to leave their mark on the program. We couldn't be more excited to welcome them to the Michigan lacrosse family."

By position there are five attackmen, four defenders, four midfielders, three long-stick midfielders, one faceoff specialist and one goalie.

Chase Brown (Annapolis, Md./Severn School) -- A 6-1, 210-pound longstick midfielder, Brown has received three varsity letters for head coach Brian Wood. In 2011, Brown scooped up 57 ground balls, forced 27 turnovers and chipped in a goal and two assists as Severn placed second in the county. Brown was also a member of the Maryland Freestate team last summer. He has been named team captain for his senior season in 2012. Brown has earned three letters on the football field.

Cooper Charlton (Hudson, Ohio/The Hill Academy [Ontario]) -- Charlton is a 6-3, 200-pound defender who lettered all four years at Hudson High School for head coach David Blue. Charlton is currently taking a postgraduate year at The Hill Academy where he is coached by Brodie Merrill and Merrick Thomson. Charlton is a two-time Under Armour Underclassman All-American, 2011 US Lacrosse Second Tier All-American and 2011 OHSLA All-Ohio first team honoree. As a senior at Hudson, he captained the team to the 2011 Ohio state championship. He was the team's defensive MVP as a junior and senior and received the Ray Hyser Sportsmanship Award.

Graham Conlan (Mohnton, Pa./Hill School) -- Conlan is a 6-1, 170-pound defender who has earned three varsity letters and will captain his Hill School team as a senior in 2012. He is coached by Ned Ide. ESPN Rise rated Conlan as the No. 22 defender in the class of 2012.

Brendan Gaughan (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) -- A 6-4, 195-pound attackman, Gaughan has received three varsity letters while playing for head coach Jesse Foss. For the class of 2012, ESPN Rise ranked Gaughan the No. 7 attackman and its No. 27 overall player. In 2011, he registered 48 goals and 31 assists, which led to the following honors: US Lacrosse Second Tier All-America, Under Armour All-America West Team, ESPN HS All-America honorable mention. His La Costa Canyon squad was the 2010 CIF Champion and was the CIF runner-up in 2009. Gaughan is a former high school teammate of current U-M sophomore Andrew Hayden. Gaughan also lettered three times in football.

Evan Glaser (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh School) -- A 6-0, 190-pound attackman, Glaser has received three varsity letters playing for head coach Andy Hilgartner. Glaser scored 24 goals and added 18 assists in a starting role in 2011 as his squad reached the MIAA semifinals. He has been named team captain for the 2012 campaign.

Matt Graham (Amityville, N.Y./Chaminade) -- A 5-8, 150-pound midfielder, Graham plays for head coach Jack Moran. Graham had nine goals, four assists and 33 ground balls as a junior to earn all-league honors in 2011.

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