Philadelphia (Pa.) West Catholic teammates Marques Slocum and Derrell Hand took plenty of official and unofficial visits together during this past recruiting year. However, the talented duo decided to go their separate ways when it came down to choosing a school.
"Derrell chose Notre Dame and Marques picked Michigan," said West Catholic assistant coach Williard Cooper from their press conference. "For Derrell, it came down to the coaching staff. He really liked the new staff a lot. He also liked the tradition at Notre Dame and the academics.
"Marques has always been a big Michigan fan since he was little. He also liked the tradition and the chance to contend for a Big 10 title each and every year. He'll play defensive tackle at Michigan and some defensive end in their 3-4 scheme. Both guys will play defensive tackle."
Slocum is ranked as the nation's No. 1 offensive guard and would be a top five defensive tackle as well. He is the No. 36 player in the country and he chose Michigan over Michigan State. Hand is ranked as the No. 39 defensive tackle in the country. He chose Notre Dame over Michigan State and Wisconsin.
"Both guys are very good players," said Cooper. "They're big and can move."
Slocum is 6-foot-4 and 331 pounds while Hand is 6-foot-2 and 298 pounds.