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February 7, 2008

West linemen ink letters of intent

Khoury, Keyton going Division I; Cundari to GVSU

TRAVERSE CITY -- Rocko Khoury felt a little lighter Wednesday morning.

"I'm glad it's finally over," the 6-foot-6, 275-pound Traverse City West offensive lineman said minutes after signing his national letter of intent with the Michigan Wolverines. "I didn't think it would be this much of a load off my shoulders. Now I can stop thinking about it."

Khoury was one of three West linemen to ink letters on national signing day. Darren Keyton, who committed to Central Michigan last summer, signed with the Chippewas while Dominic Cundari made his commitment to Division II Grand Valley official.

"It's a great day for these kids," former Titans football coach Matt Prisk said. "Their (immediate) futures are laid out. All they have to do now is attack it."

Khoury thought his recruitment was over last June when he verbally accepted an offer from Michigan. But then coach Lloyd Carr retired after the Ohio State game, leaving Khoury with some unanswered questions about his future.

"Anyone would have questions," he said. "To not know who your coach is going to be? That's the next five years of my future. At that point, I needed to step back and look at it -- and try to be reasonable about things."

Michigan State coaches called -- and Khoury listened.

"I still wanted to go to Michigan," he said, "but I didn't want to close the door on MSU in case something happened at Michigan with the new coaches coming in. I'm glad how things worked out."

The Wolverines hired Rich Rodriguez a week before Christmas and he immediately went to work recruiting -- and trying to keep Carr's recruits on board.

"I like him a lot," Khoury said. "In fact, I love the new coaching staff. It's a younger staff, and they really have a passion for the game. It's going to be fun."

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