Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Livonia native Naurato inks with U-M

Brandon Naurato will be one of the older freshman on the Michigan roster this fall, but as one of his future coaches notes, that's what the Wolverines need.

Nauarato, a Livonia native, signed with Michigan during the spring signing period and will start his college career this fall.

"Brandon Naurato has always been known for his scoring ability, and the reason we recruited Brandon to Michigan is because we feel he can bring some offense to our team," Michigan associate head coach Mel Pearson said. "He played for a strong program the last couple years in the Omaha Lancers, who have turned out a number of successful college players, and we expect Brandon to make an impact offensively on our team."

Of the nine incoming recruits, all are 1987 birthdates, with the exception of Tyler Swystun, a 17-year-old from Alberta. Naurato is the lone 20-year-old frosh.

"I think it is important that you have the right mix for your team," added Pearson. "You need the right chemistry and you need a little bit of everything in your recruiting class, and because this class is so large it was important that we have a couple experienced players. Brandon is an older player and should be more ready to contribute right away."

For the Lancers this season in the USHL, Naurato, a 6-foot, 185-pound forward, tallied 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points and was plus-7 in 49 regular-season games. Naurato will join fellow Lancer and fall 2004 signee Tim Miller (Davisburg) on the Wolverines roster for the 2005-06 campaign.

Michigan will have four Lancer alumni on its roster next season as current defensemen Jason Dest (Fraser) and Tim Cook also played for the Lancers from 2001-2003.

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