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4 former walk-ons earn scholarships for Michigan football’s 2018 season

Juniors Nate Schoenle (WR), Andrew Vastardis (OL), Cameron Cheeseman (LS), and Tru Wilson (RB) have earned scholarships for the upcoming season.

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Several Wolverines announced they had received scholarship offers on Twitter. Long Snapper Camaron Cheesman was the first to break the news to his followers on Twitter:

Later, wide receiver Nate Schoenle and offensive lineman Andrew Vastardis made comments on their social media channels about the exciting news, thanking followers who had sent congratulatory tweets their way.

According to The Michigan Insider, running back Tru Wilson also earned a scholarship.

These four players earned offers after the transfers of Kekoa Crawford, Kareem Walker, Tyrone Wheatley Jr., and Eddie McDoom. Michigan also recently lost Grant Newsome to an injury-related retirement.

Possibly the most well-known of these players is Schoenle. He was a difference-maker on special teams with seven tackles, and also brought in four receptions for 41 yards last season as a sophomore receiver.

With the possibility of Tarik Black missing time with a foot injury, Schoenle could find his way into a top-3 spot on the WR depth chart. The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder from Plymouth, Michigan will have a strong chance to show he is worth the scholarship offer this season.

Wilson has also been impressing a lot of people this season. Many believe he may be vying for the No. 3 running back.

Wilson was a former quarterback at Warren De La Salle High School. He has had only one carry in his Michigan career, which was a one-yard rush his freshman season. Hopefully we will see much more production from him in the upcoming season.

Vastardis will more than likely be a second to third string offensive lineman this season with a chance to fight for a starting spot by his senior season. The junior from Ashburn, Virginia has received some praise from coaches while being on the scout team. Vastardis stands at 6-foot-3, 317 pounds and could continue to impress enough to earn himself a bit of playing time this season.

The most deserving of this list is Cheeseman. He started every single game last season as the Wolverines’ long snapper, and was long overdue for a scholarship offer. He was the former No. 2 overall long snapper in his class according to 247sports, who also had a 3-star ranking for Cheesman.

All four of these guys have proved they are worthy of scholarships offers. Hopefully they will all continue to improve and perform well when the season opens at Notre Dame on Sept. 1.