INDIANAPOLIS -- Kicking off his senior season with a bang Friday night, 2015 Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis four-star linebacker Asmar Bilal and his team pounded Cathedral at home, 44-19.
A somewhat surprising score given the local buzz, Bilal says he and his team were eager to prove themselves.
“We did well as a team,” Bilal said. “We were able to let out what we’ve been doing all summer and just preparing for the season so I think we just did great as a team.
“There’s a lot of things we can improve on but for now, for the first chapter, I think we did pretty well.”
Producing early and often for Ben Davis out of his middle linebacker spot, Bilal’s name was mentioned over the PA system seemingly every other play.
Able to stick his nose into the hole to bring down ball carriers, even coming up with a big time backside sack, Bilal hit double-digit tackles midway through the second quarter.
In his first appearance as a senior, Bilal also brought a more vocal presence to the table Friday.
“Just leadership,” Bilal said. “Stepping up to the plate for me being a senior now and just being a leader and helping out the younger guys as well.”
Informing Scout.com’s Anna Hickey during the summer that Michigan and Notre Dame are two schools really standing out for Bilal in his recruiting process, the four-star talent says that remains status quo.
“Yes sir,” Bilal said. “Those two are my final two right now.”
“Other schools are still trying to keep in contact with me,” added Bilal. “But Michigan and Notre Dame are just my primary two right now.”
For the Irish, who has had a great deal of success under Brian Kelly, Bilal is impressed for several reasons.
“Notre Dame, it’s just, the prestigious Notre Dame,” Bilal said. “It’s in-state, great coaches and it’s just a great place.”
When it comes to Michigan, Curt Mallory and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison are leading the charge in this recruitment for the Wolverines.
“Coach Mattison, he’s a great coach,” Bilal said. “He’s real goofy. I got a great relationship with him and just, Michigan is a great school as well.”
With glowing comments on both of his final two schools, Bilal admits he isn’t sure what will separate one from the other when a decision is finally made.
“Right now it seems that nothing really is going to change,” Bilal said. “I pretty much know everything I feel like I need to know right now so, I think ultimately it’ll just be a gut feeling.”
“I may take an official visit but I’m really unsure right now,” added Bilal. “Right now I’m really just focused on the season.”
Celebrating Friday’s victory with a plethora of family members, friends and a seemingly very strong support system, Bilal says they’re all encouraging him to look at his recruiting process with one factor in mind.
“They say just pretty much decide on whichever school I’d go to if football wasn’t involved,” Bilal said. “So, where would I stay and how would my future go with that? So, I think that’s what they’d say about that.”
Asked directly if either Michigan or Notre Dame had crept into the lead at this point, Bilal chose to keep that one close to the vest.
“Right now, I guess that’s just to myself,” Bilal said. “No ones really standing out.”