Army Practice Recap – West U-M Targets; Day 1

The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb and Eugene Hankerson reflect upon the day one performances of Jordan Elliott, Mike Onwenu, Brandon Peters, Devin Asiasi, David Long, Dylan Crawford, Donnie Corley, and Lavert Hill. There also numerous recruiting notes, including the latest announcement and visit plans for Crawford, Long, and Hill.

(Report written by Eugene Hankerson)

San Antonio, Tex.  --  For the fifteenth time The Michigan Insider made its way down to the Lone Star State U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and on day one of action Monday the crew set up camp at the West team’s practice covering three commitments and five prospects. The performance put on by Wolverine commit Jordan Elliott proved to be the most noteworthy and elicited a great deal of praise from’s crew of analysts.  The Houston (Tex.) Westside star native put on a show in the morning practice session, beating double teams, splitting blockers, and using his speed disrupt plays in the backfield.  Elliot kept it going in the afternoon session, pretty much bullying past the opposition.  After practice, he reiterated his commitment to Michigan by saying “I wish I could sign today” and that he doesn’t have any dealings whatsoever with schools other than Michigan.

There was one offensive lineman that was able to stymie Elliot’s rush efforts a couple times, and his name is Michael Onwenu.  The future Wolverine and now former Detroit Cass Tech star looks to the Wolverines’ next prize from one of the most talent rich programs in the Great Lakes State.  Onwenu was the first team right guard on day one and seemed extremely comfortable there.  No one got past him, as he consistently stonewalled defenders at the line of scrimmage.  Onwenu won back to back reps versus Elliot, showing that once he gets his paws on a defender, they’re done.

Another future Wolverine that impressed was Brandon Peters.  The Avon, Indiana product is on the big stage this week, going toe to toe with Shea Patterson and K.J. Costello.  On Monday, he looked the part.  You could argue that no other quarterback was better than him.  Peters was impressive, showing off arm strength and accuracy.  He connected twice with Wolverine WR target Dylan Crawford for would be touchdowns.  It will be interesting to see how Peters performs when the tempo is sped up during an offense vs defense padded practice leading into the game.

California Dreaming?

Michigan is after three of the best West Coast prospects in this game.  The one that had the best day was Concord (Calif.) De la Salle tight end Devin Asiasi. Despite playing in a veer offense throughout his high school career he showed the skills necessary to be a consistent receiving threat at the next level.  He is a natural, and just glides for a guy his size.  He didn’t drop a pass and just oozes big time potential.  No visit to Michigan is scheduled yet.  Whether one will be remains to be seen.  He told The Michigan Insider that he is looking to set one up, but didn’t mention Ann Arbor as one of one but he is trying to fit it in.

One of the West’s most dynamic players is Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola DB/ATH David Long.  Unfortunately he got tangled up with Donnie Corley early in practice, and get many reps during 1 on 1’s, but he insisted that he’ll be ready to on Tuesday.  Look for a full breakdown then.  On the recruiting front Long reiterated that he is down to Washington and Michigan and reported that the Wolverine coaches will be the last coaching faces he sees before he makes his decision.  He’ll officially visit Washington the weekend of January 16th, then will host Michigan upon returning home.  He’ll then announce his choice before leaving for Italy on the 22nd.

The last of the California targets, Santa Margarita (Calif). Wideout Dylan Crawford had a decent day.  He wasn’t active much in the morning practice, but shined in the afternoon session during the 1 on 1’s.  He ran past several defensive backs.  He plans to announce his decision during the All American and prevalent scuttlebutt in San Antonio suggests Michigan is the favorite (though Crawford himself chose to keep any leanings close to the vest). However, Saturday’s commitment won’t spell the end of his recruitment.  He said he plans to take his three remaining official visits in January. Washington, Miami, and Georgia are the likely stops.  Stay tuned to the Michigan Insider for more on him later.

Can Michigan grab one from King?

Detroit (Mich.) King wideout Donnie Corley had an impressive day, running terrific routes and showing good hands.  The soft spoken receiver wan outstanding.  Is Michigan really in it or just another hat on the table? He said that he has a strong rapport with Michigan receiver coach and pass game coordinator Jedd Fisch, and that he was impressed by the growth of Michigan’s passing offense.  Even so, it appears that Ohio State is the school that has emerged to pose the biggest threat to his longtime presumed leader Michigan State.

Michigan appears to be in much better shape with Corley’s teammate and good friend LaVert Hill.  The younger brother of current Michigan safety Delano Hill defended a couple passes, but got beat a few times as well (mostly when playing off the receiver instead of press).  It truly was and up and down day, but there’s nothing up and down about his talent.  Hill is one of the fastest player on the field.  In recruiting Hill is going back and forth on whether to commit to a school during the game Saturday.  He mentioned the need to talk it over further with his mother first. He’ll make the call on whether to do so later this week.  Even if he does he said to expect him to take his remaining official visits to Michigan State, USC, and Clemson offer (who recently offered).

Stay tuned to The Michigan Insider for more on all of these players throughout the day and week.

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