(Notes by Eugene Hankerson)
Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic receiver Dylan Crawford got the day started with a bang. The Golden State star caught the first pass thrown in the game, then proceeded to the podium to announce he was all Maize & Blue. Crawford is the 23rd commitment in and the fourth receiver Michigan's 2016 recruiting class. The four-star pass-catcher made the most of his opportunities during the game, hauling in three receptions for 30 yards.
The Wolverines had three other commitments in the game, and several recruiting targets.
Avon (Ind.) quarterback Brandon Peters had an up and down day, struggling to establish a rhythm with his receivers. He did throw a beautiful ball down the seams to newly minted Michigan State pledge Donnie Corley. Peters was 4/16 for 74 yards, but left feeling the experience improved his game.
“I thought I had a great week,” Peters said afterward. “I got a lot better throughout the week (and) learned some good things. Definitely the big boys hit harder up at this level for sure. But it was a great experience for sure
“It just gives me (a frame of reference for) what it’s going to be like (in college). I’ve got to adjust to it little bit, but I found out. (Now) I just keep working from there.”
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech offensive guard Michael Onwenu was able to translate his success from practice to the game. He was strong at the point of attack and didn’t allow much pressure to get the West quarterbacks. What was most impressive was how he moved in space in screen game, blocking down field with ease.
Houston (Tex.) Westside defensive tackle Jordan Elliott wasn’t able to dominate like he did in practice throughout the week. He was active, but bust through double teams as successfully. All told, though, it was a very strong week for the four-star standout. He has the physical tools, but moving forward he’ll need to continue to develop his counter moves and technique and play consistently with the intensity that he showed in San Antonio.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola cornerback David Long had an impressive Army game outing. One of the top targets left on Michigan’s board, Long defended several pass attempts and even came away with an interception. He answered the call almost every time he was thrown at, giving up only minimal gains.
It was a relatively quiet afternoon for Detroit (Mich.) King cornerback LaVert Hill. After being awarded the Lockheed Martin Air Defender of the Year Award on Friday night, Hill was got off to a slow start working in with the second team defense. He defended one pass and had two tackles.
The record will show that Old Tappan (N.J.) defensive back Jordan Fuller was beat for a pair of touchdowns, but the footnote should read “he has a high ceiling.” Fuller is projected by many to be a free safety, but he prefers to play corner. He was playing press coverage and was just a little out of position when he got beat. Once he’s put in the right position, with his skill set, he could be a force out on the island.
Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Devin Asiasi almost made the praise for his terrific hands this week seem misplaced we he dropped a wide open pass early in the game. He made up for in later though with a 25 yard touchdown reception down the seam. That capped an outstanding week for the Golden State star, who is not slated to officially visit Michigan January 22nd.
Lastly, Michigan is far from the favorite for Elberton (Ga.) Elbert County ATH Mecole Hardman Jr, but the five-star talent showed why Jim Harbaugh & company will keep recruiting him until the bell. The Peach State star caught three passes for 36 yards (with a long of 27), had one rush for five yards, returned two punts for 57 yards (with a long of 31) and two kicks for 45 yards (with a long of 28). Simply put, he was one of the game’s most dynamic players and looks like a can’t-miss star at the next level.