Aashari Crosswell was a man on a mission Saturday. The 2018 Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins safety made his way to Michigan's satellite camp at his school that day with 21 scholarships to his name, but was determined to add another his ledger.
Said Crosswell of his mindset, “I'm just going to show them what I can do and hopefully they end up offering me."
By the time the dust settled he’d executed his plan to deliver a head-turning performance, the highlight of which was the fastest obstacle course time run at any Michigan camp this summer.
"I did great,” a confident Crosswell said afterward. “I did great and proved to the coaches what I'm capable of."
No offer came that day, but the Golden State star was convinced one would come soon. If and when it did the impact would be immediate.
"They'd probably be in my top 10," he said.
Two days later Michigan earned that distinction.
“I got the offer from Michigan on June 27th,” recalled Crosswell. “Coach Brown told me. I was excited. (I) knew Michigan was going to offer because of my performance at the camp.”
While the scholarship was clearly the catalyst for his stronger consideration of the Maize & Blue, his interest actually began to rise during a trip to the Great Lakes State early in the spring.
"I took an unofficial visit (to Michigan),” he said. “It was a cool little trip. (I) enjoyed myself. (I) went with B2G (his seven on seven team). It's a cool campus."
Saturday he came away from the camp thinking Michigan’s coaches are cool also.
"(Harbaugh) is a nice coach,” Crosswell said. “He's really funny and he's just one of those coaches you want to play for one day."
"(Don Brown is a) hype man, to be honest."
"(Defensive backs coaches Mike Zordich and Brian Smith) were good. I appreciate them coming out here and showing me a little bit of tips to help improve my game."
Clearly Michigan made a strong impression, but Crosswell’s recruitment is far from over. He hasn’t even determined yet all of the criteria he’ll consider when picking a school. However, he does know what he won’t consider.
"(Distance) isn't going to be a factor," he said.
Signing day 2018 is his target date for figuring it all out.