Black to ‘showcase’ talent in Army Bowl

Michigan 2017 WR commit Tarik Black is has shone brightly in practices for the Army All American bowl this week.

Video interview by Sam Webb

Story written by Josh Newkirk 

Like many of the top prospects at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Michigan Wolverines 2017 receiver commit Tarik Black is using this week of preparation to improve his game.

“Everything has been going well," Black told The Michigan Insider. "I just love the fact that I have the opportunity to come here and showcase my talent and compete against the best."

“There is always an adjustment, you know.  You just have to get a feel for things. And that happened already. So I’m pretty cool about things now. I just like the fact that I get to compete against the best, work on my craft and get better.”

Who does Black think his toughest match up has been so far? Well, it’s a familiar name in Michigan recruiting.

“Ambry Thomas,” said Black, who pointed out his fellow U-M commit. “I’m not being biased or anything like that cause he’s a Michigan commit. But I do think he’s the best corner out here.”

Adding: “He’s a technician, a long ranging guy and has a lot of speed. You've got to work him to get open.”

On Monday, news broke that U-M WR coach Jedd Fisch had taken over as UCLA’s offensive coordinator. While Fisch would have been Black’s position coach, the Cheshire (Conn.) Academy standout says he has no ill feelings towards his departure.

 “It really didn’t affect me at all personally,” Black said on Fisch leaving. “I wish him the best. There are some great guys over at UCLA. I know they are going to do big things and will continue to grow with the addition of Jedd.”

Black says he doesn’t like to play “recruiter” for Michigan, because he didn’t like to be bothered much when he was uncommitted during his recruitment. And when asked if there were any players U-M could land this week at the Army Bowl, Black admitted he had no idea but was still very hopeful.

“Honestly, I don’t know, I hope so,” Black said. “We need some more pieces. But I think we will.”

After the game on Saturday, Black’s next step moving forward is to Michigan.  

“I go straight from here to Ann Arbor and enroll early as a mid-year guy,” Black said.

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