The game MVP was Cleveland Glenville CB Ted Ginn, who also announced for Ohio State right after returning a kickoff for a touchdown.
Even though the MVP vote totals were not annnounced (only the winner was announced) ... the runner-up in the voting was Ill. DE Tim Jamison. Jamison played defensive end, and even though he is not huge in size (6-3 but around 225 lbs.) he was a force on defense the whole game -- putting continuous pressure on the West's quarterbacks. With his speed he was almost unblockable. Tim's dad said to GBW's new cub reporter (and daughter of Tom Beaver) in the stands, "Tim will be visiting Michigan this coming weekend, then Michigan State the next. He's already visited Wisconsin -- he really liked Wisconsin and so that's really raised the standards for him. Michigan is really going to have to show him something." Tim told Sam Webb, "I've got Michigan on the 9th of January and Michigan State on the 16th. I don't know if I'll take a visit on the 23rd. I've been to Michigan twice already, the junior day in the summer and the Ohio State game. I really didn't grow up a fan of any particular school. Factors in my decision are going to be academics, and a team that feels most like a family."
Third in the MVP voting was West running back Adrian Peterson from Texas, who announced for Oklahoma during the game.
Concord, Calif., De La Salle wide receiver Cameron Colvin would have been strongly in the running for MVP as well if he had not gone out of the game in the third quarter with a hip injury (it's a minor injury). While Cameron was in the game the West was able to match the East score for score. He made two spectacular touchdown catches -- one over Ted Ginn. Colvin has a similar 'physical presence' to Braylon Edwards although he is not as tall ... he is just as fast, just as strong, and has hands-of-glue. His two touchdown catches were (1) a spectacular diving catch (ala Desmond Howard's famous Notre Dame catch) where he beat Ted Ginn, and (2) an impressive leaping grab over two East DB's (wait until you see our photos of this one!).
Brief scouting reports on the other Michigan recruits in the game:
Michigan's latest commitment, New Mexico DE Alan Branch. Alan had a good game: he was the most effective pass rusher on the West squad. It is impressive to see a guy that big (6-6, 300+) move that well with tremendous strength. Branch played around hald the snaps -- but when the West got behind in the second half and needed to make their best defensive effort, Branch was in there full-time. We have some good pictures of Alan giving a rough time to Jeremy Ciulla and also Ryan Baker.
Pa. quarterback (and Michigan commitment) Chad Henne. All three East quarterbacks (Henne, Brian Brohm and Xavier Lee) played just about equally and all played very well -- including Chad who had a touchdown pass to his credit. Henne showed a good arm, good touch and good mobility -- the whole package. Chad was definitely a 'physical presence' out there.
Iowa wide receiver Adrian Arrington. Adrian played a lot all during the game and became the West's go-to receiver when Colvin went out. Adrain is tall and fast, but not as physically developed yet as Colvin. After the game Adrian told Sam Webb, "All the Michigan commitments have been talking to me about Michigan. Chad Henne's been working on me, Allen Branch has been talking Michigan up all week, and especially Max Martin. I was ALWAYS hearing from Max about Michigan."
Pa. offensive lineman Kyle Mitchum. Mitchum played guard in the game and was impressive -- he didn't start but the East's line played better whenever Mitchum was in. Kyle is very 'cut' and strong, and at 6-5, 260 pounds he almost looks thin. He again told us that he is looking forward to his upcoming Michigan visit this coming weekend -- his last visit.
Ala. running back (and Michigan commitment) Max Martin. The East mainly used a 1-back offense with a fullback, Brian Toal from New Jersey. So Max did not get too many snaps. When he was in the game he showed good strength and speed. And by the way -- for those that speculate that Max may play linebacker at Michigan -- forget it. He's a tailback, period. He has the body and the moves of a big tailback, not a linebacker. And one other thing -- Max is a natural leader -- if this kid does not run in the the NFL he could run for the Senate someday.
Washington DC wide receiver Doug Dutch. Doug was one of the East's kickoff returners, and played some wide receiver. He looked very fast as a returner. Note: several of the Michigan commitments remarked that Doug talked about Michigan a lot, A LOT, during the week.
Georgia offensive tackle (and Michigan commitment) Jeremy Ciulla. Jeremy started for the East and played most of the snaps all during the game. GBW got some good photos of Jeremy going against Alan Branch. Mrs. Ciulla said to GBW's new cub reporter (and daughter of Tom Beaver) in the stands, "Jeremy wants to major in medicine -- that's a big reason he picked Michigan, for the academics. He thought of taking some other visits, but after his Michigan visit he realized there was no reason to."
La. running back/athlete Ja'Kouri Williams. Ja'Kouri was a kickoff returner for the West, and played some wide receiver. After the game he told us, "They just told me once I got here that I was going to play wide receiver. I still see myself as a running back (note ... we'll see ...). I've lost a little weight this season but I'm still 180 pounds. Michigan is definitely in it for me -- I've not decided on Tennessee or anything. I'm still thinking of taking a visit to Auburn in January."
Stay tuned for photos -- Sunday evening and Monday!
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