Michigan Lands Two Four-Star Defenders
Four-star defensive backs Shaun Crawford (CB) and Tyree Kinnel (S) both committed to Michigan this past weekend, giving Michigan two five-stars and two four-stars in the class of 2015.
Everyone already knew that Crawford would be blue. He's a diminutive corner/slot combination prospect who will give Michigan even more pure explosiveness to work with. Check out my breakdown of his game and DGDestroys' New Blue post for much more on him.
Kinnel hasn't received as much attention as Crawford, although he should go on to see more playing time. His film shows an above average athlete with solid instincts and ball skills:
He checks in at 6'0", 190 pounds, and is rated as a four-star player in the 247 Composite. In extremely generalized Michigan terms, I think the staff just landed Thomas Gordon, minus a touch of tackling, plus a touch of ball skills.He always knew he wanted to end up to Michigan:
Tyree Kinnel: "I grew up a Michigan fan. It was unreal getting that offer and growing up a fan I was overwhelmed by it."— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) August 24, 2013
We'll have more on Kinnel soon.
High School Football Kicks Off
Football is nearly in full swing, and Michigan's commitments are back on the high school gridiron. All of the prospects seem to be playing at a high level, but none of them can compete with what Damien Harris does to his competition. The young Kentucky running back had 23 carries for 210 yards, 5(!) TDs, and one kick return for another score. Harris put up wild numbers all through last season as well, so don't expect him to slow up any time soon.
Bryan Mone got things started for the defensive commitments by taking down an opposing passer, leading to this Alan Branch-esque photo:
Michigan's receiver commitments did their best to keep up with Damien Harris with a pair of ridiculous plays of their own:
Michigan's third receiver commitment, Drake Harris, wasn't so lucky, suffering a hamstring injury this week that will keep him out for around four games. It's nothing too major and shouldn't hamper his development, but it could cost his team some victories.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Rivals released its list of initial 2015 five-stars prematurely, letting it be known that Michigan commitment Damien Harris will be among the nation's elite. George Campbell should get his fifth star in the company's second installment of five-stars, although his lack of ball skills could keep him from earning the coveted fifth star.
Michigan's staff really knows how to identify and secure talent early:
Worth noting that #Michigan has now received commitments from their first offered prospects at RB, WR, CB and K for 2015.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) August 23, 2013
That's impressive, especially considering that Damien Harris, George Campbell and Shaun Crawford all hold other elite offers.