Top Target Rashan Gary Wins UA Game MVP
The nation's top ranked recruit among all platforms, Rashan Gary, won the MVP for Team Highlight at the Under Armour All-American game on Saturday. He finished with six tackles, 3.5 for loss, three sacks, and provided QB pressure all game.
Gary tied the record for sacks in an UA All-American game, according to Bleacher Report. He is set to announce on signing day, and his 247 Crystal Ball currently sits at 70 percent Michigan.
He looked every bit the part of an instant-impact player on Saturday afternoon.
Your 2016 #UAALLAMERICA game MVPs: @RashanGary33 from #TeamHighlight & @Edoliver_11 from #TeamArmour! pic.twitter.com/m9YvyhG5nO— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) January 2, 2016
UM Targets Tweet About Michigan's Bowl Win
On Friday, Michigan dismantled Florida 41-7 in the 2016 Citrus Bowl. Being that bowl games tend to show where the team will trend in the next season, here are some of the U-M targets, plus a grad transfer, that took attention to Michigan's blowout win:
2016 CB LaVert Hill (Detroit, MI)
〽️〽️— Ghost (@VertHill21) January 1, 2016
2016 WR Pie Young (Miami, FL)
Oh my god Go blue— MIAMI_PIE #⃣1⃣ (@youngpie_1) January 1, 2016
2017 QB Collin Smith (Ligonier, PA)
How about that Michigan game though... 41-7 〽️— Collin Smith (@Collin17Smith) January 1, 2016
2016 LB Dontavious Jackson (Houston, TX)
41-7.. Sheesh.— Dontavious Jackson (@DJACKV_) January 1, 2016
2017 DE Corey Malone-Hatcher (St. Joseph, MI)
Michigan— corey malone-hatcher (@CMH2017) January 1, 2016
Texas C Grad Transfer Jake Raulerson
Well that was impressive #GoBlue— Jake from Statefarm (@JakeRaulerson55) January 1, 2016
Top TE Down to Two Schools
According to a report from Jeff Sentell of the Atlanta Journal constitution, one of Michigan's top targets and the nation's top tight end, Isaac Nauta, knocked his list of schools down from three to two. Nauta will enroll early in the school he chooses. His final three were Georgia, Alabama, and Michigan.
Nauta will not release the two schools he is trimmed down to, but will announce at the U.S. Army All-American game January 9th.
Nation's No. 1 tight end and major UGA target says he's now down to two schools: https://t.co/5L27f1FKjP pic.twitter.com/EyTG43c8YD— Jeff Sentell (@JeffSentell_) January 3, 2016
U-M Ron Johnson Shined Semper Fidelis Practices
Michigan commit and class of 2016 DE Ron Johnson (Camden, NJ) participated in the Semper Fidelis All-American game on Sunday.
'According to 247, Johnson was a top performer throughout the week's practices. Johnson looked ready for the next level, and according to 247's Steve Lorenz, Johnson, "dominated the Semper Fi practices".
#Michigan commit Ron Johnson dominating Semper Fi practices https://t.co/WNa95tjEVr— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) December 31, 2015
Kareem Walker Starts at RB in UA All-American Game
While Rashan Gary was winning MVP, Michigan commit Kareem Walker was facing him on the other side. The nation's top ranked RB, and early enrollee, is expected to make an impact seemingly right away in Ann Arbor.
Michigan fans got their first taste of what he's like on national TV on Saturday. Walker finished with 7 carries for only 15 yards.
U.S. Army All-American Bowl Could Put Michigan on Commit Watch
Michigan had a household of names playing in all of the All-American games, but none more than the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 9th.
The U-M commits playing in the game are:
QB Brandon Peters (IN) (Early Enrollee)
OG Michael Onwenu (MI)
DT Jordan Elliott (TX)
The U-M targets playing in the game are:
TE Isaac Nauta (Announcing)
DB LaVert Hill
WR Dylan Crawford (Announcing)
CB David Long
LB Caleb Kelly
WR Donnie Corley
DB Jordan Fuller
ATH Mecole Hardman
LaVert Hill could also announce during the game, and is believed to be a U-M lean. Crawford is expected to choose U-M, and Nauta is a complete toss up. The game airs live Saturday on NBC at 1 PM ET.
Top DB Target Jordan Fuller Lists U-M in Final Four Schools
Jordan Fuller (Westwood, NJ) will participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but as of now will not announce his commitment there. Fuller publicly set his final four schools down to Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Ohio State, according to Steve Lorenz of 247.
Fuller is the 8th overall DB in the country, and the 130th overall player in the country, according to 247.
Michigan Swings and Misses at Under Armour All-American Game
Michigan had two targets announce on Saturday during the Under Armour All-American Game. Jean Delance, who decided to commit to Texas, was heavily considering Michigan until the end, but many believe his family had a lot to do with him choosing the longhorns. Also, Terrance Davis, one of the nation's top OL, decided to commit to Maryland over Michigan. Family, and proximity to home played another huge role in this commitment.
Michigan received zero commitments at this weekend's the All-American games, but those two were the only players considering Michigan to announce.