Welcome everybody to the first Friday Night Recaps of the season!
Every week, I’m going to do my best to round up every football commits’ stats and highlights from their games. This will be helpful in keeping track of the recruit’s performances, and get you guys irrationally excited for the future when they’re wearing the Maize and Blue.
This first edition is a Week 0 situation, with only three commits in action. Next week is when most high school teams kick off the season. Eighteen players from the 2019 and 2020 classes will be playing then, but we have an intriguing taste this week with three of Michigan’s most touted recruits putting up big numbers.
4-star RB Zach Charbonnet: Oaks Christian (CA) (1-0) vs Chaminade - W 31-13
In a highly anticipated matchup between the top two ranked teams in the Los Angeles area, Oaks Christian prevailed, knocking off top-ranked Chaminade. This was a rematch of last year’s opening game, which Chaminade one. Playing a significant role in getting revenge was Charbonnet, who ran 17 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns.
One of those touchdowns included this run, which is a textbook example of Charbonnet’s running style. That jump cut is filthy.
The 4-star running back also got people thinking he could be just as highly-rated on defense, tallying a sack and a pass breakup while playing linebacker.
Season totals: 17 attempts, 185 yards, 3 TDs
Next week: vs Edison
Eric Gray: Lausanne Collegiate (TN) (1-0) vs Rosa Fort - W 47-14
The second piece of Michigan’s running back tandem, Gray and his teammates ran all over Rosa Fort to open their season. This was their 28th straight win, tying the mark for longest winning streak of all time in Memphis.
All Gray does is collect rushing yards like Pac Man eating up little yellow dots. The senior started off his last year on a torrid pace, rushing for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the opener on only 17 carries.
Staggeringly, that’s an average game for him. Last year, in 13 games, Gray rushed for 3,151 yards and 45 touchdowns. That’s an average of 242 yards and 3.5 touchdowns a game.
HE LITERALLY PUTS THIS STAT LINE UP EVERY WEEK
Anyway — whoops, there goes Gray again for another TD.
Making this even more impressive, Gray is doing a very cool thing this season. He set up a fundraiser for people to donate to St. Jude’s hospital every time he scores a touchdown this season.
Gray set a lofty goal of $10,000, which *looks at last seasons totals* should be easily eclipsed. Good to see the young man embodying the spirit of a Michigan Man both on and off the field.
Season totals: 17 carries, 248 yards, 3 TDs
Next week: idle
Chris Hinton: Greater Atlanta Christian (GA) (1-0) vs Lovett - W 24-21
Hinton and crew triumphed in another highly ranked matchup, but this one was a much closer affair. The GAC Spartans, the No. 2 ranked team in Georgia’s AAA classification, knocked off Lovett, the No. 7 team, 24-17.
In case you were wondering, yes, Hinton is still a beast.
Chris Hinton is a machine. Just single-handily forced a 3&out. Sack, deflection, hurry (forced inc). GAC trails Lovett, 14-10. #ghsa— Mitchell Northam (@primetimeMitch) August 18, 2018
He ended up with two sacks and two deflections on the game.
His fellow 5-star brother, Myles, did not suit up for his team tonight. Hopefully the Hinton bros will be back in action together soon.
Season totals: 2 sacks, 2 deflections
Next week: vs Westminster
Phew, that was a hot start to the season. The summaries for each player won’t be as long moving forward, considering I’ll be covering just under 20 players. But this was a lot of fun to put together and I’m looking forward to collecting and documenting all of the recruits dominant moments this season.
So make sure to come back next week, when almost the whole class (plus 2020 guys!) will be in action.