It was another banner week for Michigan commitments on the field as they continue to make a playoff push for their respective teams. Commits from Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and California wrapped up their regular seasons this week, with seven players still enjoying undefeated seasons. Let’s get to the highlights.
Matchup of the Week
West Bloomfield (MI) is not one of the undefeated teams mentioned above because of a strange loss to Groves earlier in the season, but it does not mean they aren’t still considered one of the main contenders to win a state title. They proved that against defending state champions De La Salle in the final game of the regular season, a 16-8 victory.
Three-star linebacker Cornell Wheeler and four-star safety Makari Paige led the charge for another strong performance by the defense, which included a safety and an unsuccessful fake punt due to a heads-up play by Paige. The West Bloomfield squad has a good shot at winning it all this year, but the road could lead them through four-star cornerback Andre Seldon and undefeated Belleville.
Speaking of Belleville, they capped off a dominant 9-0 regular season with only a couple of reasonably close games by handing Plymouth their first loss of the season, 41-14. Seldon had an interception in the third quarter to help keep Belleville out in front, and 2021 four-star linebacker target Jamari Buddin helped out on the offensive side of the ball with a touchdown catch. Between Belleville and West Bloomfield, it’s likely that at least one commit is walking onto campus next year with a Michigan state championship.
Most Impressive Stat Line
Four-star linebacker Kalel Mullings was all over the field on Saturday as Milton Academy improved to 6-0 with a 48-25 victory over previously undefeated Belmont Hill. Lining up mostly at receiver, Mullings nabbed nine balls for 158 yards and three touchdowns. If that wasn’t enough, he chipped in two more touchdowns on the ground.
Mullings didn’t slack on defense either, contributing a sack and an interception for his team. The four-star is showing why colleges were divided on which side of the ball they wanted Mullings to play by excelling at both this season. Either way, he should be a stud at Michigan.
It’s not often that an offensive lineman is going to be featured in this section, but this week is the exception thanks to Reece Atteberry. While lined up at defensive tackle for Eaglecrest, the three-star took advantage of his teammate’s strip sack to scoop up the ball and score, which is every linemen’s dream.
The most impressive part of this play is how long Atteberry’s return was. Most offensive linemen are going to be caught in the 50 yards between picking up the ball and scoring, but Atteberry managed to stay out in front of any tackler to get to the end zone.
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