Even though Michigan wasn’t in action this week, there were still a bunch of commits who got one step closer to their own team goals over the weekend in another eventful batch of high school games. Here’s everything notable that happened involving members of Michigan’s recruiting class this week.
Matchup of the Week
Last week I spoiled what game would be featured in this section, considering four Michigan commits would be involved in a matchup of the No. 1 and 2 teams in the country. St. Frances Academy traveled across the country to face off against Mater Dei in a battle of the titans, and unfortunately came out on the losing end by the score of 34 to 18.
There was a bright spot though, in the form of four-star running back commit Blake Corum. This season Corum has shown he doesn’t back down on big stages, putting up impressive performances on nationally televised games. He basically carried St. Frances’ offense in this game, racking up 181 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while also catching three balls for 71 yards for good measure. Here’s Corum’s 54-yard touchdown jaunt that tried to get the Panthers back in the game:
The arrow is pointing straight up for Corum’s stock right now. He’s already received a bump in the rankings because of his previous games, and if he keeps this up he could crack the top 100 when it’s all said and done.
Corum’s line could have been even better, but he was vultured for two touchdowns by fellow commit Osman Savage on the goal line. Pick Savage up in your high school fantasy leagues people! Savage also recovered a fumble and a quarterback pressure, while Nikhai Hill-Green contributed a couple of tackles.
I’m going to have to start renaming this section after Southern Columbia, who continues to steamroll their competition mercilessly this season. Led by three rushing touchdowns by Gaige Garcia, Southern Columbia blanked poor Shamokin 62-0. If you’re keeping track, this means that the team has not yet allowed a point this season in four games, outscoring their opponents 222-0, which is just insane.
On their path to this destruction, another Pennsylvania state record has been shattered. After Garcia set the state touchdown record last week, the whole team broke the regular season winning streak, which now stands at 76 games. Southern Columbia has not lost a regular season game since 2011! I’m so glad I decided to track Garcia and his team, because this level of domination is fun to follow.
Most Impressive Stat Line
Corum put up the most yardage this week, but for the sake of variety I’m going to give this award to AJ Henning, who continues to bounce back strong from his injuries from last season.
His Lincoln-Way East squad crushed Bradley-Bourbannais 42-7 as Henning continued his touchdown streak to start the season.
With Josh Gattis and Sherrone Moore in attendance, Henning caught four balls for 120 yards and a touchdown, while also lining up in the backfield for seven carries, 35 yards, and two more scores. Henning continues to show that he hasn’t lost a step and deserves his top-100 status week in and week out.
Michigan high school teams have been avoiding four-star cornerback Andre Seldon at almost comical levels while he’s been on varsity. But sometimes, Seldon’s anticipation and break on the ball is too much to overcome and a quarterback will end up making a mistake. That happened this week against Dearborn, when Seldon broke hard on a slant to pick off the opposing quarterback’s pass and take it back to the house for a pick six.
This helped contribute to Belleville’s 49-20 victory, which now puts them at 3-0 on the season. They’re one of the top contenders for a state title once again.
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