It’s Monday morning, which means it’s time to recap another week of Michigan commits in action during an eventful weekend of high school football. New Jersey and New York started their schedules last weekend, which means Aaron Lewis, William Mohan, Jordan Morant, and RJ Moten got to kick off their senior campaigns. That only leaves the trio of Massachusetts commits yet to get underway.
Matchup of the Week
Unlike last week, there weren’t too many high profile match-ups involving Michigan recruits. One of the best teams faced by a current commit was New Jersey’s St. Peter’s Prep, who blanked William Mohan and the rest of Erasmus Hall 20-0.
Spoiler alert for this section in next week’s roundup: It’s going to feature the game between the top two ranked teams in the country, Mater Dei and St. Frances, who face off this Saturday in California.
Speaking of St. Frances, they put up their second consecutive shutout while beating the American Collegiate Academy 64-0. However, that turned out to not be the largest margin of victory OR longest shutout streak of the season put up by a team featuring a Michigan commit.
Southern Columbia has not yet allowed a point in their three games this season, and they’re scoring more points every week. This week they reached new heights, shutting out Selinsgrove 76-0. Gaige Garcia rushed for 11 yards and 84 yards in abbreviated playing time, scoring two touchdowns.
Those touchdowns had extra meaning for Garcia, who set the Pennsylvania state record for touchdowns scored in a career with 130. His two scores on the night tied and then put him in sole possession of the record, which was set in 2014. Even more impressive is the fact that Garcia will more than likely still have 13 games to pad his record if Southern Columbia reaches the state title game, which they have accomplished every season for the past four years. He could put himself far out of reach for a while if him and his team live up to their usual standards.
Most Impressive Stat Line
Pinnacle High School, led by quarterback commit JD Johnson, faced off against their cross-town rivals Horizon on Friday night. The game quickly turned into a shootout, with Pinnacle eventually coming out on top 63-46.
The high-scoring nature allowed Johnson to rack up six touchdown passes and at least 268 yards on the night. I say “at least” because he was reported to have 259 yards at halftime, which means it’s unlikely he only finished with 9 yards in the second half. Pinnacle posts their full box scores online later in the week so we can be sure of the full totals, but the fact that these are just partial numbers is impressive. Check out Johnson’s highlights of the game below:
Every week, a Michigan commit makes a play that is clipped on Twitter and worthy of being shared. This week, AJ Henning got the spotlight with his juggling 20-yard catch in the corner of the endzone during Lincoln Way-East’s 31-10 victory of Naperville Central.
Watching the end of the clip, you can clearly see that Henning is happy to be back on the field after an injury-plagued junior season. He’s shown that he’s back in full form so far this season, scoring in each of his team’s first two games.
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