Last night, the first of the postseason high school All-Star games took place in Orlando. The Under Armour All-American Bowl has long been one of the premier collections of football talent from across the country, and Michigan was well-represented this year. Four commits were selected to play in the game, and two players, four-stars Blake Corum and Andre Seldon really showed out in the game.
Arguably nobody had a better performance during the week of practices leading up to the game then Seldon, the 5-foot-9 cornerback from Belleville. His height has long been the ceiling on his ranking, but Seldon proved he could stand up to best talent in the nation, even breaking up a pass against 6-foot-7 five-star tight end Darnell Washington during practice.
Seldon kept up the pace during the actual game, tallying 4 tackles and a pass break-up. The pass break-up was on third down against four-star wide receiver Chad Johnson Jr. (yes that Chad Johnson’s son) to force the opposing team to punt. Even more importantly, when matched up against No. 1 wide receiver in the country and Ohio State commit Julian Fleming, Seldon didn’t allow a single completion in three attempts. After constantly proving his height would not deter his ability to play against larger receivers at the next level, I’d expect a good bump in the rankings for Seldon, who is still just below four-star status on 247Sports.
The other major player in the All-American Game was Blake Corum, who was looking to cap off his ascendant senior season which saw him take a big leap in the rankings. While nobody had quite as good of a week during practice as Seldon, Corum did make a name for himself, winning the evasive speed competition, which should be welcome news to Michigan fans.
It’s tough for skill players to get a lot of reps during these games when the rosters are stacked with talented running backs and receivers who all deserve touches, but Corum made the best of his opportunities. Late in the third quarter, Corum found the end zone on a 1-yard plunge to bring his team within three points. In total, he had 5 carries for 19 yards with a long of 11 yards.
The other two Michigan commits on the rosters were four-star Braiden McGregor and three-star Micah Mazzccua. McGregor obviously could not participate as he’s still recovering from his MCL and PCL tear during his season, but was present during the game. Mazzccua rotated in along the offensive line during various points in the game. His status is still up in the air after not signing during the early period, but he has said he will sign with Michigan in February.