The first of two big All-America games is done.
The Under Armour All-America Game was played on New Year’s Day as Team Armour defeated Team Highlight, 24-21.
Michigan had six commitments in the game, but only four played due to injuries. Commitments Jaylen Kelly-Powell, Cesar Ruiz, Kwity Paye and Luiji Vilain were all in action. While Drew Singleton sat out with an ACL injury that he had suffered earlier this season, and Kai-Leon Herbert sat out with an injury, too.
Here are some notes on how Michigan commits fared in the game.
A 4-star defensive end prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, Vilain made his case to be a 5-star on Saturday. He pressured the quarterback multiple times in limited snaps.
But it’s more to do with who he did it against rather than what he did.
Vilain was able to get past 4-star Jedrick Wills on multiple occasions – the nation’s No. 10 overall offensive tackle – along with 5-star OT prospect Austin Deculus.
He was talked about all week during practices, and Vilain showed why Sunday on national television.
Luiji Vilain is better than the #10 DE in the nation in my opinion. Michigan's class is very strong.
— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) January 1, 2017
Vilain had just over four quarterback hurries in the opening two quarters. He was also named to Scout.com’s top five defensive performers of the day.
The 4-star Michigan safety commit didn’t get as many snaps as he had hoped. But it was said throughout the week that he was one of the most cut, physical, prospects on either team.
— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) December 29, 2016
The nation’s No. 1 center played up to his title. He was called the best interior lineman on either team all week, and he continued to impress during the game. He started at center.
— S A U C Y ™ (@_OverCees) January 2, 2017
I was totally unsure how Paye would play in this game – whether he would be far off the talent level, like he had started the week of practice, or if he would outwill opposing linemen with his fiery athleticism and quick first step.
It was the latter for Paye on Sunday, as he came up big when pressuring the quarterback multiple times in limited snaps.
Here’s a great look at his best plays from the day.
— Yianni Kourakis (@YianniKourakis) January 1, 2017