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Future Wolverines turn heads in San Antonio
Aidan Hutchinson felt a little snubbed. When the coaches for the West team at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl broke up the defensive roster into units, they placed Hutchinson on the second team for the game last Saturday in San Antonio.
“There was the first-string pod and second-string pod, and I ended up in the second-string pod, which I was a little disappointed in,” Hutchinson said. “I think my performance made up for that, and I was happy I performed the way I did.”
Hutchinson made a name for himself on national TV by making 4 tackles with 2 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in the West’s 17-16 win against the East.
— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) January 6, 2018
Hutchinson and fellow 2018 Michigan signees Jalen Mayfield and Cameron McGrone were on the West team. All three players signed on Dec. 20 during the early signing period, and they are each rated as 4-star prospects by the 247Sports composite. Hutchinson and McGrone roomed together during the week, with Mayfield being their next-door neighbor, Hutchinson said.
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“It was a little glimpse of what the future can hold,” Hutchinson said. “It was pretty cool having Jalen and Cam on the same team.”
McGrone was credited with making 3 tackles, while Mayfield played both right tackle and left tackle on offense. The switch to left tackle was made after another player got sick and couldn’t play after halftime.
Linebackers don’t always get a chance to showcase much in all-star games, but this was a really impressive open field tackle from Indianapolis LB Cameron McGrone yesterday #ArmyBowl pic.twitter.com/t8DOE7O80W
— Josh Helmholdt (@JoshHelmholdt) January 7, 2018
Brandon Brown of Rivals.com spoke with West offensive line coach Ben Cook after the game. Cook was impressed with what he saw from Mayfield.
“Jalen hadn’t worked at left tackle all week,” Cook told Brown. “One of our left tackles got sick and wasn’t feeling good coming out of the half so I grabbed Jalen and talked to him and asked if he’d want to bounce over to the left side and he said, ‘Yes sir, I got it.’ I think that really shows you the capacity that young man has. He didn’t even blink.”
Michigan still pursuing Jarrett Patterson
The departure of tight ends/offensive tackles coach Greg Frey hasn’t adversely affected Michigan’s pursuit of tackle Jarrett Patterson, according to Steve Lorenz of 247Sports. Patterson, a 4-star prospect from Mission Viejo, Calif., is deciding between Michigan and UCLA. He plans on announcing a decision this month prior to National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
Patterson visited Michigan last month and expects to get an in-home visit from coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tim Drevno after the dead period ends Thursday.
“I know that Coach Frey worked mostly with the tight ends and his departure doesn’t affect my view of Michigan at all,” Patterson told Lorenz. “If Coach Drevno left, it would have an impact on my view of Michigan.”
Michigan has signed two tackles in the 2018 class in Mayfield and Ryan Hayes. Besides Patterson, it is also targeting 5-star prospect Nicholas Petit-Frere of Tampa, Fla.
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