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How Michigan commits performed over the weekend
High school playoffs are in full swing, and Michigan commits are playing to stay alive for another week.
Here’s how the commits who are still alive in the playoffs fared:
Valor Christian (Colo.) 4-star QB Dylan McCaffrey – 12-of-15 passing for 221 yards, 55 rushing yards, 4 total touchdowns in a 42-0 win.
Los Lunas (N.M.) 4-star RB O’Maury Samuels – 7 carries for 159 yards, 2 touchdowns in a 60-10 win.
Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 3-star RB Kurt Taylor – 1 reception for 9 yards, 7 carries for 38 yards and 1 touchdown in a 56-7 win.
Berrien Springs (Mich.) 3-star DL Phillip Paea – 9 tackles in a 40-6 loss.
Newtown (Conn.) Sandy Hook 3-star Ben Mason – 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, .5 sack. 5 carries for 52 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 49-0 win.
What are Michigan’s chances with its WR targets?
Detroit Cass Tech 5-star Donovan Peoples-Jones – I say, with confidence, that Michigan will land Peoples-Jones. Again, I say with confidence, that he is one of the best prospects to come out of Detroit in a decade. He will start next year for Michigan, should this prediction come true. The competition is Florida, Florida State, Michigan State and Ohio State. The Gators are the biggest threat. Prediction: Michigan
Pinson (Ala.) 4-star Nico Collins – This one is wrapped up, should nothing crazy happen between now and national signing day. As for his talents, it could be a year or two before he sees playing time. He’s huge at 6-foot-5, but he’s a bit slow, and has some mechanics to work on before he’s ready for the physical cornerbacks in the Big Ten. The stiffest competition is Alabama and Georgia. On his official visit to Michigan against Maryland, he called his fourth visit “the best atmosphere he has ever been in.” Prediction: Michigan
Iowa City (Iowa) 4-star Oliver Martin – Martin remains a tricky one. It’s down to Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. He’s from the heart of Hawkeye Nation, but the word is that he doesn’t want to be a big-name superstar. He wants to be “one of the guys,” and that’s from a strong source in Iowa City. He can do just that in Ann Arbor and be part of a WR class that has a strong shot at reeling in a 5-star prospect and three 4-stars, along with 2016 4-star commit Brad Hawkins, who is a late enrollee. But Martin’s sister is a swimmer being recruited by the Hawkeyes, and the two are tight. The Irish and Spartans seem to have fallen out of it. This one will go down to the wire. Prediction: Michigan
Cheshire (Conn.) Academy 4-star WR Tarik Black – Fresh off a visit to see undefeated Alabama, Black might be shying away from being a Michigan lean.
— Tarik Black (@LetmeRockk_) November 6, 2016
That’s him and his family cheering on the Tide the week before his official visit. Not much has been said regarding his visit on Saturday, but Michigan has to feel concerned about Black’s status. It seemed to have things wrapped up with the 4-star prospect just a few weeks ago. Now, it’s up in the air, and we will all find out what he’s doing at the Army All-American Game on Jan. 7. Prediction: Not confident enough to pick.
Other quick notes
- Things with Calabasas (Calif.) 5-star CB Darnay Holmes seem to still be leaning Michigan’s way, especially with how rough UCLA’s season has been. The UCLA fan base isn’t happy with Jim Mora. Holmes should be in Ann Arbor on Dec. 11 for his Michigan visit.
- Detroit Cass Tech 3-star DB Jaylen Kelly-Powell should be announcing his decision soon. He’s visited Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon and canceled his Alabama visit. Michigan is the clear favorite.
- Michigan could land a recruit during his official visit this Saturday for the Indiana game. The prime candidate is Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep 4-star OT Isaiah Wilson. He was, at one time, a Michigan favorite, then leaned heavily toward Alabama. But now, the Wolverines carry a lot of momentum headed into his official visit. The gas will be pressed hard, and a decision may loom that shows shades of maize and blue for the 6-foot-7 lineman.
All ratings are from the 247Sports.com composite rating system, unless otherwise noted.