Three of Michigan’s December signees played in Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio: Aidan Hutchinson, Jalen Mayfield and Cameron McGrone. The top players from across the country traveled to Texas for a week of practice, drills and special events such as a 7-on-7 game against a few army soldiers.
Amongst some of the best talent in the country, the future Wolverines excelled. The trio even got a taste of what being teammates would be like as they were all placed on Team West.
Hutchinson, 4-star defensive end, possibly made the biggest splash of the week between the three. The stud defensive lineman manhandled players during practices and drills throughout the week. Even more impressive, Hutchinson broke through a talented East offensive line and spent most of the East vs West game in the backfield. In the third quarter, East was up 10-3 with the ball on 2nd & 11 when Hutchinson had a massive sack. It was his second of the day on quarterback Jarren Williams, the University of Miami (FL) commit. All in all, Hutchinson had 4 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sack—the most in the game.
The future of Michigan’s defense was well represented with not only Hutchinson dominating, but also 4-star linebacker McGrone. McGrone also had a couple of tackles for loss and helped the West pull out a win. Furthermore, McGrone was the 2018 Glen Davis Award recipient. The award is given to a U.S. Army All-American player who has demonstrated determination and excellence on the field and in the classroom. Much like what he did while recruiting other players to come to Michigan, McGrone took to social media to hype up the performance of his future teammates.
Mayfield, 4-star offensive tackle, was the third Wolverine in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. According to McGrone’s twitter (@McGrone_Strong) Mayfield “shut down some of the best d-lineman in the country.” The offensive tackle will be a great addition to Michigan’s current offensive line which has seen a lot of shifting over the course of the past season.
Less than a week after a disappointing loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl both reminded Michigan coaches what type of talent they have coming their way, and it also got Wolverine fans excited for maize and blue football again.