Michigan has three commits in the 2016 class from the state of Indiana, and if the opening week of play in the Hoosier State was any indication, the Wolverines identified the right three as each of them put up big numbers.
Indianapolis Ben Davis is one of the state's top contenders and running back Chris Evans is a big part of that. Evans is committed to Michigan as an athlete and potential slot, but with a recent season-ending injury to running back commit Matt Falcon, Evans could project as a true tailback as well. Arsenal Tech's defense would likely agree with that assessment as Evans carved them up for 112 yards and three touchdowns on only four carries Friday in Ben Davis' 63-0 victory.
Not to be outdone was Winchester's Kiante Enis, another high school running back committed to Michigan as an athlete. Enis, who has a chance to break state records for rushing yards this season, carried the ball 23 times for 341 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-7 victory over South Adams. He also scored his team's other touchdown on an interception return for a score. The state's all-time single-season rushing mark is 3,536 set by current Purdue freshman Markell Jones in 2014. Enis rushed for 3,189 in that season.
He told The Michigan Insider's Josh Newkirk after that big performance that running back is his first option when he gets to Ann Arbor.
"I know first of all I am coming in as a running back," he said. "They are going to play me in the backfield coming in. There has been talks of going out to wide receiver, going out deep. There has also been talks of me playing in the secondary at safety. I'm a two-way player, so I'm comfortable playing either way. Just looking forward to getting up (there) to do anything I can to help the team win."
Quarterback commit Brandon Peters built on a good offseason and had an extremely efficient first game against Plainfield. The Avon star only threw two incompletions (13-of-15), and racked up 234 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-0 victory.
The big showdown happens this week when Peters and Avon head to Ben Davis to take on Evans. That game kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Mitchell announces Thursday
Egg Harbor (N.J.) Cedar Creek wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell, one of Michigan's top targets on the board, will announce his decision Thursday. Mitchell is down to Michigan and Ohio State, with the Wolverines believed to be the heavy leader. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Mitchell caught 47 passes for 872 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Wolverines host Hall again
Oak Park offensive tackle Jaraymond Hall is part of Michigan's "Pipeline 9" group of 2017 recruits, and he visited the Wolverines again on Saturday for the team's practice inside Michigan Stadium. Hall has held a Wolverine offer since the spring and holds them high on his list.
"When I first got there, I talked to Coach Habruagh, Coach Wheatley and Coach Drevno, and then I walked around with Coach Campbell," Hall said. "They were just asking how camp has been going and about our first game coming up and stuff like that."
At one point, an early commitment from Hall seemed possible, but he says he will wait. His next college visit will be to Michigan State on Sept. 12 when the Spartans host Oregon.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.