Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh used his bye week to make the rounds to see top recruits and several high school games, including one of the most talent-laden contests of the season in Bradenton, Fla., where IMG Academy hosted Paramus (N.J.) Catholic.
Much of the attention around Michigan's exploits at Paramus has naturally focused on the nation's top prospect, defensive tackle Rashan Gary. However, the Paladins feature another blue-chip defensive talent in Drew Singleton, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior linebacker who made numerous plays against IMG. He holds a Michigan offer and likes the Wolverines.
He visited with Gary earlier this year and had a taste of celebrity in Ann Arbor.
"We went for a game and that was a whole different atmosphere. It was a crazy atmosphere," he said to The Michigan Insider's Sam Webb. "The fans were going crazy coming up to me with my teammate Rashan Gary taking pictures with us. It was crazy."
Singleton has played varsity ball since his freshman season. Aiding him in the transition to a higher level was one Jabrill Peppers. Their connection has remained to this day.
"He's my big brother," Singleton said. "It just makes me more comfortable. That's my guy. He told me it's a family atmosphere."
Singleton also likes LSU and has been there. He does not plan on narrowing anything down or moving toward a decision until his junior year is complete. It is clear that when he does that, Michigan will be in the picture for several reasons.
"How much it's a family over there and just the focus (Coach Harbaugh) has," Singleton said in explaining what he likes best about Michigan. "It's an honor watching an NFL coach because one day I want to play in the NFL."
Evans vs. Peters Round 2
The first matchup between Avon (Ind.) and Indianapolis Ben Davis this year was an instant classic, and Michigan commits Brandon Peters and Chris Evans did their part to make it so.
Peters passed for 390 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort. Evans ran for a score and had an electrifying catch-and-run for a score that helped his team edge Avon 49-42.
This Friday, the two teams will square off again. But for one player, his high school football career will be finished as it is a state playoff game.
The game will take place at Avon at 7 p.m. ET.
Wolverines offer Top 100 junior
According to Scout's Greg Biggins, Michigan extended an offer to South Jordan (Utah) Bingham defensive tackle Jay Tufele, a junior who is ranked by Scout as the nation's No. 5 player at his position and No. 54 player overall. He has also been offered by USC, UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Louisville and more.
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.