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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan football recruiting notebook >> Saline’s Larry Robinson II commits to Army, Grand Blanc’s Jackson-Anderson picks EMU

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, August 2, 2021, 2:16 am

The top-ranked quarterback in Michigan’s class of 2022 is off the board, after Saline’s three-star dual-threat signal-caller, Larry Robinson II, committed to Army over the weekend. 

The 6-foot, 170-pound Robinson led Saline to an 8-1 record and a district title before getting hurt in the 2020 playoffs as a junior. When he was healthy prior to that, Robinson produced: He threw for 1,333 yards and 11 scores on 115 for 169 passing as a junior, running for 489 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

A top-40 prospect in the state’s 2022 class, and a top-100 dual-threat QB nationwide according to 247Sports rankings, Robinson II chose the Black Knights over offers from Central Michigan and Navy.

He’s the second quarterback commit for Army, as well, joining Lancaster, Texas, signal-caller Glenn Rice — one of eight Texas players in what is a 14-player class so far — who committed back in June. 

The service academies have done well in Michigan in 2022: Robinson II is the fourth player to commit to one of the three, joining North Farmington wideout Aaron Rice (Navy), Dearborn Divine Child cornerback Lorenzo Vitti (Navy) and Robinson’s own Saline teammate, lineman Guiseppe Gottfried (Air Force).

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Grand Blanc’s Jackson-Anderson picks EMU

Eastern Michigan’s football program has been trying to brand itself as tough as nails — remember the cinder block wall? — under Chris Creighton, and it got one of the toughest players around to commit over the weekend. 

Versatile running back Elijah Jackson-Anderson, who suited up for Grand Blanc against defending champ Davison just hours after flipping his car in a highway accident that resulted in 15 stitches, announced his commitment to the Eagles on Sunday. 

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster did a bit of everything for the Bobcats as a junior, catching 19 passes for 279 yards and eight scores and rushing for 336 yards and six scores on 41 carries, adding 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in part-time play on defense. Jackson-Anderson scored three times in the Bobcats’ 42-35 district championship game win over Clarkston. 

Jackson-Anderson is just the second commit to EMU’s class of 2022, joining Lemont (Ill.) offensive tackle Mack Indestad. He chose the Eagles over eight other offers, including Cincinnati, Indiana State, Iowa State and five other Mid-American Conference schools (Ball State, Central Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan). 

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Huron’s Bivens commits to Kent State

A strong spring track season — his first — and an even better offseason vaulted Ann Arbor Huron defensive back Tyler-Scott Bivens up the recruiting boards, and he ran with it, racking up a handful of offers after Purdue gave him his first back in April.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound corner committed to Kent State on July 31, just a month after his official visit. Bivens visited Kent State on June 26, picking up an offer while he was on campus. 

Just a month after his first track meet ever, Bivens ran a 10.97-second 100-meter dash at regionals, earning himself a berth at the state meet in the 100, as well as the four-by-100 relay. 

A three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Bivens ranks just outside the top 50 in the state for the 2022 class. 

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Mangham postpones commitment

Birmingham Groves four-star athlete Jaden Mangham was scheduled to announce his commitment on Sunday, as well, but had connectivity issues at home, forcing him to postpone the announcement. 

A top-10 player in the state’s 2022 class, Mangham has 36 offers to pick from.