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Isaac Nauta to Georgia, Donnie Corley to Mich. State, Javon McKinley to Notre Dame

Wide receiver Dylan Crawford (6) shows off his University of Michigan hat after committing (Photo: Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports)

Wide receiver Dylan Crawford (6) shows off his University of Michigan hat after committing (Photo: Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports)

Four-star wide receiver commit Dylan Crawford selected Michigan during the Army All-American Bowl broadcast on NBC on Saturday.

Crawford, from Rancho Santa Margarita Catholic in California, chose the Wolverines over Oregon, Miami and UCLA. Crawford is the No. 20 wide receiver by the 247Sports Composite rankings and No. 113 overall.

“I just felt it was the all-around best fit for me,” said Crawford, surrounded by family. “I feel like I can get a good networking base. I can go in there and compete right from the beginning, and you know Coach Harbaugh is going to get you right.”

Crawford described Harbaugh as “excited” when he informed him of his commitment. “He was fired up,” Crawford said.

“I’m just humbled and honored to make this decision,” Crawford said.

With his commitment, Michigan moves up to No. 2 in the 247Sports team rankings, jumping over Ohio State. LSU is No. 1.

At one point, the 6-1, 186-pound Crawford was seen to be leaning toward Oregon, although the Ducks already have a number of receiver commitments.

Crawford played at St. Francis (La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.) but transferred to Santa Margarita Catholic last summer because he wanted to graduate this fall to enroll early in college. That he got to play his senior season with one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Stanford commit K.J. Costello was not an unintended consequence.

“I thought I adjusted pretty fast,” Crawford said. “Honestly, getting the chemistry down with K.J. was the first thing and we worked on that over the summer. It’s been an easy transition.”

Crawford was the first of five players announcing during the game.

West defensive lineman Ross Blacklock (90) shows off his Texas Christian University hat after committing  (Photo: Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports)

West defensive lineman Ross Blacklock (90) shows off his Texas Christian University hat after committing (Photo: Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports)

Ross Blacklock to TCU

Four-star defensive tackle Ross Blacklock remained in the state of Texas, selecting TCU.

A 6-4, 315-pounder from Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, Blacklock was considering TCU, Texas A&M and Houston. His cousin, Dallas Blacklock, is an assistant with the Cougars. He had an official visit scheduled for later this month to Alabama.

He selected the Horned Frogs despite not taking an official visit. That visit is scheduled for Jan. 22.

Blacklock will be the biggest defensive tackle on the roster as a true freshman, as it stands right now.

He made his announcement when his niece selected the TCU hat off the table and placed it on his head.

Blacklock is rated as the nation’s 278th best prospect and the No. 28 defensive tackle by the 247 Sports Composite. Earlier this week, it seemed unlikely that he was going to commit Saturday.

As we told you earlier this week, Blacklock is the son of former Harlem Globetrotter and current coach Jimmy Blacklock. “He’s come out with a great decision,” Jimmy Blacklock said.

Donnie Corley to Michigan State

Detroit Martin Luther King High four-star receiver/defensive back will remain in-state after committing to Michigan State.

Corley said he made the decision Thursday and will be in school in East Lansing on Tuesday after returning from the Army Bowl in San Antonio.

Corley, ranked as the No. 2 player in Michigan and No. 19 wide receiver in the nation, chose the Spartans over a final four that also included Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Along with his prowess as a receiver, Corley had nine interceptions as a defensive back.

“Coach (Mark) Dantonio always said that I’ll be able to be able to play both ways when I go up there,” Corley said.

Corley said he has been hearing from fellow recruits at the Army Bowl who advocate for their schools, but also said he benefitted from former King teammates Kyonta Sallworth and Tyriq Thompson, who are freshmen at Michigan State.

“They talked to me every day with the inside scoop that they might have,” Corley said. “It’ll be nice (to reunite with them).”

Corley is the fourth wide receiver ranked in the Top 50 to join Michigan State’s recruiting class.

Javon McKinley to Notre Dame

After more than 3,000 yards receiving in the last two years, Javon McKinley committed to Notre Dame. His final three also included Oregon and Washington.

A 6-foot-2, 203-pound receiver, McKinley was heavily recruited after a stellar career at Centennial (Corona, Calif.). He is rated as the 107th-best prospect in the nation and the 18th-best receiver.

“I think they offer the best for me, the combination of playing opportunities and one of the best hands down degrees across the nation,” he said.

McKinley intends to major in business or accounting.

“Just a great school, of course,” McKinley said. “Also an early opportunity in starting. They have tradition and they’ve done a lot of successful things in the past, especially this season. I think they have what it takes to get me to the next level.”

Isaac Nauta dons a Georgia hat after his commitment (Photo: Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports)

Isaac Nauta dons a Georgia hat after his commitment (Photo: Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports)

Isaac Nauta to Georgia

The final commitment came from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) tight end Issac Nauta, the No. 1 player at the position in the nation. Nauta, a former Florida State commit, is from Buford, Ga., and wanted to return to his home state.

“Going down to IMG that was the thing that really made my realize how important it is for me to be home,” Nauta said. “I think coming up is going to be something really special at Georgia so I’m excited about it.”

Nauta picked the Bulldogs over Alabama and Michigan.

He also got the chance to play with future Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason during the week of the Army Bowl.

“He’ a great guy and a great quarterback,” Nauta said. “I’m excited to get working with him. We both have a bunch of areas to improve on so we’re excited to get going.”

Nauta’s commitment moves Georgia from No. 10 to No. 5 in the 247Sports team rankings and is a huge get for new Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart.

“We’ve had a great relationship for a while,” Nauta said. “He wants to give me the ball. He said he wants to blow the doors off this thing.”

 

 

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