Fred Jackson put forth a prolific tenure as running back coach at the University of Michigan, and this year the seasoned football mind is lending his expertise to Ypsilanti (Mich.) Community High School.
It’s making a difference for starting quarterback Garvin Crout.
“It’s been going pretty good,” Crout told Today’s U. “We are 2-2 right now. We got some new coaches, so we have to bond. Everything is going kind of up and down for us, but this week it’s been pretty good.”
Although Jackson specialized in ball carriers at UM, Jackson has tabbed the signal caller for the Grizzlies’ program. Unlike many quarterbacks, though, Crout is dangerous when breaking out of the pocket and can threaten defenses with his legs in addition to his strong arm.
So far, Crout has adjusted to his first year on varsity well and has compiled an intriguing highlight tape through four weeks. But although Ypsilanti has four games in the books, Crout has only participated in just over half of that total.
“I played two games due to an ankle injury in the third game,” he said. “In the games I played, I feel like I’ve played good. I led the team and did what I can do to help out.”
Crout says that he plans to return to the field this Friday when his team takes on faces Lincoln High School (2-3) on the road. Upon his return, he intends to provide his team with a much needed spark and help contribute to the Grizzlies’ multi-faceted offense on account of his physical ability and mental makeup.
“I feel like I make good reads,” Crout said. “I’m fast on my feet. I can run, I can throw. My accuracy is good and I’m a smart player. I try to put us in position to make good plays.”
Crout is listed at 6-foot-3 and 175-pounds, so the dual-threat quarterback clearly has the height required to play college football at the Division-I level. Although he may be forced to tack on additional strength and weight in the coming years, he has ample time to do so as a 2018 prospect.
That said, several schools have already expressed interest in the Michigan recruit.
“My coach has told me that a couple schools like me,” Crout said. “Pittsburgh and Central Michigan.”
With one in-state school and one out of state school showing interest at this juncture, Crout indicated that he would prefer to attend college away from home, so Pittsburgh has a decided advantage over the Chippewas in that regard. As far as how Pitt stacks up in other areas, he still needs to do research on the Panthers’ program.
“I haven’t really looked into them but my teammates have told me about them,” Crout said. “They said they’re pretty good.”
With Central Michigan, though, Crout is a lot more knowledgeable about the 3-1 program, and his interest in the Chippewas does not end there. He is also a point guard on his school’s basketball team, and CMU is recruiting him in that sport as well.
“They are doing pretty good,” he said. “I actually talked to the basketball coach. They have a nice campus and all that. I wouldn’t mind going there.
“The visit [with the basketball coach] went real good. He’s a nice guy. He’s just like the basketball coach at my school now.”
This past weekend, Crout took a visit to his head coach’s old employer in Michigan when the Wolverines defeated Penn State, 49-10. He discussed his visit and covered what his time down in Ann Arbor was like.
“I got to see how their team warms up, how they get prepared for their games and stuff like that,” Crout said. “The atmosphere was nice.”
Crout will also visit Central Michigan on October 8 when the Chippewas take on Ball State.