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Three major players commit at Crab Bowl

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After saying last week at practices for the Maryland Crab Bowl that he was leaning to California, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha three-star safety Michael Coley made it official at halftime of the game.
Coley, ranked as the nation's No. 70 safety and No. 15 player in Maryland, announced he was officially a Bear.
"You can't beat their academics," Coley said in an earlier interview. "I just had an amazing feeling when I was out there on my official visit (Dec. 11)."
Coley also had offers from Boston College, Iowa, Kansas State, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Olney (Md.) Good Counsel four-star cornerback Louis Young started out as a Stanford commitment, backed away from it, but then at the Crab Bowl re-confirmed for the Cardinal.
He picks Stanford over finalists Boston College and UVA.
"I was kind of hesitant about Stanford because the admissions process is kind of tough," Young said. "I didn't want to throw myself out there and not be 100 percent sure. A lot of dudes commit before they even get the word back. I talked to coach (Jim) Harbaugh. They came over, sat down with my family and pretty much explained it all to me. All the doubts I had pretty much went away."
In the first half of the game, Young showed why he ranks as one of the nation's top seven cornerbacks. He returned a Billy Cosh pass back 72 yards for a touchdown.
The final commitment of the game came when Josh Furman, a three-star athlete, from Millersville (Md.) Old Mill committed to Michigan over Virginia Tech at the start of the fourth quarter.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder was always high on the Wolverines and felt it was the right place for him.
"I just knew it was right when I got back from my visit," Furman said. "It was about as perfect of a fit as it could be."
Also announcing at halftime of the game was Ndubisi Ezekoye of Silver Spring (Md.) Kennedy. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete picked Harvard over UConn, Georgetown, Navy and Yale.
David Lomonico of MDHigh.com contributed to this report.
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