Under Armour All-America Game 2013: Live Scores, Commits, Analysis and Results
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Black Team (Highlight) 16, White Team (Nitro) 3 Final
The action is underway at Tropicana Field for the 2013 Under Armour All-American game.
The nation’s top prospect, Grayson (Ga.) defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, and a host of the nation’s top high school football players are on display.
Which schools are loading up on the country’s elite talent, and which prep stars are set to announce their college destinations during the game?
Find out the answers to those questions, and a lot more during one of the premier showcases for the class of 2013’s top recruits.
Stay tuned to this live blog for commentary on all of today’s action in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game.
And that will do it folks, the Black team wins 16-3 in a defensive slug fest.
There will be no offensive highlight reels being made from the 2013 Under Armour All-American game.
However, that last fumble is a candidate to end up on a blooper roll.
Vernon Hargreaves III wins the Player of the Game award from ESPN. Well deserved considering he finished with four tackles, four pass break ups and an interception.
Team Nitro draws up some trickery and gets the ball in the hands of Ryan Green, who weaves his way through the Black team's defense and into the red zone.
Ramsey misses a throw to Green in the end zone, and completes a trifecta of picks after Tarean Folston swiped an errant throw.
That pick may have ended any comeback hopes for the White team.
Keith Ford, an Oklahoma verbal, busts loose on an explosive return to give Team Nitro some hope as they take possession at their opponents 37-yard line.
Sean Covington boots his third field goal of the evening, and the Black team extends its lead to 16-3 midway through the final period.
Man. These ESPN "Who Am I" questions are horrible. Can you pick any easier ones for Tom Luginbill?
Dontre Wilson makes up for his earlier muffed punt by returning Tripucka's punt 47 yards and giving the Black team possession inside the red zone once again.
Kevin Olsen gets sacked by Caleb Brantley, which continues the strong play from the Black team's defensive line.
Gilmore, another defensive tackle that has played well, is down with an apparent injury.
The White team's defense holds the Black team out of the end zone, and they settle for a 35-yard field goal from Sean Covington which gives the Black team a 13-3 lead with a little more than 11 minutes left to play.
Hargreaves continues his strong game by baiting Morris and picking him off. VHIII's return gives the Black team a chance to put the nail in the coffin.
Safety Leon McQuay III is the final recruit set to announce his college destination.
McQuay will choose between USC, Vanderbilt, Oregon, Michigan and Florida State.
The Sunshine State product is one of the top ballhawks in the country.
Wow. McQuay picks USC and gives the Trojans a huge coup after losing Redfield.
Hackenburg threw a nice ball on a wheel route intended for Kelvin Taylor, but the 5-star running back couldn't handle it.
Even though the Penn State pledge has not had a great evening statistically, that third down play where he snared a bad snap and almost converted it into a first down showed off his instincts, arm strength and intelligence.
We're into the fourth quarter now, and it continues the theme of woeful offense.
Alvin Bailey, who is headed to Florida, breaks off a nice return to give the Black team another short field.
The defensive talent in this game, especially on the lines, is a huge factor in the lack of offense this evening.
There's no running game to speak of, and the quarterbacks are essentially running for their lives.
Greg Gilmore, an LSU commit, blows through the White team's offensive line to drop Olsen.
Gilmore looks like a typical, nasty defensive tackle that should be tailor-made to become a disruptive force in middle of the Tigers defense for years to come.
Another three-and-out results in a punt, but Nitro punter Shane Tripucka continues his fine effort this evening by blasting a 55-yard punt and flipping the field for his team.
The quarterback carousel continues and both Hackenburg and Bateman failed to generate any offense despite given a short field by the defense.
Bateman woefully underthrew a deep ball intended for his future college teammate Robert Foster.
Another three-and-out gives it back to the White team.
Black team corner Vernon Hargreaves III, a 5-star prospect committed to Florida, is another big-time player that has impressed me with his ability to cover and in run support.
Ramsey has a disastrous series end with a pick thrown to Boulware, and Team Highlight is positioned to deliver a knockout blow.
Athlete Max Redfield is getting ready to announce his college choice.
Redfield, a one-time USC commitment, will choose between the Trojans, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Most recruiting analysts have Redfield pegged as a safety at the next level.
Redfield picks the Fighting Irish, and the Irish get a dynamic athlete capable of helping their secondary or their receiver corp.
Hackenburg comes back in, and it looks like the shuffling of quarterbacks in this setting makes it hard for any one of them to establish a rhythm.
Team White is unable to do anything with good field position, and the start to the second half is looking a lot like the beginning of the game.
The third quarterback for Team Highlight, Zack Greenlee, just took a huge shot from Nitro defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin.
He recovered enough to fire a couple of completions to Robert Foster, and then escape pressure and pickup a nice gain on the ground.
Foster coughed up one of those receptions, but the Black team was able to retain possession, and now they are driving.
As soon as I praise Greenlee, he throws a near pick on third down and then a short-hop toss to a wide open target on fourth down.
Big stop for Team Nitro, and now they will take over.
Ah man, what an awesome clip of Herm Edwards and Steve Mariucci giving each other grief about the timeouts used at the end of the first half.
Herm tells Santoso, "I'm just trying to get you on TV longer." That is simply classic Herm!
Johnson will choose between Ohio State, Florida, Tennessee and Penn State.
The Peach State native rolls with the Buckeyes. This pickup continues a big haul for Urban Meyer's club.
Georgia linebacker Trey Johnson will make his college choice known during halftime.
Some observations at the break.
For the Black team, Nkemdiche has been as good as advertised. On defense, I was also impressed by Matt Thomas, Vonn Bell, DeMarcus Walker, Leon McQuay III and Ben Boulware.
Offensively, both Cooper Bateman and Christian Hackenburg showed flashes of what makes them special. Robert Foster looks fluid for such a big receiver.
For the White team, defensive linemen Chris Jones, Tim Williams and Henry Poggi jumped out as being active and disruptive.
Offensively, quarterback Brice Ramsey showed off impressive measurables, and receiver Jalin Marshall showed his big play-ability by hauling in a deep ball from Ramsey midway through the second quarter.
Those were some of the names to popped out to me.
Feel free to chime in with some names I may have missed by hitting up the comments below.
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