Under Armour All-American Game 2013: Standouts Ready to Make Immediate Impact

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2013

January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight tight end Josh McNeil (12) reacts after he scored a touchdown during the first half at the Under Armour All-America high school game at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Since its inception in 2008, the Under Armour All-American Game has featured some of the biggest names in college football.

Jadeveon Clowney, Manti Te'o and Matt Barkley are just a few alumni that have gone from playing in the marquee All-American game to contributing right away for their respective schools.

With that in mind, it's no surprise that the 2013 edition of the game featured some playmakers ready to make an immediate impact at the next level.

After an eventful game that saw plenty of players show why they are highly touted, these players really showed they are ready to make a big splash from the out of their careers.


Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

There have been many dynamic defenders that have played in this all-star game, and Hargreaves figures to be another one of those players.

Florida will be returning both of its starting cornerbacks next season, but after watching Hargreaves make plays all over the field, Will Muschamp should be chomping at the bit to get Hargreaves on the field in some capacity.

Hargreaves picked off a pass, had a huge deflection in the end zone and displayed the open field tackling that makes him a well-rounded cornerback that will immediately bolster the Florida secondary.

He was also recognized as the game's MVP.


With 4 pass break ups, 4 tackles and an INT, @thebluecrew DB and #UF commit @tres_iii has been named #UAGame MVP and Player of the Game.

— Bright House Sports (@BHSN) January 5, 2013


Reuben Foster, LB, Undecided

Foster is a former Auburn commit, and Tigers fans could see that they lost a good one when watching Foster in this game.

The 6'2", 242 lb. linebacker showed off the kind of versatility that it takes to thrive at the top level. Against the run, Foster was a constant presence in the backfield and looked comfortable dropping back into coverage when reading pass.

Foster's athleticism will make him a Day 1 starter wherever he winds up signing. His skill set was on full display, and it is easy to see why his decommitment was big news in recruiting circles.


Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Undecided

Much has been made of Nkemdiche's recruitment. We found out why in this game.

It may be a little premature, but the explosive defensive end looked an awful lot like UA All-American game alumni Jadeveon Clowney.

Nkemdiche was consistently in the quarterbacks face and had the pass rush that forced Team White's interception to Notre Dame commit Tarean Folston.

Even when double teamed, Nkemdiche was able to make his presence felt. That's the kind of performance that makes him a legitimate threat to be the next big thing on defense when he finally decides to bring his recruitment to an end in February.