Under Armour All-America Game 2013: Top 5 Outstanding Performers

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 4, 2013

Under Armour All-America Game 2013: Top 5 Outstanding Performers

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    This year's Under Armour All-America game was another entertaining contest from start to finish. The exhibition featured some outstanding players that looked great after a week of practice. 

    This article will recognize the top five performers from tonight's game—a handful of kids that made big impressions in a sea of talent. With National Signing Day around the corner, this game was huge for the hype surrounding incoming 2013 recruits. 

5. Jalin Marshall, WR

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    Marshall impressed me today by making a big play in the first half and also looking very comfortable at the wide receiver position.

    The Ohio State commit usually plays quarterback for his high school team, and I wondered how far behind his development as a wideout was.

    However, he seems to be on track. Marshall ran crisp routes, looked fluid in his movement and showed off good speed on the offensive perimeter.

    Marshall ended the game with three catches for 56 yards, including a 44-yard reception.

4. Robert Nkemdiche, DE

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    Nkemdiche came into this week and game with a ton of hype, and he did a good job living up to it. He's a thick 6'5" defensive end that weighs almost 280 pounds and could play defensive tackle in college.

    What impressed me the most tonight regarding Nkemdiche was his quick snap reactions:

    The Georgia native was the first man off the ball for almost every Black Squad snap and played in different spots all over the defensive line between strong-side and weak-side.

    Nkemdiche earned a tackle and quarterback hurry tonight.

3. Matthew Thomas, OLB

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    Thomas' lack of bulk was apparent, but he quickly showed that he has the power, athleticism, speed and agility to play with anyone.

    The 6'3", 210-pound outside linebacker is going to be an elite defender in college as he puts on more weight. 

    Thomas put a huge hit on quarterback Shane Morris that had everyone in the stadium buzzing:

    He also made a few plays in space and displayed outstanding range, totaling three tackles and an interception.

2. Brice Ramsey, QB

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    There wasn't much scoring or offensive fireworks, especially in the passing game tonight. Ramsey was only 5-of-16 for 64 yards tonight, but he really made an impression on me with his improved accuracy.

    Already having good size at 6'3", 196 pounds along with great arm strength, Ramsey was on target with most of his throws. Even with the majority of incompletions he had, the ball placement was on par with where it should have been.

    Georgia definitely has its quarterback of the future in Ramsey. 

1. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB

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    Hargreaves was the best player on the field tonight and showed why he's the most complete cornerback prospect perhaps in recruiting history, 

    The 5'11", 185-pound Florida commit got himself an interception, broke up a few passes and also made a couple of great tackles in run support. Hargreaves did nothing to make me question why he's the best cornerback in the country on my board, and after watching this game, I am confident that he's a special talent. 

    Hargreaves notched five tackles, assisted on two for loss, broke up a pass and picked off another tonight.

    He was named Player of the Game and could now challenge Robert Nkemdiche and Reuben Foster for No. 1 overall player honors this year.


    Edwin Weathersby is a College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report.