The Under Armour All-American Game brought a lot of impressive football. The defenses were very impressive keeping both teams to less than 100 total rushing yards in the game.
A few key players stood out and taught us lessons about expectations. Some lived up to them, and others didn’t, but overall this game showed what these elite players will do once they hit their campus of choice in the next few months.
Defense will be the future in college football if these elite players continue their path, but there were a number of key players that made names for themselves in Tampa on Friday.
Here are the five lessons we learned from the UA All-American Game.
There were a number of big name receivers that took the field in Tampa on Friday, but none had the day that Laquon Treadwell did.
Whenever the ball was in his wheelhouse it was a catch and he was able to make plays after the catch with regularity as well. There are a number of schools that are in the mix for Treadwell with the school that walks away with his signature instantly adding a deep threat to their offense.
There was a lot of impressive defense in the game, but one of the offensive stars was Treadwell. His stock went up exponentially with his performance in the game.
Reuben Foster proved that he was the elite linebacker in the 2013 recruiting class on Friday when he led the Under Armour All-Americans in tackles with six in the game.
He was flying all over the field and making plays that made his fellow all-stars look like regular high school players in just another game. Instead it was Foster playing at a level that was over and above anything that his teammates could achieve.
Foster has a number of teams that remain on the top of his list, but he will likely stay around the south somewhere near his family.
Wherever he ends up the team will have an instant playmaker. Foster proved that in Tampa on Friday. His game is on another level.
Alvin Kamara is the most overlooked running back in the 2013 recruiting class. Kamara is from Norcross, Ga. and is down to Alabama and Georgia.
Either team will land a player that can make an immediate impact once he lands on campus. Kamara led both teams with rushing yards finishing the game with 44 rushing yards and a 5.5 yards per carry average.
The focus of the media has been on Greg Bryant and Derrick Green so far this fall, but Kamara is every bit as good as those two players. He took over the game in Tampa and was able to run through, and around defenders that are among the elite in the 2013 class.
Alabama saw freshman receiver Amari Cooper burst onto the scene this year and put together one of the best seasons for a receiver in school history. In 2013 Cooper will be joined on the Alabama sideline by freshman star receiver Robert Foster.
There is already a wealth of receiver talent that is on the roster for Alabama, but this team will now have two of the best in the country when Foster takes the field alongside Cooper.
The Alabama offense may turn to the air more often in the near future with AJ McCarron looking to return for his senior season and the talent that will be on the outside of the offense.
The Crimson Tide have a bright future on offense with Foster joining the team in 2013.
Christian Hackenberg put together an impressive showing in the Under Armour All-American game. Hackenberg gave the Nittany Lions fans a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
Penn State pulled a major win this week with the announcement that Bill O’Brien would stay with the program. Now that Hackenberg has shown the country what he can do, the Nittany Lions have now completed the best week in program history in quite a while.
This team now has a leader that can help push the program through the NCAA sanctions. Hackenberg will likely be the starter at quarterback for Penn State for at least three seasons under sanctions.
His talents will allow for Penn State to remain competitive in the Big Ten despite the harsh penalties the school is facing.