Published January 2, 2014 - 8:15pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
Well, LSU fans … it didn’t go entirely the way you’d hoped, but it still was a pretty nice haul at the Under Armour Game. The nation’s No. 1 overall prospect is on his way to Baton Rouge (La.), and one of the nation’s tops safeties decided to leave his home state of Texas to come to head to Baton Rouge.
Leonard Fournette and Jamal Adams are officially on board, while high school teammates and New Orleans natives Gerald Willis and Speedy Noil have chosen to go elsewhere (Florida and Texas A&M respectively).
So the Tigers didn’t get enough steam to pass Alabama for the nation’s No. 1 spot in the mythical recruiting rankings. LSU won the day, picking up two while Alabama got one—and for the ‘Tide it was a big one in what was considered to be a near LSU lock in Tony Brown.
SEC QUARTERBACKS LOOK GOOD: These all-american games are tough for quarterbacks, usually. And truly, most of the QBs in the Under Armour Game struggled. But Auburn QB commit Sean White was head and shoulders better than the rest of the field, and Arkansas QB commit Rafe Peavey and LSU QB commit Brandon Harris were about even for second best, while QBs heading to Michigan, Oregon and Penn State struggled some.
BLOODLINES MATTER?: It was an interesting day when it came to bloodlines. A mother spurned, a big sister bypassed, and an 8-month niece helping to reveal the college colors of the future school. In the case of Gerald Willis, he followed in his brother’s footsteps—but not to a particular school, but by ignoring his mother’s wishes. Willis’ older brother Landon Collins picked Alabama over in-state LSU in Jan. 2012, and Willis went with Florida over LSU Thursday. Mom wasn’t happy at either announcement. And Tony Brown decided not to attend LSU with his sister after all. His sister competes in track and field, as does Brown—but in the end, that family ties didn’t matter. And Jamal Adams got an assist from his niece in revealing his school choice.
MVP: Not surprisingly, Auburn’s White captured overall MVP honors for his outstanding performance—while most of the other offensive skill players in the game struggled. He did a lot of damage throwing to players heading to Alabama (Bo Scarbrough, Cameron Sims), Texas A&M (Speedy Noil) and LSU (Jacory Washington, Leonard Fournette). White finished 12 of 14 for 167 yards and 2 TDs, one of the best games for a QB in Under Armour Game’s 7-year history.
MORE STATS: The nation’s top overall prospect had a decent day, if not incredible. Leonard Fournette, fresh off of his commitment to LSU, rushed for 44 yards on 10 carries, and also caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Auburn’s White … Texas A&M’s Speedy Noil caught 3 passes for 92 yards … Eight minutes into the game, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett had four tackles for loss already—one of them a sack. He went on to make another stop for no gain and a special teams tackle … Arkansas QB commit Rafe Peavey was a very late addition to the game, because of injury, but he was 8 of 11 for 84 yards with a TD … LSU QB commit Brandon Harris was 4 of 5 for 116 yards, the highlight being a 65-yard scoring strike to Noil. Fellow LSU commit, WR Washington, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass.