- WHAT: Under Armour All America Game
- WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 2—4 p.m. EST
- WHERE: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Tropicana Field)
- LIVE TV: ESPN
- PAST NOTABLES: A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Manti Te’o, Matt Barkley, Jadeveon Clowney, Jameis Winston, Braxton Miller.
- SEC COMMITS AT GAME: 36 so far, but several more after today’s announcements.
- SEC TEAMS REPRESENTED: Only Kentucky and Vandy are not represented on the roster.
- TOP SEC COMMITS/TARGETS: No. 1 Leonard Fournette (picking today); No. 3 Cameron Robinson (Alabama); No. 4 Da’Shawn Hand (Alabama); No. 5 Marlon Humphrey (picking Feb. 1); No. 7. Adoree Jackson (picking Feb. 6); No. 9 Tony Brown (picking today); No. 10 Myles Garrett (Texas A&M).
- FORESHADOWING?: Count it … 11 (yes, 11) Alabama commitments are in the Under-Armour Game, including four offensive linemen (Josh Casher, J.C. Hassenauer, Ross Pierschbacher and Cameron Robinson). All four of those linemen will play together for the Red team, also known as “Team Highlight”.
- QUARTERBACKS: It’ll be a glimpse of the SEC West future when Brandon Harris (LSU), Sean White (Auburn) and Rafe Peavey (Arkansas) take the field, and Alabama’s David Cornwell was also selected but is injured.
- TOP PLAYER TO WATCH: This one is easy—Leonard Fournette. The running back is scheduled to announce his school choice during the game broadcast, and it looks good for LSU (though Alabama is also in the mix). Fournette has an NFL running back’s body already at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds. Usually, running backs don’t flourish in these games because of a lack of carries and the O-line just met this week. Fournette could be the exception.
- NEW NUMBER ONE?: If LSU lands the players we think it will today during the live announcements, and Alabama doesn’t land a top kid or two, the Tigers may pass the ‘Tide in the national team recruiting rankings. We could have a new No. 1 by the end of the game.
- THE SKINNY: The list of top players above doesn’t lie: Nine of the top 10 prospects in America are at the Under Armour Game, and seven of those nine will be heading to SEC schools this year. Those seven are listed above.
NOTE: All recruiting rankings mentioned refer to the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
Here’s a list of the current SEC commitments at the Under Armour Game:
|Josh Casher||OL||Mobile, AL||Alabama|
|Ronnie Clark||LB||Calera, AL||Alabama|
|David Cornwell||QB||Norman, OK||Alabama|
|DaShawn Hand||DE||Woodbridge, VA||Alabama|
|J.C. Hassenauer||OL||Woodbury, MN||Alabama|
|Christian Miller||LB||Columbia, SC||Alabama|
|Ross Pierschbacher||OL||Cedar Falls, IA||Alabama|
|Cameron Robinson||OL||West Monroe, LA||Alabama|
|Bo Scarbrough||ATH||Bradenton, FL||Alabama|
|Cameron Sims||WR||Monroe, LA||Alabama|
|O.J. Smith||DT||Bossier City, LA||Alabama|
|Rafe Peavey||QB||Bolivar, MO||Arkansas|
|Kalvaraz Bessent||DB||Kingsland, GA||Auburn|
|Stephen Roberts||DB||Opelika, AL||Auburn|
|Dontavius Russell||DT||Carrollton, GA||Auburn|
|Racean Thomas||RB||Oxford, AL||Auburn|
|Sean White||QB||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Auburn|
|Tre’ Williams||LB||Mobile, AL||Auburn|
|J.C. Jackson||DB||Immokalee, FL||Florida|
|Ermon Lane||WR||Homestead, FL||Florida|
|Quincy Wilson||DB||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Florida|
|Jeb Blazevich||TE||Charlotte, NC||Georgia|
|Lamont Gaillard||DT||Fayetteville, NC||Georgia|
|Garrett Brumfield||OL||Baton Rouge, LA||LSU|
|Brandon Harris||QB||Bossier City, LA||LSU|
|Jacory Washington||TE||Westlake, LA||LSU|
|Jesse Jackson||WR||Petal, MS||Mississippi State|
|Andy Bauer||OL||St. Louis, MO||Mizzou|
|Garrald McDowell||DE||Covington, MS||Ole Miss|
|Rod Taylor||OL||Jackson, MS||Ole Miss|
|Gary Wunderlich||K||Memphis, TN||Ole Miss|
|Kevin Crosby||TE||Bamberg, SC||South Carolina|
|Dillon Bates||LB||Ponte Vedra, FL||Tennessee|
|Aaron Medley||K||Lewisburg, TN||Tennessee|
|Myles Garrett||DE||Arlington, TX||Texas A&M|
|Dylan Sumner-Gardner||DB||Mesquite, TX||Texas A&M|