In case you missed it, the Under Armour High School Football All Star Game was this past Saturday. Overall, I would have to say that it was a sloppy contest as there were a laundry list of errors in the game. I guess some of this is to be expected in an All Star game atmosphere but this particular contest had more than it’s fair share of blunders.
What stood out to me the most was the inability of the wide receivers to catch the football. Pass after pass was dropped. You had punts getting mishandled and fumbled. It looked as though this game was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil. The other thing that stood out was the fact that virtually 85% of the snaps taken in the game were from the shotgun. Now I like the spread just as much as the next guy but did that many snaps need to be taken from the gun? It would have been nice to come away from the game knowing which one of these All Star quarterbacks has been schooled on taking a drop and reading a defense on their decent back in the pocket from under center.
There were many players that did some good things in the game and I won’t be able to mention them all but here’s a few that stood out to me. Dominque Easley, who committed to Florida during the game, looked like Dwight Freeney out there. Very quick, agile and a tough assignment for the tackles to block. WR Darius White from Texas who is also commited to Texas. He had a couple of nice punt returns and a TD catch. Jeff Luc had about five tackles in the game. He also buried Michigan QB Devin Gardner in beast like Jeff Luc fashion. Michael Taylor, linebacker from Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Ran around and made plays. He was very aggressive and seem to be prepared for the event. Phillip Sims may have looked the best of the QB’s. He has a live arm, as he displayed in the skills competition with a 67 yard throw. He also moves around well in the pocket and seems poised when pressured.
Demar Dorsey from Ft. Lauderdale Florida and heading to Gainesville is full of confidence and backed it up with his play. He had an interception and showed some sick strength for a “skinny” guy when he flipped Michael Dyer over his back like he was in WrestleMania. Jonathan Dowling, safety from Florida and a Gator commit, showed what he’s all about. The kid just has a nose for the ball and came away with a pair of interceptions in the contest one of which he returned for a TD. Dowling picked off 14 passes his junior year. Gardner, from Inkster High School and headed to Ann Arbor also looked solid at the quarterback position and appeared to be a leader. There were some others that did big things but those were the ones who stood out.
To put pictures to the words I wrote, Check out a brief highlight video of the 2010 Under Armour Game:
Author: Chad Wilson
Chad Wilson is a college football recruiting expert and creator of the GridironStudsApp which allows high school football players to gain exposure to college football coaches and fans. Wilson is a former college football player for the University of Miami (92-94) and Long Beach St. (’90-’91) and played briefly for the Seattle Seahawks (’95). He is also a former youth and high school football coach for over 15 years. Wilson’s older son Quincy plays in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts and his younger son plays cornerback for the University of Florida. Email: email@example.com.