Three players will be committing at the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game on January 1. Here’s what you need to know about the commitments, along with other storylines for the game.
The 2017 recruiting class is nearing the end, so prepare for a wild ending to what was already a chaotic ride. That’s the nature of the recruiting trail, though.
As the recruiting dead period passes the halfway point and starts to head down hill, we’ll see some of the nation’s top prospects announce their commitments at the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Florida, and, along with the players committing, here are a few storylines you’ll need to know about Under Armour game.
1. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
There are some top-notch recruits looking to end their recruitment at the Under Armour game, so here are a few names to keep an eye on. Five-star athlete DeAngelo Gibbs will be deciding between Alabama and Georgia, but the arrow may be slightly favoring the Bulldogs at this point. The Crimson Tide will also find out if it can convince 4-star safety Xavier McKinney to re-join the class, though Clemson appears to be the main contender there. And 4-star safety Markquese Bell will also announce his decision, and it should come down to Maryland, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.
2. Alabama-LSU Rivalry
Alabama and LSU are tied for the most commits playing in the game with eight, though the Tide could add to that list by day’s end. The aforementioned 5-star athlete DeAngelo Gibbs will be making his decision at the game, and Alabama is battling it out with Georgia for his commitment.
3. Future QBs
There are plenty of talented passers in this game. Team Armour is loaded with Avery Davis (Notre Dame), Myles Brennan (LSU), Sean Clifford (Penn State), Lowell Narcisse (LSU) and Kasim Hill (Maryland). And Team Highlight has Kellen Mond (Texas A&M), Tommy Devito (Syracuse), and Ryan Kelley (Arizona State). The one to watch closer than most is Mond. He could be getting early reps in College Station next year and can burn defenses with his arm and his legs.
4. MVP Prediction
The easy way out when it comes to potential MVP candidates for the game is to go with a quarterback. And the two that come to mind are Mond and Brennan. As far as their targets are concerned, 4-star wide receiver James Robinson has looked great at practice, and he can have a big game to take the award. Keep an eye out on 4-star wideouts Amari Rodgers and Tee Higgins, too. The Clemson commits can light it up in a hurry.
As far as halfbacks go, FSU commit Khalan Laborn and Texas commit Toneil Carter Jr. can steal the show if they get the touches. This prediction has Laborn taking the honor, but Carter will have a great game, too.
5. No Fly Zones
As talented as the quarterbacks are, special attention should be paid to the defensive backs trying to stop them. LSU’s future secondary could be on display with Kary Vincent Jr., Grant Delpit and Todd Harris roaming. The first two are committed to the Tigers, and Harris is a priority for LSU.
Oregon will have two lockdown corners representing with Thomas Graham Jr. and Jaylon Redd. Ohio State has cornerback Marcus Williamson and safety Isaiah Pryor showing out. And Oklahoma has cornerbacks Justin Broiles and Tre Brown.
And that isn’t even taking into consideration some other studs like Jaylen Kelly-Powell (Michigan), Stanford Samuels III (FSU) or Lamont Wade (Penn State).