Under Armor All-America Game: Updates from Tuesday’s game

ORLANDO, Fla. – The 2023 edition of the Under Armor All-America Game will be played Tuesday evening at 5 pm EST inside Camping World Stadium. The exhibition, which has brought together over 100 of the nation’s top seniors, will be televised on ESPN2.

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Six different players who participated in last year’s all-star game went on to make the 247Sports’ True Freshman All-American Team (LSU linebacker Harold Perkins, Texas A&M wide receiver Evan Stewart, Texas offensive lineman Kelvin Banks, Alabama offensive lineman Tyler Booker, LSU offensive lineman Will Campbell and Michigan cornerback Will Johnson) while nearly a dozen more got meaningful reps at some point in 2022.

So, who will we see on the field making plays on Saturday this upcoming fall? The team at 247Sports gets you ready for the game after spending the past few days at practice.

Jackson Arnold and the quarterbacks

Under Armor usually brings six different quarterbacks to Orlando, but only four arms will suit up on Tuesday with both USC signees Malachi Nelson and Alabama signee Dylan Lonergan dealing with injuries.

Oklahoma signee Jackson Arnold has been our favorite signal caller since things got going late last week and should probably be viewed as the odds-on favorite to take home MVP honors if he can keep things going. The dual-threat talent, who went 28-3 as a starter the past two years in the Lone Star State’s highest classification, is set to split reps on Team Speed ​​(white helmets) with the Florida signee. Jaden Rashadawho has also had his moments in practice.

Team Phantom (black helmets) will be led by a pair of Big 12-bound passers in Iowa State signee JJ Kohl and Kansas State signee Avery Johnson. Kohl has NFL size at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds and won the QB accuracy challenge on Monday after hitting more stationary targets than the rest of his peers. Johnson, on the other hand, is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the 2023 cycle and should be able to create with his legs as he will no longer be sporting a non-contact jersey.

Other standouts from the past few days

There were only two practice sessions that featured extensive 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work, which meant that we only handed out two “Alpha Dog” awards: Texas A&M defensive line signee David Hicks on Saturday and Texas wide receiver signee John Tay Cook II on Sunday.

One offensive coach for Team Phantom told 247Sports that Hicks pretty much dictated what his unit was able to do in practice. It would not be surprising if he makes his presence felt in the middle on Tuesday. Cook has got just as glowing reviews and looks like the top route runner in Orlando this week, which is pretty notable seeing as how USC signees Zachariah Branch and Makai Lemon have also been going through drills and cooking opposing defensive backs.

Some others that consistently showed up in practice include: Unsigned tight end Duke RobinsonGeorgia linebacker signee Raylen Wilson (who already went through College Football Playoff practices with the Bulldogs), Georgia safety signee Joel AgueroAlabama defensive line signee Jordan RenaudMiami defensive line signee Rueben BainFlorida defensive line signee Will Norman and UCF defensive line signee John Walker.

Trying to stack the cornerback board

We came into the week hoping to find some answers at cornerback. At least when it comes to how we want to stack them in the rankings at the top of the board. Different corners have flashed, but no one has really separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Could that happen Tuesday?

Miami commit Cormani McClain checks off every box from a height/length/speed standpoint, but he has been limited due to a shoulder injury and wasn’t even present for Monday’s walkthrough. Alabama signee Desmond Ricks, who reclassified from the class of 2024, also looks the part with his dimensions and twitch. He played almost lockdown coverage during Sunday’s 1-on-1s, but has to get more consistent. Florida signee Ja’Keem Jackson is yet another lanky outside corner that aces the eye test. He made a nice pick in practice, but is still figuring things out from a technical standpoint, which isn’t surprising as he’s still relatively new to the position.

Texas signee Malik MuhammadLSU signee Ryan Yatesunsigned Ethan Nation (who is set to make a commitment during the game), unsigned Rodrick Pleasant and Florida signee Sharif Denson are other cornerbacks that warrant some recognition for what they did on the ESPN Wide World of Sports practice fields.

More prospects we’re closely tracking Tuesday

Unsigned “freak” New York Harbor remains a polarizing prospect. He might not be the most polished football player, but he kept reminding people over the weekend why he’s so special as he stacked defenders with his elite burst and then scored long touchdowns during 1-on-1s while working at tight end.

It has been a rather difficult way of things for the offensive linemen on hand, but the LSU signee Zalance Heard has done some encouraging things in pass protection and has the frame and reach to be a franchise corner protector one day. The same could be said about the FSU signee and Swedish native Lucas Simmonswho has taken a massive step from a developmental standpoint over the past eight months or so.

No prospect in Orlando this week has created as much of a buzz in the group chat for 247Sports than the Oklahoma defensive line signee. Adepoju Adebawore. He has come a long way since we saw him at the Future 50 back in June and is someone who could make a strong case that he belongs inside our final 32 depending on how Tuesday night goes.

The mid-skill players will also finally be in the light spot Tuesday. Will Colorado-bound speedster Dylan Edwards break a long one? Or will Alabama signee Richard Young get it done between the tackles. What about Iowa signee Ben Kueter and Ole Miss signee Suntarine Perkins. How will they and the other linebackers do?

The rosters for Tuesday

Team Phantom

QB- Kansas State signee Avery Johnson (5), Iowa State signee JJ Kohl (12)

RB- Texas signee Cedric Baxter Jr. (4), unsigned Durrell Robinson (22), Notre Dame signee Jeremiah Love (23), Arkansas signee Isaiah Augustave (27)

WR- Louisville signee William Fowles (0), USC signee Zachariah Branch (1), Texas signee John Tay Cook II (2), Ole Miss signee Ayden Williams (3), LSU signee Shelton Sampson Jr. (6), Ohio State signee Noah Rogers (11), USC signee Makai Lemon (14), Colorado signee Adam Hopkins (16), Michigan signee Karmello English (21)

TE- Unsigned New York Harbor (8), Arkansas signee Luke Hasz (82)

OL- Uunsigned Jonathan Slack (50), LSU signee Zalance Heard (53), South Carolina signee Markee Anderson (58), USC signee Micah Banuelos (59), Washington signee Landen Hatchett (66), South Carolina signee Trovon Baugh (72), Florida signee Roderick Kearney (77) Michigan State signee Ramil Stanton (78)

DL- Texas A&M signee David Hicks (5), Ohio State signee Jason Moore (6), Clemson signee David Ojiegbe (8), unsigned Ashton Porter (9), Clemson signee Peter Woods (11), Maryland signee Dylan Gooden (16), South Carolina signee Desmond Umeozulu (19), South Carolina signee Xavier McLeod (64), Texas signee Sir Mitchell (90)

LB- Michigan State signee Jordan Hall (3), Ole Miss signee Suntarine Perkins (10), Clemson signee Dee Crayton (18), Georgia signee Troy Bowles (23), Iowa signee Ben Kueter (32), Georgia signee Raylen Wilson (33)

DB- Texas signee Derek Williams (0), Alabama signee Tony Mitchell (1), Georgia signee Justin Rhett (2), Texas signee Malik Muhammad (4), Georgia signee Joel Aguero (7), LSU signee Javien Toviano (14), Texas A&M signee Brian Rogers (17), Hawaii signee Elijah Palmer (20), Oregon signee Daylen Austin (21), Oregon signee Code DeCambra (24), unsigned Rodrick Pleasant (26), NC State signee Rohan Davy (31), Alabama signee Desmond Ricks (34)

Team Speed

QB- Florida signee Jaden Rashada (5), Oklahoma signee Jackson Arnold (11)

RB- Alabama signee Richard Young (9), Colorado signee Dylan Edwards (23), unsigned Javin Simpkins (27)

WR- Utah signee Mikey Matthews (0), Oregon signee Ashton Cozart (1), Clemson signee Noble Johnson (3), South Carolina signee Kelton Henderson (4), Oklahoma signee Jaquaize Pettaway (6), Alabama signee Jalen Hale (8), Notre Dame signee Braylon James (14), Western Carolina signee Santana Fleming (81)

TE– Unsigned Duke Robinson (2), Kentucky signee Khamari Anderson (15)

OL- Michigan signee Amir Herring (58), Alabama signee Miles McVay (58), Oregon signee Japan Laloulu (65), Florida signee Knijeah Harris (66), Louisville signee Madden Sinker (71), Alabama signee Olaus Alinen (73), Oklahoma signee Cayden Green (75), FSU signee Lucas Simmons (79)

DL-Oklahoma signee Adepoju Adebawore (6), Alabama signee Jordan Renaud (9), Miami signee Rueben Bain (11), Tennessee signee Chandavian Bradley (16), Florida signee Kelby Collins (17), Georgia signee Samuel M’Pemba (19), unsigned Cameron Lenhardt (33), UCF signee John Walker (55), Florida signee Will Norman (92)

LB- Notre Dame signee Jaiden Ausberry (2), Oklahoma signee Lewis Carter (4), Maryland signee Rico Walker (8), unsigned Michael Harris (27), unsigned Andrew Harris (29)

DB- Penn State signee Elliot Washington (0), Miami commit Cormani McClain (1), Mississippi State signee Isaac Smith (3), Florida signee Ja’Keem Jackson (5), Florida signee Sharif Denson (7), Miami signee Robert Stafford (12), TCU signee Max Carroll (14), Florida signee Jordan Castell (18), LSU signee Ryan Yates (21), Oklahoma signee Peyton Bowen (22), Oklahoma signee Jacob Johnson (24), unsigned Ethan Nation (28)

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