The 10th edition of the Under Armour All-America Game held in Orlando, Fla., on New Year’s Day was a thriller with Team Armour holding off Team Highlight 24-21 for the victory. The 2016 game was all about the defense but this year’s exhibition of some of the nation's top high school prospects was all about the offense.
Perhaps the star that shined brightest on Sunday at Camping World Stadium was four-star East St. Louis wide receiver Jeff Thomas, who is currently uncommitted. Thomas (5-11, 170) set an Under Armour All-America Game record with 148 receiving yards on just three receptions, two of those going for touchdowns. Thomas’ record-setting performance for Team Armour helped him earn MVP honors.
The other big winner was four-star Virginia talent Khalan Laborn. The all-purpose back gave Florida State fans a glimpse of the future, rushing for 74 yards on eight carries with a touchdown, as he earned MVP honors for Team Highlight.
Texas A&M quarterback commit Kellen Mond lived up to his hype, passing for 90 yards while leading Team Highlight with 84 yards on the ground. Toneil Carter (Texas commit) grabbed some of the spotlight for Team Highlight, carrying the rock seven times for 48 yards with a score. Tight end Brock Wright (Notre Dame) had a nice game as well, snagging two passes for a team-leading 45 yards.
Team Armour quarterback Myles Brennan (LSU) threw for a game-high 111 yards and a touchdown on 7-of-13 passing. Kasim Hill (Maryland) led Team Armour with 35 rushing yards on five carries.
Team Highlight won the day on the ground rushing for 210 net yards but Team Armour found the connection in the passing game with 255 yards through the air. Avery Davis (Notre Dame) led the way with 94 passing yards and a touchdown, while Hill went 4-for-7 for 50 yards.
The respective offenses may have captured the headlines, but there were some defensive standouts for each squad too. Team Highlight was led by five-star FSU defensive end commit Joshua Kaindoh and four-star linebacker Ellis Brooks (uncommitted), who shared the lead with six tackles. LaBryan Ray (uncommitted), a four-star defensive end from Alabama, had five tackles and a tackle for a loss. New Ole Miss linebacker commit Breon Dixon made his three total tackles count with each one going for a loss.
Team Armour had five-star linebacker Dylan Mosses and four-star defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson stealing the show. Mosses, an Alabama commit from IMG Academy, had a game-high 10 tackles with a tackle for a loss, and a pass breakup. Chaisson (uncommitted) also had a strong outing, finishing with five tackles for a loss and three sacks, both game highs.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and has his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManInLA.
(Jeff Thomas photo courtesy of uafootball.us)