2015 Under Armour All-America Game notebook
The 2015 Under Armour All-America Game took place this past Friday in St. Petersburg, FL, as some of the best college football recruits in the country participated in the contest after a week full of practices and drills.
Not only did we get to see some of the best high school players in the game, but some of them made verbal pledges to schools ahead of February's National Signing Day.
Let's take a look at some of the highlights from the showcase event, which saw Team Highlight beat Team Armour 46-6 at Tropicana Field.
— Alabama and Florida State may have been eliminated from the inaugural College Football Playoff, but that hasn't stopped the programs from landing top talent. The Crimson Tide received commitments during the game from in-state defensive tackle Daron Payne and Texas cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who were two of the most highly sought nationally at their positions. Those two pledges gave 'Bama thirteen players in the Under Armour game who are planning to head to Tuscaloosa, including Team Highlight quarterback Blake Barnett, a California recruit who completed 5 of 10 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in the game. Meanwhile, Seminoles commit Deondre Francois completed all four of his throws for 103 yards and a touchdown, and one of his completions went for 60 yards to George Campbell, a fellow 'Noles commit who caught two passes for 68 yards. FSU also has pledges from Da'Vante Phillips, who led Team Highlight with three catches and also caught a touchdown as well as Baltimore's Kai Locksley, who caught a pass for 36 yards.
— Team Highlight's Justin Yoon, who is considered the top kicker in the country, tied the record for most field goals in the game with three. His 47-yarder set the record for longest in the game. Yoon is committed to play for Brian Kelly and Notre Dame.
— Cordell Broadus, who is the son of Snoop Dogg, caught two passes for 13 yards for Team Armour. This past season at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman he registered 39 receptions for 602 yards and 11 touchdowns. His head coach, Tony Sanchez, is now the new program-builder at UNLV.
— Team Armour's lone score occured when Ohio State commit Eric Glover-Williams returned a punt 47 yards for a touchdown. Meanwhile, former Alabama commit and Louisiana native Daylon Charlot had a 53-yard punt return for a touchdown and broke Amari Cooper's record for punt return yards in a game.
— Top commitments:
* Star defensive end Tim Settle stayed in-state and decided to play for Virginia Tech, which is huge for a Hokies program that has not been atop the ACC in recent years. Settle had offers from schools such as Oklahoma State and USC and is one of the top D-Linemen in the country.
* Dallas linebacker Anthony Wheeler chose Texas over Oklahoma and Baylor, giving Charlie Strong one of the nation's top 'backers.
* Texas star Ronald Jones II pledged to USC over Notre Dame, giving Steve Sarkisian and his staff one of the country's top running backs.
* New Orleans native Tyron Johnson committed to LSU, giving the Tigers one of the top receivers in the country and a potential key piece to the offense for OC Cam Cameron, who will try to improve that passing attack in 2015.
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.