ORLANDO — Tuesday at the Under Armour All-America Game was cold, but unlike Monday, at least it wasn’t rainy. And the players were glad about that. The 2018 Under Armour All-America Game will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. ET live on ESPN2.
Several players stood out, but before we get to those, I like to issue the following disclaimer:
I don’t like making judgments about players based on one three-hour practice at an all-star game, which isn’t even in pads, part of which is wasted on special teams, and part of which is spent on install.
But the readers ask for it, so here are observations from Day 3 of the Under Armour All-America Game practices. I watched a lot of receivers and cornerbacks Tuesday.
Receivers and tight ends
- Brevin Jordan, Miami’s tight end signee from Las Vegas has been the best tight end for my money. He isn’t real long, but he is strong and pretty quick, and knows how to get open.
- Matthew Hill, an Auburn commit from Snellville (Ga.), did a nice job adjusting to some poorly-thrown balls and had a good day overall.
- Justin Shorter continues to be the physical freak that he has been at every stop along the way of the recruiting trail. The Penn State signee routinely got open and caught the ball.
- TCU signee Tevailance Hunt impressed me with his speed. TCU is going to have an explosive receiving corps.
- Justyn Ross continues to improve. With his basketball background, he’s raw, but continues to improve.
Defensive backs and linebackers
- Demarvion Overshown, a Texas signee at safety and a member of the best DB class in the nation, was very active Tuesday. He nearly came down with a tremendous one-handed interception, and was disruptive.
- Olajiah Griffin, a recent UCLA decommitment, has been physical and fast in the two days I’ve seen.
- FSU signees Asante Samuel Jr. and A.J. Lytton have had excellent weeks. Samuel has a great feel for the game, and Lytton is fearless.
- Trey Dean, a Florida signee at safety, has been excellent all week and looks to me like he could play corner if the Gators want him to.
- Quay Walker, an Alabama commit who most don’t expect to end up at Alabama, has shown good burst to go with his lengthy frame.