The Under Armour All-America Game started in 2008, and it’s become a high-profile fixture in the college football recruiting world during the weeks leading up to National Signing Day. The game celebrates its 10th anniversary on New Year’s Day, when it will, as usual, feature a series of blue-chip commitments and dozens of the country’s most sought-after high school seniors. The game takes place in Orlando every year.
Alums of this game are all over the NFL and the major college ranks. Getting an Under Armour game bid doesn’t mean a player’s going to be good, but it’s typically not a bad sign. Three of the four College Football Playoff participants (all except for Washington) are littered with UA All-Americans. There are four- and five-star prospects all over the field, and many of them have historically gone on to college and pro greatness.
The game is an alternative to the Army All-American Bowl, which happens next Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Army game started in 2001.
In the realm of apparel wars, the Under Armour game is a fairly direct counterweight to Nike’s Opening recruiting camp each summer in Oregon. Sports companies like to build relationships early with tomorrow’s stars, and this is a way in for Under Armour.
The game is at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
It’s on ESPN on your television set, and it can be streamed at WatchESPN.
All of these events precede signing day on Feb. 1, when almost all of these players will have made a college choice and signed somewhere on the dotted line. A few four- and five-star prospects every year wait a little bit longer to make their destinations official, but things are more or less locked-in one month from Sunday.
Most of the players in this game have already verbally committed somewhere, and if they’re going to flip to another school, they won’t do it here. But as is custom, a few of the country’s top uncommitted 2017 prospects will announce their commitments at points throughout the action on Sunday. A schedule:
Pregame: Nathan Proctor Jr.
First break of the second quarter: Xavier McKinney
Halftime: Breon Dixon
First break of the third quarter: DeAngelo Gibbs
First break of the fourth quarter: Markquese Bell
Here’s the complete roster for Team Armour, wearing gray (click to enlarge):
And for Team Highlight, wearing white: