Marcus Benjamin @_benjaminmoney
The annual high school all-star game featured some of the most talented players from across the country. The game was played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The West would defeat the East 17-16.
The number one recruit in the nation (according to 247 sports) and Clemson commit Trevor Lawrence started at quarterback for the East and was intercepted on his first throw of the game on a ball that was tipped by Brendan Radley-Hiles and corralled by five star Florida State commit Jaiden Woodbey. The 6’6” quarterback and Georgia native is considered one of the highest rated quarterbacks ever. Radley-Hiles out of IMG Academy in Florida committed to Oklahoma during the broadcast.
On the East’s second series Texas commit and native Caden Sterns would intercept another pass from Lawrence. Lawrence, one of eight future Clemson Tigers to play in the game, threw more interceptions in the first quarter than he had in his entire senior season. Sterns would finish the game with two picks and received game MVP honors.
Georgia commit James Cook out of Miami Central would score the first touchdown of the game on a 16-yard run around the edge. Cook would also catch a 10-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence late in the fourth. Cook’s older brother and NFL Pro Dalvin was also a high school All-American.
Many other players also committed during the live broadcast on NBC.
Five star Amon-Ra St. Brown WR, Mater Dei (Anaheim, CA) committed to USC. He would score the game’s second touchdown on a back shoulder throw around the goal line. The throw came from his high school teammate and future college teammate USC commit JT Daniels. Daniels actually will forgo his senior season at Mater Dei and played in the game as a junior. Mater Dei won the mythical national championship this season.
Four star JJ Peterson LB, Colquitt County (Moultrine, GA) committed to Tennessee.
Four star Chris Murray OG, Mater Dei (Anaheim, CA), committed to UCLA.
Four star Rondale Moore WR, Trinity (Louisville, KY) committed to Purdue.
Four star Kelvin Joseph S, Scotlandville Magnet (Baton Rouge, LA) committed to LSU. Joseph originally de-committed from LSU only to commit again Saturday in front of a nationally televised audience.
Undeclared five star players of the 2018 recruiting cycle who participated in the U.S. Army All-American game included Patrick Surtain Jr. CB, American Heritage (Plantation, FL), Issac Taylor-Stuart CB, Helix (San Diego, CA) and Tyson Campbell CB, American Heritage (Plantation, FL).
Undeclared four star players in the game included Tanner McGee QB, Centennial (Corona, CA), Penei Sewell OT, Desert Hills (St. George, UT), Wiliam Barnes OT, (Apopka, FL), Michael Thompson DT, Parkway North (St. Louis, MO), Jalen Hall WR, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, CA), Leon O’ Neal Jr. S, Cy Springs (Cypress, TX), Rasheed Walker OT, North Point (Waldorf, MD), Solomon Tuliaupupu LB, Mater Dei (Anaheim, CA), Harold Joiner RB, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, AL), Dax Hollifield LB, (Shelby, NC), Tyler Manoa DT, St. Francis (Mountain View, CA), Tyrone Sampson Jr. OC, East English Village Prep, (Detroit, MI) and Jaylen Waddle WR, Episcopal (Bellaire, TX).