Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Under Armour notebook: Auburn prospects show skills

ORLANDO — Auburn was one of the biggest winners in Tuesday's skills challenge.

Tigers commitment Sean White won the quarterback challenge during the annual four-event contest that is part of the Under Armour All-America Game festivities.

White, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound four-star prospect from Fort Lauderdale's University School, finished with 282 points, 24 ahead of Michigan commitment Wilton Speight.

LB Rashaan Evans, a four-star prospect from Auburn, Ala., won the obstacle course, finishing in 31.73 seconds while wearing Superman cleats and socks. Evans, one of the week's top performers, has not announced a college choice but is considering the Tigers along with Alabama, Georgia and UCLA.

LSU commitment Jacory Washington won the receivers competition. The 6-foot-5, 211-pound Louisiana native finished the course in 29.95 seconds.

DE Andrew Trumbetti, who is bound for Notre Dame, won the fourth event, the lineman challenge, in 23.13 seconds.

Top performers: Alabama commitment Bo Scarbrough continued an impressive week of practice, snagging a fade pass in the end zone from his IMG Academy teammate Michael O'Connor during drills. Scarbrough is ESPN's No. 21 overall recruit and listed as a receiver but could focus on defense in college.

Other notable performers included S Quinn Blanding, who is committed to Virginia and returned an interception for a touchdown for Team Highlight, and Nitro CB Jabrill Peppers, Rivals' No. 1 overall recruit and a Michigan pledge.

Learn fast: Players must possess size, speed and athleticism to thrive in all-star settings such as the Under Armour game. Miami Washington DE Chad Thomas said there's an underrated but vital component to success in short practice weeks.

"You've really got to be coachable," said Thomas, a 6-5, 240-pound Miami commitment. "I knew that you have to be coachable to learn stuff fast. You've got to be a fast learner and remember a lot."

Prime time: Tuesday's practice started with intensity and the teams booing each other during warmups. But the tension eased quickly thanks, in part, to former Florida State star Deion Sanders.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback — an assistant coach for Team Highlight — spent a few minutes teaching his defensive backs how to do his Prime Time end zone celebration dance. He followed with a quick tutorial on how to properly high-step into the end zone on long touchdowns.

Florida, FSU target: A handful of players are expected to announce their college commitments during Thursday's game, including four-star recruit Travis Rudolph.

The 6-1, 185-pound receiver from West Palm Beach's Cardinal Newman is considering Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Auburn.

Leonard Fournette, a running back who is ESPN's No. 1 overall recruit, is expected to announce his choice among Texas, LSU and Alabama.

Upcoming schedule: Players will hold a final practice from 10 a.m. to noon today at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Underclassmen will compete in the Under Armour combine Thursday morning before the 4 p.m. game.

Under Armour notebook: Auburn prospects show skills 12/31/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. As NCAA investigation continues, Baylor dances around sex-assault scandal


    In 1996, Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University lifted its 151-year-old ban and allowed dancing on its Waco, Texas campus.

  2. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up


    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.

  5. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399