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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]
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