Larry Blustein

FUTURE PROSPECTS: Area Players Measure Up Nationally

Larry Blustein
January 08, 2019 - 9:19 am

Every year, Under Armour invites 50 of the top young football players in the country to showcase their skills.

The underclass event, which attracts some premier athletes, is held in the morning of the annual Under Armour Senior All Star Game at Camping World Stadium.

What this event does is expose the young football talent that this nation continues to churn out, and this year was certainly no eexception.

In addition to players from south Florida, there were future stars on display from every corner of the map, looking to impress coaches such as Deion Sanders, the great former Hurricane Ed Reed as well as former NFL players who helped teach and evaluate these gifted prospects.

SOUTH FLORIDA SHINES BRIGHTLY

What south Florida sent to this year’s event were University of Miami commit Samuel Anaele (DL, 6-4, 245, Carol City), one time University of Miami commit Jaiden Francois (DB, 5-11, 180, South Dade), Current Oklahoma commit Jaylan Knighton (RB, 5-11, 190, Deerfield Beach) and teammate Deajuan McDougle (WR, 5-10, 175, Deerfield Beach).

“Great event plenty of competition,” said Knighton, who figures to be one of the premier backs in Florida in 2019. “This starts off my senior season and I am really looking forward to it.”

While Francois was hobbled a bit coming into the event, he still did well and make the most of his opportunities.

THE FUTURE IS INDEED BRIGHT

Not only did the south Florida prospects step up, but so did a number of other prospects who attended. Here is a look at who attended:

Robby Ashford, QB, Hoover, Alabama

Tank Bigsby, WR, Callaway LaGrange, Georgia

Kayshon Boutte, WR, Westgate New Ibera, Louisiana

DeMarckus Bowman, RB. Lakeland

Chris Braswell, DL, Parkville St. Francis, Maryland

Warren Brinson, DL, Bradenton IMG Academy

Jordan Burch, DL, Hammond Elgin, South Carolina

Jordan Butler, OL/DL, Bradenton IMG Academy

Hudson Card, QB, Lakeway Lake Travis, Texas

Lejond Cavazos, DB, Bradenton IMG Academy

Mookie Cooper, WR, St. Louis Trinity Catholic, Missouri

Jacolbe Cowan, DL, Kannapolis Providence Day, North Carolina

Fred Davis, DB, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, Florida

Michael Drennen, II, RB, Dublin Coffman, Ohio

Zachary Evans, RB, Houston North Shore, Texas

Julian Fleming, WR, Elysburg Southern Columbia, Pennsylvania

Darion Green-Warren, DB, Corona Mater Dei, California

Reggie Grimes II. LB, Antioch Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Jason Harris, DL, Gilbert Higley, Arizona

Marcus Henderson, OL, Memphis University, Tennesssee.

Jalen Huff, DB, Buford, Georgia

Shane Illingworth, QB, Coronoa Norco, California

Ja’Quinden Jackson, DB, Mesquite Duncanville, Texas

Pakim Jarrett, WR, Temple Hills St. John’s Prep, Washington DC

Chad Johnson, WR, Venice, California

Broderick Jones, OL, Lithonia, Georgia

Chad Lindberg, OL, League City Clear Lake, Texas

Jase McClellan, RB, Aledo, Texas

R.J. Mickens, DB, Westlake Southlake Carroll, Texas

Myles Murphy, DL, Greensboro Southwest Guilford, North Carolina

Andrew Raym, OL, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Michael Redding, III, WR, Bradenton IMG Academy

Jalen Rivers, OL, Fleming Island Oakleaf

Bryan Robinson, WR, Wellington Palm Beach Central

Justin Rogers, OL, Detroit Oak Park

Antoine Sampah, LB, Woodbridge, Virginia

Shedeur Sanders, QB, Cedar Hill Trinity, Texas

Timothy Smith, DL, Sebastian River

Christopher Thompson, Jr., Desoto Duncanville, Texas

Bryn Tucker, OL, Knoxville Catholic, Tennessee

Chris Tyree, RB, Chester Thomas Dale, Virginia

Phillip Webb, LB, Buford Lanier, Georgia

Avantae Williams, DB, DeLand

Dazalin Worsham, WR, Hewitt Trussville, Alabama

Luke Wypler, OL, Ho Ho Kus St. Joseph’s Regional, New Jersey

Bryce Young, QB, Pasadena Mater Dei, California

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