Team Highlight comes out on top
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Four days before Florida State and Auburn meet for the national title, two of their top recruits teamed up Thursday night to help Team Highlight beat Team Nitro 31-21 in the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field.
Auburn recruit Sean White, from Fort Lauderdale, was selected Team Highlight's MVP, and Florida State-bound Travis Rudolph, from West Palm Beach, had four receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown for Team Highlight.
Another Seminoles recruit, Dalvin Cook of Miami, rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on eight carries for Team Nitro.
Minnesota-bound running back Jeff Jones, from Minneapolis, was the MVP for Team Nitro after gaining 72 total yards and scoring a touchdown.
New Orleans running back Leonard Fournette, widely considered the nation's top prospect, caught a 36-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give Highlight a 31-14 lead before making his verbal commitment to LSU. Fournette, USA Today's offensive player of the year, chose the Tigers over Alabama and Texas.
"I want to thank God for giving me this talent and ability to play this game ... for the next three or four years, the Boot baby, LSU," Fournette said on the broadcast. "It came down to Alabama and LSU so I had to weigh both programs and I just think LSU is the best place for me."
Two other New Orleans-area players, defensive lineman Gerald Willis III and wide receiver Devante "Speedy" Noil, decided to go different routes. Willis committed to Florida, and Noil chose Texas A&M over LSU.
"(Texas A&M) just felt like home when I went on my official visit," said Noil, who had three receptions for 90 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown catch. "My former teammate, Noel Ellis, is at A&M, and he has been like a brother to me during this process."
Other commitments included Washington, D.C., defensive back Jalen Tabor to Arizona; Lewisville, Texas, safety Jamal Adams to LSU; and Beaumont, Texas, defensive back Tony Brown to Alabama.
White finished the game 10-of-12 for 156 yards with touchdown passes to Fournette and LSU commit Jacory Washington from Westlake, La.
The other quarterbacks for Team Highlight, Michael O'Connor (a Penn State commit from Bradenton, Fla.) and Brandon Harris (an LSU commit from Bossier City, La.), threw touchdown passes as Team Highlight racked up 316 yards passing.
Arkansas commit Rafe Peavey from Bolivar, Mo., and Oregon commit Morgan Mahalak from Kentfield, Calif., threw touchdown passes for Team Nitro.
Braxton Berrios, a Miami commitment from Raleigh, N.C., caught a touchdown pass for Team Nitro.
Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press
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