HISTORY MADE – WR Jeff Thomas Sets New Record, Named MVP In 10th Annual Under Armour Game
By Zach Clark // January 2, 2017
10th Annual Under Armour All-American Game
ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights from the Under Armour All-American game game. (Video by Zach Clark)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The 10th annual Under Armour All-American game took place in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium Sunday afternoon with a little history made as 5-foot-9 wide receiver Jeff Thomas, from East St. Louis High School, set the all time record in receiving yards for the game’s history by totaling 148 total receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Thomas, currently uncommitted, managed to achieve the record on just three receptions.
The Rivals top 100 player created a 44-yard reception in the second quarter by making four defenders miss on his way to the endzone, then added a thrilling 79-yard reception in the third quarter to help lead Team Armour to a 24-21 win over Team Highlight
- Alabama continues to dominate recruiting as The Tide got another huge lift with the commitment of 4-star safety Xavier McKinney.
- Quarterback play on both sides was below average. Combined, both teams completed just 23 passes on 63 attempts. (36% completion percentage)
- Jeff Thomas’ electrifying style will be a huge asset for any team needing a speedy-dynamic slot receiver. He currently holds 17 offers from colleges across the country. Schools he is considering: Louisville, Illinois, Missouri
Since 2008, the Under Armour All-America Game has featured the nation’s top high school seniors. NFL Pro Bowlers like Julio Jones and A.J. Green competed in the inaugural game, while No. 1 overall NFL Draft selections Jadeveon Clowney and Jameis Winston are among the players that participated in later years.
Current college standouts who participated in the Under Armour All-America Game included: Leonard Fournette (LSU), Dalvin Cook (FSU), Deshaun Watson (Clemson), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan) and Myles Garrett (Texas A&M).
Last year, Cocoa Tiger and current Florida Gator Chauncey Gardner played in the 2016 game. However, no players from Brevard County were in this year’s matchup.
Following Players Committed During The Game:
LB – Nathan Proctor Jr. – Virginia Tech
S – Xavier McKinney – Alabama
LB – Breon Dixon – Ole Miss
CB – DeAngelo Gibbs – Georgia
S – Markquese Bell – Maryland