ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. -- It was a convincing win for the Black team (Team Nitro) as they blasted the White team (Team Blur), 32-7, in the third annual Under Armour All-America Game in front of an announced crowd of 21,221. Team Nitro defensive end Dominique Easley (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis) was named game MVP. Easley registered four tackles with three for loss and a forced fumble and recovery. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound pass rusher also made a verbal commitment to Florida during the game.
Team Nitro coach Sam Wyche returned to the Tampa area after his stint as head coach of the Buccaneers from 1992-1995. Wyche said "These types of games are a good indication of what the next level talent will be like for these players. We did a good job of treating them like young men and letting them enjoy the experience."
1. Head of the Class
Team Blur tight end Blake Barker (Wellesley, Mass./Buck. Browne & Nichols) is the only player in the game's three-year history to be committed to an Ivy League school. Barker will attend Harvard next fall. He has a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1930 on his SAT.
2. Quarterback or receiver
Team Blur quarterback Chase Rettig caught his own pass of a deflection. The reception went for a loss of seven yards. Rettig is the first quarterback to catch a pass in the game's history. The talented signal caller will leave the west coast to attend Boston College next season.
3. Hardest Hitter
Team Nitro defensive back Demar Dorsey (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson) was tabbed the hardest hitter by his peers after a solid week in practice and his performance on the field.
4. Best Personality/Most Swagger
This moniker goes to the aforementioned Dorsey. ESPN RISE Lifestyle Editor, Jay Corbin said, "Dorsey has the type of personality that's infectious. Everyone wants to be around him."
5. Coach's Unsung Hero
Wyche said all of the quarterbacks did a great job learning the offense, but the player who did the little things in practice that stood out was none other than Demar Dorsey.
6. Last Word Laughs Last
Team Nitro wide receiver Mike Davis (Dallas, Texas/Skyline) got the last word in his game-long trash-talking battle with ESPNU No. 1-ranked cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), skying over Joyner to catch a 26-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter that gave Nitro a 26-7 lead.
7. Leadership Award
Team Nitro defensive back Toney Hurd Jr. (Missouri City, Texas/Marshall) demonstrated his leadership skills throughout the week of competition. Hurd Jr. made his college choice to Texas A&M in the third quarter of the contest.
8. Famous Lineage
Team Nitro quarterback Nick Montana (Concord, Calif./Westlake Christian) threw a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Montana, a Washington recruit, is the son of three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Montana.
9. No Fly-Zone Defensive Backs
The defensive backs of Team Nitro dubbed the secondary as the "No Fly-Zone" during practice this week. A pair of Florida pledges led by safety Jonathan Dowling (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast) and Dorsey each grabbed a pair of interceptions. Dowling returned his first pick 56 yards for a score and his second set up another. Dorsey was second on the team in tackles. These future Gators will look to continue the trend in Gainesville. Both players have maintained the commitment to Florida in light of the recent decision of Urban Meyer taking a leave of absence.
10. Plans for 2011
During the broadcast, 17 players from the Class of 2011 who are already confirmed for next year's UnderArmour All-American game were announced; QB Braxton Miller (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne), QB Kendal Thompson (Moore, Okla./Southmoore), RB Isaiah Crowell (Columbus, Ga./Carver), RB Kenny Hilliard (Patterson, La./Patterson), WR George Farmer (Gardena, Calif./Serra), OL Trey Pettis (DeLand, Fla./DeLand), OL La'el Collins (Baton Rouge, La./Redemptorist), ATH Quan Bray (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway), DB Karlos Williams (Davenport, Fla./Ridge Community), DL Anthony Johnson (New Orleans, La./O. Perry Walker), DT Antwuan Woods (Woodland Hills, Calif./Taft), DT Gabe Wright (Columbus, Ga./Carver), DE Jadaveon Clowney (Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe), DE Steve Miller (Canton, Ohio/McKinley), LB Trey DePriest (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), CB Doran Grant (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and CB Nick Waisome (Groveland, Fla./South Lake).