The first of the two major high school all-star games kicks off on Thursday in Orlando at Camping World Stadium when many of the best prospects in the country participate in the 2020 Under Armour All-American game.
As usual, a handful of commitments will occur during the game, but former Texas running back target Zach Evans will not be among the six players announcing their decisions.
The main attractions will be the four Longhorns signees participating. In terms of evaluation purposes, these high school all-star games have limited utility, especially for anyone who doesn’t get to the see the players practice, so there’s no reason to take an overly critical approach to these contests, but it is always a nice sign to see players flash.
Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card (Team Pressure)
Considered one of the most consistent passers through practice in Orlando, Card should play a big role in the game as one of the best quarterbacks in the country — he’s ranked as the No. 2 dual-threat passer in the 2020 cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Prosper offensive lineman Jake Majors (Team Pressure)
Majors is still a bit undersized compared to some of the other offensive linemen in the game, which caused him issues during practice this week, but he’ll be able to flash his technique and his athleticism when he gets into space. Once Majors gets to Texas, he’ll be able to add the mass that he needs to hold up against players who currently have 30 or more pounds on him.
Houston Cypress Ridge defensive lineman Vernon Broughton (Team Pressure)
Broughton should benefit from the four-man defensive line used by new Texas defensive coordinator and could eventually play inside, but he’s outside at defensive end this week, where he’ll have a chance to use his pure athleticism in the game. Given his size at 286 pounds, he could be difficult to handle when he chooses to bullrush opposing tackles.
Tyler John Tyler cornerback Kitan Crawford (Team Savage)
The fastest player in the Texas class, Crawford has competed hard during practice this week and has the typical East Texas physicality that often defines players from the region. In these games, the schemes tend to be simple defensively, but it’s easier for a cornerback like Crawford to press and stick with wide receivers than it is for wide receivers to develop a significant level of rapport with the quarterbacks.
Texas quarterback signee Ja’Quinden Jackson, a signee from Duncanville, won’t play in the game due to a knee injury he suffered in the playoffs.
Other prospects of interest
A handful of other one-time Longhorns targets will participate in Orlando, including Alabama running back signee Jase McClellan, Alabama offensive line signee Dameion George, Georgia offensive line signee Chad Lindberg, Florida cornerback Jahari Rogers, Texas A&M cornerback signee Jaylon Jones, and Auburn safety signee Chris Thompson.
How to Watch
Time: 5:00 p.m. Central
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
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