Texas players stepping into national spotlight for Under Armour All-America football game

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The annual Under Armour All-America football game will kick off for the seventh time Thursday when the nation’s top high school football players meet at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN at 3 p.m.

Texas will be well represented with 10 players and three coaches participating.

Each year, the Under Armour game displays the next group of elite college recruits.

NFL stars such as A.J. Green, Trent Richardson and Julio Jones have participated in the event.

The teams, Highlight vs. Nitro, are led by two former NFL head coaches in Steve Mariucci and Herm Edwards.

Other headline names assisting in the game are NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, and former NFL All-Pro linebacker LaVar Arrington.

Texas players

Note: Player are listed with position, high school, recruiting status.

Tony Brown, CB, Beaumont Ozen, undeclared

Nick Watkins, CB, Dallas Bishop Dunne, Notre Dame

Edwin Freeman, OLB, Arlington Bowie, undeclared

Arrion Springs, S, San Antonio Roosevelt, Oregon

Jamal Adams, S, Lewisville Hebron, undeclared

Jacob Bragg, OC, Nacogdoches, Kansas

Dylan Summer-Gardner, S, West Mesquite, Texas A&M

Myles Garrett, DE, Arlington Martin, Texas A&M

Adam Centers, K, Coppell, undeclared

Derick Roberson, DE, San Antonio Brennan, Texas

Texas coaches

Bob Wager, Arlington Martin

Tom Westerberg, Allen

Michael Johnson, Dallas Bishop Dunne

Player notes

Hebron’s Jamal Adams will announce his commitment to LSU or Florida during the game. … 103 total players … 27 undeclared players … Commits: Alabama 13 … Texas 2, Texas A&M 2.


“The most important years of a football player’s life is high school football and getting coaching from a high school coach.” – Team Nitro coach Herm Edwards, former NFL coach and ESPN analyst

“The 2013 NFL Draft had 21 players come out of the Under Armour All-America game and every year seems to be getting better and better. A lot of these kids will have that opportunity.” – Team Highlight coach Steve Mariucci, former NFL coach and NFL Network analyst

“It’s a great honor to represent Arlington in this game and I expect it to be a great game. It’s my last step before I get to play in college.” – Arlington Bowie linebacker Edwin Freeman, who has narrowed his college decision to Texas or Texas A&M

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