ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A team captain’s job is to be the leader of the team.
Arlington Martin’s Myles Garrett was named a captain by former NFL coach and Team Highlight coach Steve Mariucci the morning before the seventh annual Under Armour All-America game at Tropicana Field.
The Star-Telegram Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and Texas A&M commit took control of the Team Highlight defense, recording a game-high six tackles and a sack — including tying the game’s record with four tackles for loss — in a 31-21 victory over Team Nitro.
“I came out fired up,” Garrett said. “There’s great players out here, and I had to show up. It was my time to shine on this big stage.”
Bob Wager, Garrett’s high school coach and an assistant in the Under Armour game, soaked in one final glimpse of his five-star defensive end, and Wager was thrilled with what he saw.
“[Thursday night] was indicative of who Myles Garrett is. He’s talented but he’s a hustle guy who plays hard,” Wager said. “I was awfully excited and extremely proud of him tonight. I truly believe Myles’ best football is ahead of him.”
Ten players from Texas, including six from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, were among those selected to participate in the nationally televised game played in front of 21,031 fans Thursday.
Hebron safety Jamal Adams, No. 23 in the ESPN 300, was one of seven players to announce his college decision in front of a live television audience. Surrounded by his family members and a swarm of cameras, Adams revealed his commitment to LSU over Florida.
“This whole experience has been awesome,” said Adams, who had two tackles for Team Nitro. “I’m truly blessed and honored to be going to LSU.”
Team Highlight receiver Speedy Noil (Edna Karr High School, New Orleans), ESPN’s No. 8-rated player nationally, will join Garrett at Texas A&M after he chose the Aggies over LSU.
Beaumont Ozen cornerback Tony Brown committed to Alabama, and the nation’s top recruit, running back Leonard Fournette of Saint Augustine High School in New Orleans, announced he will join LSU as well.
Arlington Bowie linebacker Edwin Freeman played for Team Nitro and broke up a pass in limited action.
“It was a great experience to play with the best players in the nation,” Freeman said,
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