January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (24) reacts after he won MVP of Team Highlight after the game at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gator Commit Vernon Hargreaves Dominates Under Armour All American Game


The Under Armour High School All American Game hosted by ESPN took place in Orlando, Florida this evening with several Florida Gator commits in attendance. The Gators were well represented led by top rated cornerback and team Black MVP Vernon Hargreaves III.

The game was a defensive struggle from start to finish led by safety Vernon Hargreaves who showed why he was ranked number one in the country at his position. Playing for the Black team, which won 16-3, Hargreaves was singled out right from the get go as the White team threw at him three times on the first drive resulting in a three and out. It never got better for the White team as they never completed a pass in the game that was thrown Hargreaves way and he picked off a pass to lead the Black team defense.

Kelvin Taylor looked good as the starting running back for the Black team and had a couple good runs and a couple of catches. He split time with Alvin Kamara but didn’t get much of a chance to show out as the teams focused mostly on the passing game.

Keanu Neal had a good showing at safety, as well, helping the Black defense to a dominating performance keeping the White offense out of the end zone the entire game.

Alvin Bailey showed playmaking ability as a punt returner and receiver for the Black team breaking out on a huge 44 yard return in the second half. While he didn’t have a lot of big stats other than the one return he did look good all week and showed some skills that should keep Gator fans smiling for the next few years.

The White team featured offensive lineman Roderick Johnson who played well blocking for three different quarterbacks.

With Hargreaves voted the top player for the Black team, and head and shoulders the best player on the field, the Gators got plenty of face time and mentions. Hargreaves even got in a good Gator chomp and a Go Gators while on camera.

Both safety Marcell Harris and linebacker Matt Rolin attended the week long festivities but were forced to sit out due to injuries.

There were several other Gator prospects in attendance, including former defensive tackle commit Caleb Brantley, defensive end Elijah Daniel, defensive tackle Montravius Adams, cornerback Shaquille Wiggins, defensive end DeMarcus Walker, and former linebacker commit Quinton Powell.

Out of the six who committed during the game the Gators were only in play for one and, realistically, only a hat on the table for defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko who chose Clemson as expected.

National Signing Day for college football is February 6 but early enrollees are expected to on campus on Monday which includes Matt Rolin.

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