A collection of the best high school talent in the country converged in Orlando for the 2017 Under Armour All-American Game, including Texas commit Toneil Carter, Westlake linebacker Levi Jones and a few other Texas targets.
North Shore defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson was the star, finishing with four sacks. The defensive end is one of the top remaining targets in the 2017 class for Tom Herman’s staff and hasn’t kept his affection for the University of Texas a secret during his recruiting process. Herman showed an ability to recruit top Houston talent at his former job. Pulling Chaisson on board became even more of a priority with the news that Liberty-Eylau defensive lineman Lagaryonn Carson is no longer committed and likely headed towards a JUCO.
Chaisson wasted little time making an impression. He recorded the game’s first sack in the first quarter and notched his fourth when he tackled Texas A&M commit Kellen Mond with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end is known for playing his best in big games. He earned his reputation in the 2015 state title game against Westlake. He raised his reputation in Orlando. Chaisson has the frame to add weight to become a three-down defensive end, or his future could be as a standup linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Carter, the lone Texas commit in the game, acquitted himself nicely in limited touches. The running back was Herman’s first recruiting win at Texas. Carter was originally committed to Georgia before numbers at the position forced the senior to look elsewhere. Carter is an early-enrollee with patience and a quick burst.
Jones, a linebacker from nearby Westlake High School recently removed Texas from his potential list of college destinations and it is believed Texas A&M is the current leader for the explosive linebacker. This game didn’t allow Jones to showcase his array of talents since Jones’ best attribute – pass rushing – was off limits. Linebackers can’t rush the quarterback in high school all-star games. He played well in space, making plays against the run and in the backfield when the quarterback broke the pocket.
Marvin Wilson, the current No. 1 player in the state on most lists, also played in the game. Texas is considered a long-shot for his signature. Other possible targets participating in the game were Denton offensive lineman Grant Polley, cornerback Chevin Calloway and wide receiver Jalen Reagor. Polley and Reagor are currently committed to Colorado and TCU, respectfully.
Army All-American practices begin this week with the game taking place Saturday at the Alamodome. Recent Texas commit Derek Kerstetter, an offensive lineman from San Antonio Reagan, will compete alongside some of the best players from Texas and around the country. Texas targets Eno Benjamin and Omar Manning will also be in attendance.