While most eyes of Texas fans will be on Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where future quarterback Jerrod Heard will be on display, Thursday’s Under Armour All-America game had its own dose of the future for UT.
Cornerback Jermaine Roberts and defensive end Derick Roberson represented the Longhorns in St. Petersburg, Fla., helping “Team Highlight” to a 31-14 win.
Both Texas recruits played well, but neither separated from the pack in a game full of elite high school talent.
The best play by either player was a sack by Roberson. Texas’ highest rated recruit, fresh off a state championship appearance with San Antonio Brennan, flashed his incredible quickness off the line of scrimmage to get to the quarterback after blowing past the offensive tackle in the second quarter.
Roberts, a three-star cornerback out of New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine, was beat early by five-star wide receiver, and fellow New Orleanian, Malaci Dupre, but also showed he can tackle in space – a must in the wide open Big 12 – as the game went on.
Texas A&M was one of the big winners Thursday. On top of a fantastic showing by five-star Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett, the Aggies landed the verbal pledge of New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr five-star receiver Speedy Noil during the broadcast.
Noil, the number one receiver in the country, was expected to stay in his home state and pledge to LSU but chose the Aggies instead. He had one of the most impressive performances among all offensive players with three receptions for 90 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown.
The addition of Noil brings TAMU’s class to No. 3 in the country, according to 247Sports. Its three five-star players – Garrett, Noil and quarterback Kyle Allen – is second to only Alabama’s four.
Texas’ class sits at No. 12 nationally.
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