Daylon Mack will be playing on Sundays some day
Mack’s effort Friday was easy to overlook with his team losing in a rout, but the Gladewater (Texas) defensive tackle was dominant all week and continued that dominance in the game, with a game-leading seven tackles, including three for loss. Mack was named the MVP of Team Armour. At 6-1, 330-pounds, he might be a tad short for an NFL defensive tackle, but he was perhaps the most physical player on the field. Mack’s stalwart effort might be the worst news for LSU this week as the undeclared Mack recently canceled his visit to Baton Rouge after the departure of defensive coordinator John Chavis to Texas A&M. Mack had decommitted from Texas A&M but is now reconsidering with Chavis’ addition to the coaching staff.
FSU’s receiving corps is in good shape
Jameis Winston might not be throwing to them next year, but two future FSU receivers showed the Seminoles won’t lack for good receivers. The top two pass catchers for Team Highlight were Da’Vonte Phillips of Miami Central and George Campbell of East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Fla.).
Phillips showed he’s capable of handling physical cornerbacks, fighting off LSU commit Kevin Tolliver II, then hauling in a 4-yard touchdown pass from Alabama commit Blake Barnett of Centennial (Corona, Calif.). He had three catches for 32 yards.
“I was just happy for all my bros,” said Phillips, who announced his commitment Thursday. “They came out and had a good time and prepared for the next level.”
Campbell had the game’s longest catch, a 60-yarder that showcased his speed. Only two years ago, he was making a name for himself in the Under Armour underclassman combine at Tropicana Field.
On a bad day for quarterbacks, two stood out
The Under Armour game generally favors the defenses, particularly since four days of practice is not enough time to put in a offense. Only two quarterbacks completed 50% of their passes, both of them for Team Highlight. Jarrett Stidham, a Baylor commit from Stephenville, Texas, completed 2-of-3 passes for 44 yards and Deondre Francois of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), who has committed to FSU, connected on all four of his attempts for 103 yards and a touchdown.
On his long pass to Campbell, Francois calmly avoided a sack by stepping up in the pocket before throwing the strike. Francois’ touchdown came on a 24-yard pass to Clemson commit Garrett Williams, a tight end from First Academy (Orlando).
“Hanging out with those guys during the week helped,” Francois said. “That touchdown pass was a smash concept. The corner sat on the hitch (route), so I just threw it over the top.”
Damien Harris is the real deal
No running back has been as productive in the Under Armour All-America game as Damien Harris was Friday. The Madison Southern (Berea, Ky.) back rushed 16 times for a game-record 122 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown. Harris has said his final choices for schools are Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio State and Auburn. He plans to announce his decision Jan. 9 at his high school.
“I could have announced here (on TV), but that’s not me,” Harris said.
Justin Yoon is coming just in time to Notre Dame
With Kyle Brindza graduating, the Irish need another good kicker and Yoon looks to fit that bill. The Milton (Mass.) Academy kicker made all three field goal attempts, including a game-record 47-yarder and averaged 62 yards on five kickoffs. He has said he plans to sign with the Irish.