The high school careers of a half dozen future Gators ended in a Blur.
All six Florida commitments that played in Thursday night’s Under Armour All-American Game were members of the White Team (Blur), which blew out the Black Team (Highlight) 49-16.
Pictured from left to right are commits Marcus Maye (S), Jessamen Dunker (OL), Austin Hardin (K), Brian Poole (CB), Colin Thompson (TE) and Latroy Pittman (WR).
The top performer was Poole, who had a 93-yard pick-six in the second quarter and forced another interception with some stout coverage. His touchdown broke the 2009 record set by UF receiver Andre Debose for the longest TD in an Under Armour game, but the new mark didn’t last long as Alabama commit Amari Cooper later scored on a 95-yard punt return.
But Poole was just happy to make a play for his team.
“I seen an opportunity and really my instincts just took me to the ball,” Poole said of the pick-six, “and once the ball touched my hands I knew I was going to the house.”
Another secondary commit who stood out was Maye, although he did his defensive damage from the outside linebacker position. The four-star prospect finished with six tackles, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt that resulted in a safety.
“They had me playing outside linebacker, which is out of position for me,” Maye said, “but I took it as a learning experience. I came in here looking to compete and I thought I played pretty well.”
Dunker started the game at right guard and had an impressive pancake block on defensive end Jordan Jenkins, who amassed a game-high eight tackles and tied the Under Armour record for sacks in a game (two) that was set by UF defensive tackle Omar Hunter in 2008.
It was a bad night in the kicking department for Hardin. He missed a 44-yard field goal and had two of his PATs hit the crossbar. But after the game, Hardin revealed he was battling the flu and has been all week.
“I don’t like to make excuses,” he said, “but I’ve been throwing up everyday. I’ve had a rough week and I couldn’t let anyone know I was sick because they would have sent me home.
“It’s hard when you only miss two kicks your entire senior season and then miss two in one game. But I know what I can do and I’m confident in what I’m bringing to the University of Florida. I still had a fun time getting this win and being out here with teammates I’ll have for the next four years.”
Thompson and Pittman each hauled in a first-down reception, and the North Marion wideout enjoyed playing on a big stage before he enrolls early at UF.
“It was great just bonding and getting more chemistry with these guys,” said Pittman, who also laid a huge block on Stanford linebacker commit Noor Davis. “Getting that experience of a college game and being on national T.V. was the greatest part of all.”