The annual Under Armour All-America Game has been a showcase for future SEC stars.
The event, scheduled on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla., has featured past SEC greats including Leonard Fournette, Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett. They played in the high school all-star game before shining on Saturdays.
And the current crop of prospects looks to be no different. Using ESPN’s recruiting rankings, the top eight ranked players in the game are either committed to or will attend an SEC school.
The game features 27 athletes who already are committed to SEC programs, the most of any conference. That number figures to grow. DeAngelo Gibbs, a 5-star athlete per ESPN who most likely will play safety at the next level, is set to commit at the event.
Alabama has the most commits at the game, with eight. LSU is just behind, with six. Here is a guide of names to watch at the Under Armour All-America Game.
Trey Smith, 5-star offensive tackle: Smith is ESPN’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2017 and is committed to Tennessee. Smith is the No. 1-rated offensive tackle in the country and one of three 5-star tackles at the event.
Isaiah Wilson, 5-star offensive tackle: Wilson recently announced he would attend Georgia, much to the delight of Bulldogs fans. The 6-foot-7 mountain of a prospect will get to square off against some familiar competition.
Robert Beal, 5-star defensive end: Beal is ESPN’s top-rated defensive end in the 2017 class and will join Wilson at Georgia. Given that he’ll square off against Smith, Wilson and 5-star Alabama commit Alex Leatherwood, Beal will get to show how talented he can be.
DeAngelo Gibbs, 5-star athlete: As mentioned above, Gibbs is the top uncommitted prospect at the game. He will announce his commitment during the game and enroll in school early. Georgia and Alabama are the favorites to land the talented Georgia playmaker, with Auburn lurking in third.
Dylan Moses, 5-star athlete: Remember when ESPN put Moses on the cover of ESPN the Magazine as an eighth-grader? Well, he’s lived up to the hype. He’ll most likely end up playing linebacker at Alabama, which was one of the few schools to offer him as an eighth-grade phenom.
Kellen Mond, 4-star quarterback: Mond is the top-rated quarterback in the game. He soon will begin his career at Texas A&M.
All recruiting rankings used for this article are from ESPN’s recruiting service. To see the full Under Armour All-America Game roster, follow this link.