In terms of talent on the national level, there was no shortage of high-profile prospects in the Class of 2019 on hand at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium on Jan. 14.
ESPN3 was there, of course, to document just about everything. That is, the action both on and off the field, as Lone Star won, 29-10, against Team Forty-Nine in a game not many in attendance will soon forget.
Among the highlights, this one coming during a ceremony at halftime, Oklahoma State commit Deondrick Glass of Lone Star made his all-important decision to play for the Cowboys in the near future.
Fans in Stillwater figure to welcome the 5-foot-11 and 200-pound running back on campus. Alabama and Texas were also in the running for a pledge. Georgia, Miami and Michigan had an outside chance.
NFL veteran, turned coach Sean Salisbury called the shots for Lone Star, a team of Texas-based players. NFL assistant, turned coach George Martinez was at the helm for Team 49, rest of the states-based players.
Before and after the announcement, Garrison Johnson for Lone Star nearly stole the show. A one-time North Texas commit, who recently opened up his recruitment, was named as the Offensive MVP for his efforts.
Trailing 10-0 to start the second half, Johnson scored on a 2-yard run with 10 minutes left in the third quarter and a 1-yard run with 13 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Team 49 never quite recovered.
Lone Star was not finished. A Boise State commit, Shea Whiting was in the running for Offensive MVP and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from UTEP commit T.J. Goodwin with six minutes left in the game.
Shortly thereafter, when things could not get any worse, American Athletic Conference target Khambrail Winters sealed the victory with a 102-yard interception return for a touchdown in the waning moments.
Team 49 played well early on. And for a majority of the game. West Carolina commit Malik Richardson threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Conference USA target Cade Sams with 10 minutes left in the first quarter.
Up front for Team 49, Washington State commit Hunter Hill, Kent State commit Mike McNicholas and Montana State commit Lucas Child paved the way in the running game, passing game as well.
The offensive line was a strength for Team 49 as Mountain West Conference target Sonny Makasini, also Conference USA targets Elijah Manuel, Anthony Wright and Kelvin Smith were in the same category.
Youngstown State commit Gianni Rizzo of Team 49 was named as the Defensive MVP, though Conference USA target Tramon Jackson and Pioneer Football League target Maurio Goings were also considered.
Glass and Johnson benefitted from running behind a talented offensive line, featuring Oklahoma commit Marcus Alexander, Texas A&M commit Layden Robinson and Conference USA target Dillon Alam.
In the absence of Houston commit Rodquice Chaney and Kansas State commit Trevor Stange, Hawaii commit Zach Daniel and McNeese State commit Cade Bartlett did not miss a bit underneath center.
Not to be forgotten were the Lone Star secondary efforts of Texas commit Myles Mass, along with Conference USA targets Omaric Battles, Marcus Barnes, Isaiah Harvey, Aaron Sells and Keyshawn Johnson.
At the second level for Lone Star, Tulsa commit Bershard Glaspie and Conference USA target Chance Cover did well, thus to create opportunities for Sun Belt Conference targets Malik Green and Zachary Natt.
Down in the trenches for Lone Star, Conference USA targets Riley Dickson and Kamal Nader were a handful. Same thing can be said about Sun Belt Conference targets Evan Stanford and John Guerrero.