With plenty of hype surrounding prospects in the Class of 2013, the debut could not have gone any better for the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 10.
Ohio State commit Reid Worstell from GlenOak (OH) lived up to the advanced billing and then some. Relentlessly, he tried and tried, though his efforts came up a bit short as South defeated North, 21-14.
The 6-foot-3 and 205-pounder completed 17-of-21 attempts for 221 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, the game-tying scoring drive for the North was stopped in the red zone as time expired.
In the end, the difference proved to be Kansas State commit Byron Pringle from Robinson (FL) on the South. Accordingly, he was named Offensive MVP with six catches for 104 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Indiana commit Michael McGinnis from Allentown (NJ) of the North was Defensive MVP with 12 tackles, eight solo stops, though Arizona State commit Davon Durant from Greenwood (SC) was considered.
Worstell’s main target was Akron commit Austin Wolf from Lebanon (OH) with eight catches for 96 receiving yards. Try as they might, the opponent never found an answer, or effective way to stop him.
Idaho commit Chase Gonzalez from Turlock Christian (CA) often looked in the direction of Delaware State commit Marquel Knight from Indian River (DE), who had six catches for 67 receiving yards.
Florida State commit Hunter DeWitt from Sarasota (FL) was up for the challenge, to be sure, and went head-to-head with Worstell. He finished 14-for-17 with 201 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas State commit Austin Katsorelos from Blue Valley (KS), New Mexico State commit Gregory Hogan from Summer Creek (TX) and Charlotte commit Dakota Hopper from McMichael (NC) opened eyes.
Florida commit Garrett Stephens from Saint Xavier (KY), Missouri State commit Kurran Blamey from Monet (MO) and South Alabama commit Wade Forde from Vanguard (FL) did well on the big stage, too.