In terms of the Class of 2014, there was no shortage of talent on display during the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 11.
With the spotlight shining bright, Washington State commit Keith Harrington from Northeast (FL) took advantage on the big stage and delivered an effort that won’t soon be forgotten.
The 5-foot-8 and 169-pounder nearly stole the show, gained close to 300 all-purpose yards and finished with four touchdowns as the South defeated the North, 47-44 in double overtime.
Florida commit Deiondre Porter from Jefferson (FL) did a little bit of everything for the South, mostly at quarterback with his athleticism. He could play on defense at the next level though.
With offense at premium, North Carolina commit Austin Proehl from Providence (NC) was another well-known name for the South and he ended up with three receptions for 69 yards.
Not to be forgotten with all the offensive fireworks on display for the South was the effort of Florida State commit Justin Motlow from Tampa Catholic (FL). He had five catches for 55 yards.
Missouri Valley Football Conference target Shawn Bane from Sarasota (FL) turned some heads for the South. He ended up with four receptions for 63 yards, also another 76 yards in the return game.
Along with Indiana State commit Lex Sowards from Rye (KY), UTSA commit Dalton Sturm from Goliad (TX) and Big Sky Conference target Robert Webber from Centennial (CA) kept the North close.
The top target was one-time Wisconsin commit and potential Maryland pledge Chris Jones from DeMatha Catholic (MD). Unstoppable at times for the North in the first half, he had three touchdowns.
Despite the scoreboard, there were plenty of noteworthy efforts on defensive for the South, especially by LSU commit John Battle from Hallandale (Fla.) and Koa Farmer from Notre Dame (CA).
When all was said and done, deserving of mention too, Illinois commit Tre Watson from Tampa Catholic (FL) delivered when it mattered most for the South and was named Defensive MVP.
For the North, not to be outdone, North Carolina State commit Troy Vincent Jr. from Gilman (MD) and Devon Brewer from Central East (CA) were in the conversation for the award with Watson.