Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national level has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, either. That said, the hype is building for a pair of games this year: The first is on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium and home of the Dallas Cowboys. The second is on Jan. 9 at Raymond James Stadium and home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
It’s time to take a closer look at Devan Stubblefield from St. Louis (HI). A member of the Class of 2014, he made a handful of big plays, and perhaps most notably a 69-yard touchdown catch, as West defeated East, 41-7, in the game at AT&T Stadium.
Texas Tech commit Patrick Mahomes was among the well-known figures in attendance, along with Auburn commit Kamryn Pettway, Cal commit Vic Enwere, Louisville commit London Iakopo, Rice commit James Mayden and SEC target Lonnie Johnson.
Back then, Stubblefield made a name for himself. His reputation remains intact as the 6-foot and 200-pound freshman wide receiver for Hawaii will be in action on Nov. 28 against Louisiana-Monroe in a Mountain West Conference game at 8 p.m. (EST).
At the midway point of the season, Stubblefield had eight receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-20 conference loss to Nevada. Last week, it was three catches for 101 yards and touchdown in a 42-23 conference loss to San Jose State.
When all is said and done this year, Stubblefield will have played in 12 games, eight starts, including seven consecutive. He’s projected to lead the Rainbows, worst case scenario second overall, in multiple categories (catches, receiving yards and touchdowns).
A starter’s role in the future seems to be a foregone conclusion. Conversations already started about his potential to play at the next level, regardless of the path taken. Still, not long ago, Stubblefield shined in the spotlight at the All-American Bowl in Texas.