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.
Justin Motlow from Tampa Catholic (FL) is the topic of conversation right here. A member of the Class of 2014, and difficult to stand out in the crowd, he still made his presence felt as South defeated North, 47-44, in double overtime at Raymond James Stadium.
LSU commit John Battle and Penn State commit Koa Farmer were among many high-profile recruits. Same goes for Illinois commit Tre Watson, Washington State commit Keith Harrington, UTSA commit Dalton Sturm and North Carolina commit Austin Proehl.
Motlow has moved on to bigger and better things. Specifically speaking, the next level as the 6-foot and 183-pound redshirt freshman wide receiver for Florida State will be in action on Nov. 21 against Chattanooga in a nonconference game at 12 p.m. (EST).
In the season opener, also his collegiate debut, a 58-16 nonconference victory over Texas State, Motlow became the first ever member of the Seminole Nation to play football for the program (his grandmother is 100 percent Seminole Indian and he’s 25 percent).
Moving forward, he’s expected to contribute, despite a team seemingly loaded at every position with future NFL Draft picks. Names such as Jameis Winston, Dalvin Cook, Travis Rudolph, Jalen Ramsey and Derwin James. There are others too, rest assured.
Having already managed to leave a lasting impression with the Seminoles, both on and off the field, the future appears to be particularly bright for Motlow. Hard to believe, true nevertheless, not very long ago, he played in the All-American Bowl in Florida.