Some of the best high school football recruits in the nation showed a show during the Under Armor All-American Game, but just as much excitement came from the field as it did during the 23-17 Team Icons victory over Team Legends.
Three players committed to universities during the game. Five-star linebacker Harold Perkins, four-star defender Omari Abor and four-star running back Jovantae Barnes have all announced where they are headed to school next year.
Perkins, ranked No. 1 linebacker in the class and No. 5 overall on the 247Sports Composite, is on his way to Texas A&M. The Cypress Park star (Cypress, Texas) joins a recruiting class that was already No. 1 in the country when they entered the day. Now the Aggies have six five-star players, 19 four-star and a trio of three stars committed to the program.
Of the 27 players, three are considered top-10 prospects and 15 are in the top 100.
Perkins is a 6-foot-2.5, 210-pound linebacker who had 33 offers from a who-is-who from college football. Over the last two seasons, he collected 93 tackles – 23.5 for losses – seven sacks, six QB rushes, three forced fumbles and one interception, according to SI.
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The 38-player in the class has also been given a new home. Abor chose Ohio State and became the 15th four-star player in the class to pick the Buckeyes.
Abor, who played high school football in Duncanville (Texas), is ranked No. 4 in edge-rusher and No. 8 player in the state.
He credited Ohio State defensive line and associate head coach Larry Johnson with convincing him to commit to the Buckeyes. In an interview with On3, Abor said:
“Root cause [I picked Ohio State] is Larry Johnson. Just like he trains his players, I just really feel like it [will] be a great experience, ”said Abor. “[We’re] close. Really close. He called me after every fight, like, ‘Yo, you messed with this. You messed with that. ‘
“He picked out the little details and I just look at them like, ‘Wow, this guy really changes the way I play football.'”
Ohio State’s class is ranked No. 4 in the country and No. 1 in the Big Ten.
Barnes, ranked No. 10, running back in class on the 247Sports Composite, committed to Oklahoma.
Barnes had 35 offers and finished a top three of Oklahoma, USC and Florida State. Despite the Trojans getting the former Oklahoma head coach, Barnes went with the Sooners. He told 247 that running back coach DeMarco Murray, the former Dallas Cowboys RB who played high school in Nevada, was a big reason why.
In six games this season, Barnes rushed after 567 yards and 11 touchdowns, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Desert Pines (Las Vegas) running back joined Gavin Sawchuk as a pair of four-star RBs committed to the Sooners.
Oklahoma’s class is ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten. It’s without a five star, but there are 14 four-star prospects committed to the Buckeyes.