On Sunday, dozens of the nation’s top recruits will embark on the final football experience of their high school careers.
Practices begin Monday for the Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-American Game.
Jacksonville First Coast linebacker Daniel McMillian, an early enrollee, is one of four Army All-Americans from Florida’s 2013 class.
“It’s going to be an honor to play in front of the soldiers and represent the U.S. Army,” McMillian said. “I’m ready to go compete, play hard and just have fun.”
Joining McMillian on the East team will be receiver Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), defensive end Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) and safety Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian). Fulwood (shoulder) and Sherit (ACL) are out with injuries.
The UF targets to watch are Immokalee cornerback Mackensie Alexander, USC defensive end commit Jason Hatcher (Louisville, Ky./Trinity), USC cornerback commit Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) and receiver Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach Country). All four are on the East team as well.
The Army All-American Bowl takes place on Jan. 5 in San Antonio, Texas, at 1 p.m. ET. The game is televised by NBC. For the complete roster, click HERE.
For the second-straight year, the Under Armour All-American Game will feature six Florida commits on one team.
The Black team (Highlight) will have running back Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day), receiver Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City), cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) and safeties Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) and Keanu Neal (Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter). The White team (Nitro) includes commits Roderick Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) and Matt Rolin (Ashburn, Va./Brian Woods), who is recovering from surgery on his torn ACL.
Neal is looking forward to spending the week with his future teammates.
“There’s going to be seven of us there, I couldn’t ask for more,” Neal said. “It will be great for us to hang out, interact with each other and understand everyone’s style of play so we’ll already have chemistry on and off the field when we get to Florida next year.”
Here are the UF targets to look out for on both teams:
DT Greg Gilmore, Hope Mills, N.C./South View (LSU commit)
DE Elijah Daniel, Avon, Ind./Avon
DE DeMarcus Walker, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood (Alabama commit)
WR Laquon Treadwell, Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee
DT Montravius Adams, Vienna, Ga./Dooly County
CB Shaq Wiggins, Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek (Georgia commit)
The Under Armour All-American Game takes place on Jan. 4 in St. Petersburg, Fla., at 5 p.m. ET. The game is televised by ESPN. For the complete roster, click HERE.
ESPNU will air practice sessions on Jan. 1 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. ET and Jan. 2 from 3-6 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will air The American Family Insurance Skills Challenge on Jan. 2 from 9-10 p.m. ET.