With the high school football season winding to a close, some of the top players from across the country will have a chance to play on the national stage. First on the docket is the Under Armour All-American Game taking place on Thursday night at 5 p.m. CST from Orlando, Florida.
The Lone Star State is well represented in this game, sending 16 players to participate in this game in 2018. Many of whom have signed with their respective schools, while there are still others who have not yet signed or remain uncommitted.
With kickoff just hours away, here’s a look at who is representing Texas in the game on Thursday night.
Editor’s note: The players marked with an * are either uncommitted or have not yet signed yet with the school they’ve committed to.
Players To Watch
B.J. Foster, S, Angleton (Texas)
One of the top safety prospects in the country had a strong senior season with Angleton by being a force as a running back on offense and as a safety on defense. Despite some issues with injuries, the future Longhorn helped lead the Wildcats to the Class 5A Division I state semifinals in 2017.
Joshua Moore, ATH, Yoakum (Uncommitted)
One of the most versatile athletes in the 2018 class, Moore is currently a Texas A&M lean but also fields offers from Oregon and Florida State among others. Along with his twin brother Jordan, he proved to be a remarkable talent for the Bulldogs in 2017.
Mustapha Muhammad, TE, Fort Bend Ridge Point (Michigan)
One of the top tight end prospects in the Class of 2018 will be heading north to play for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. Muhammad finished his senior season by helping to lead the Panthers to a District 20-6A championship.
Keondre Coburn, DT, Spring Westfield (Texas)
The imposing defensive tackle is staying in the Lone Star State and has signed with the Longhorns for their 2018. He had a strong senior season for the Spring Westfield Mustangs, finishing with 46 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the season.
DeMarvion Overshown, S, Arp (Texas)
Overshown is one of three East Texas products playing in this game on Thursday night. Like several others on this list, he will be taking his talents to Austin to play for Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns.
Jalen Preston, WR, Manvel (Texas A&M)*
The Texas A&M commit dazzled in a classic state championship game against Highland Park and had a great senior season, finishing with 1,137 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns. He’s a dynamic player on special teams and on offense. Preston is currenlty committed to Texas A&M but Texas is reportedly making a late push on the playmaker.
Tommy Bush, WR, Schertz Clemens (Uncommitted)*
The 6-5 target has started to really emerge as one of the top receivers in the country. With over 40 offers across the country, the Schertz Clemens standout has his top choice as to where he would like to go. Right now, it appears Georgia, Michigan State and Baylor are his top choices according to 247 Sports.
Byron Hanspard, DB, DeSoto (Baylor)
The long-time Arkansas commit was a late flip in his recruiting process and he gives head coach Matt Rhule another talented playmaker to work with. Hanspard made things difficult for opposing receivers this season, finishing with 42 tackles, four pass breakups and an interception for the Eagles.
Malcolm Epps, TE, Spring Dekaney (Texas)
The future Texas Longhorn was a top target for Spring Dekaney in 2017, finishing with 27 catches for 506 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017.
Calvin Avery, DT, Dallas Bishop Dunne (Illinois)
Calvin Avery will be taking his talents to Champaign and head coach Lovie Smith at Illinois. He proved to be a force to stop in the backfield, finishing with 31 tackles and eight sacks in 2017 for the Falcons.
Maurice Washington, RB, Cedar Hill Trinity Christian (Uncommitted)
Washington has been another late mover in the recruiting process and he’s started to make a name for himself on the recruiting trail. The running back from Trinity Christian is fielding offers from LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee among others.
Tevailance Hunt- WR, Texarkana Texas High (TCU)
Hunt ended up being one of the last selections into the game thanks to a fan vote and the senior from Texarkana is looking to make the most of his time in Orlando. The TCU signee had a strong year for the Tigers, finishing with 1,243 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2017.
Keaontay Ingram- RB, Carthage (Texas)*
The third player hailing from East Texas had a standout showing for the back-to-back state champions in Class 4A Division I. The senior finished with over 2,000 yards rushing for the second straight season.
Al’vonte Woodard- WR, Houston Lamar (Texas)
One of two Houston Lamar products participating in this game, Woodard put together another strong season in 2017. The Longhorn signee was the top target for the Texans in 2017, finishing with 628 yards and seven touchdowns on the year.
D’Shawn Jamison- DB, Houston Lamar (Texas)
Like his teammate Woodard, D’Shawn Jamison will also be heading to Austin to play for the Longhorns. He is also coming off a strong season finishing with 30 tackles, eight passes deflected and three interceptions in 2017.
Seth Small- K, Katy (Texas A&M)
The Katy product will be heading to College Station to play for Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M. He was one of the best kickers in the state and will have a chance to showcase his talents on the big stage.
Justin Mader, LS, Magnolia (Uncommitted)*
Justin Mader was the long snapper for the Magnolia Bulldogs in 2017 and will also play in Thursday’s game. He currently has scholarship offers from Army, Air Force and Houston Baptist among others.
One More To The Fold?
There will also be players who will announce their commitments during the game on Thursday night. One of them has Texas as a final target.
Nik Bonnito, an outside linebacker from powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), is one of the top prospects from his position group. He’ll choose between Louisville, Texas, and Oklahoma sometime during Thursday night’s game.
The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
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