White Dominates Black in Under Armour Game

By Alex on January 5, 2012 at 11:06p
Winston is the real dealA good week of practice paid off for Winston

It didn't take long before the result of the 5th annual Under Armour All-America Game would be decided, as the White team dominated the Black team by a score of 49-16 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

From the start the White team, coached by Herm Edwards, took charge in this contest, starting with their first drive of the game. After tacking a sack at the hands of Buckeye commit Noah Spence, OSU target, Jameis Winston (Florida State) put his team up 6-0 (XP missed) after launching a 75 yard bomb to Alabama commit Amari Cooper to open up scoring for the night.

The Black team answered on their next possession with a Ross Martin (Duke) 32-yard field goal, but the team's inability to make a big play when it mattered most to find the end zone would set the tone for the remainder of the game.

Later in the first quarter, the White team took out Winston in favor of Cal commit Zach Kline, who did not disappoint, opening up the lead to 13-3 after a 32 yard touchdown strike through the air to Marvin Bracy (FSU).

After another returned possession, things started to look good for the Black team when Spence hit White QB Tanner Mangum (BYU), causing an interception to fall into the hands of Landon Collins (Alabama). The momentum didn't last long however, though, as Black QB Connor Brewer (Texas) threw a pick of his own that was returned 93 yards for an interception to end the first half with a score of White 20 Black 3. To make things worse, Brewer suffered a concussion on the play, causing him to miss the remainder of the game.

With Connor Brewer out and Preston Dewey (Miami) ruled inactive before the game, the Black team was left with just Chad Kelly (Clemson) behind center, so the sides asked Mangum to switch from White to Black, a move Steve Mariucci (Black coach) may later regret, although it was a classy sportsmanship move by both the player and coaches.

The second half didn't go much better than the first half for the Black team, as Terry Richardson (Michigan) fumbled the opening kick-off and it was returned by the White team to the Black 3-yard line. This time the score wouldn't be changed, as Noah Spence lead the black defensive line with a forced fumble (recovered by Winston) and two tackles on a four down, goal line stand.

Once again the Black team couldn't take advantage, and even worse had the resulting punt blocked by Marcus May (Florida) and it fell out of bounds in the back of the end zone, for a safety to put the White team up 22-3. On the ensuing drive, that lead was increased to 29-3, as Winston hooked up with Shaq Roland (South Carolina) on his second score of the night, this one from 16 yards out.

The White team finally got a touchdown on the board on the next possession, as Kelly, nephew of former Bills QB Jim Kelly, found TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (USC) in the end zone for an 11 yard scoring strike. That would be all the scoring from the White team until garbage time late in the game.

Spence earned his All-American honorsSpence lived up to the bill in the UA Game

The White team extended their lead to 49-10 midway through the fourth quarter after a Cyrus Jones (Alabama) interception went for six, an Amari Cooper punt return went 92 yards for a score, and Keith Marshall (Georgia) put one in on the ground from two yards out.

The Black team finally got on the board again with just minutes remaining, as Kelly found Buckeye target Davonte' Neal on a 3-yard scoring pass. The extra point was blocked and the score was set at 49-16, where it would become final.

Six players made their commitments at the game, including DB Lucas Thompson, RB Wes Brown, DE Channing Ward, DB Chaz Elder, ATH Cyrus Jones, and DB Landon Collins. Thompson chose East Carolina, Brown chose Maryland, Ward chose Ole Miss, Elder chose South Carolina, Jones chose Alabama, and Collins also chose the Tide, in what became one of the most bizarre announcements I have ever seen, with his mother taking the mic and openly saying she wanted him to choose LSU.

Five OSU players of interest played in the game, including QB Jameis Winston, DE Noah Spence, WR/CB Davonte' Neal, OL Joey O'Connor, and LB Dalton Santos.

Winston, who is expected to visit Columbus on January 20, was named the Player of the Game. He finished the game completing 8 of 9 passes for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns against 0 interceptions, while also making a bunch of plays with his legs. He is definitely the real deal and you can see why many of the top programs in the country are going after the current Florida State commit.

The aforementioned Spence was an absolute beast, recording two sacks and a forced fumble in addition to seven or eight tackles on the night. Spence showed the ability to make plays from both the strong and weak sides and has great burst coming off the line of scrimmage. The one thing I really liked about him is that he never gave up on plays, even if he over pursued or the runners went into the second or third levels. This kid is going to be a good one.

Davonte' Neal started off slow, but picked things up, participating in both the return and receiving games. He finished with 2 catches for 16 yards and a TD, as well as 2 kick returns for 49 yards (24.5 avg). He definitely has tremendous speed and I am very anxious to see what happens when he makes his official visit to Columbus next weekend.

O'Connor played both tackle and guard all week, but watching him in this game, guard is definitely his more natural position. Both offensive lines struggled, not only because the defensive line talent was outstanding, but also because it's very hard to get in sync with such short time to practice together. O'Connor is a very good player and had his ups and downs throughout the game.

Finally, Santos looked like a great player and I saw him in on at least 6 tackles tonight. He is currently committed to Tennessee, but with some changes to the coaching staff there, is expected to make some visits and Ohio State will be one of the schools he checks out. He looked good both against the run and the pass and plays with a mean streak you want in the Silver Bullets. He is definitely a MIKE linebacker and could fill a need and some depth for OSU next season.


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Jdadams01's picture

Thank you, Alex! Did Neal play defense at all?

Alex's picture

No he was supposed to but they were short WRs so he played there...I personally like him as a corner in college, returning kicks as well and play in offense maybe in certain plays

jsbuckeye's picture

I was at the game tonight Spence looked incredible.He played fast and hit had and the best thing he can tackle. LOL he stood up a player at the end zone saving a TD. I got to meet members of Spence family they seem to be great people and they are excited about the Buckeyes. I welcomed them to the Buckeye Nation.

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

-Spence looked great. Lived up to the billing. Had quickness off the ball all week and showed his talent during the game.

-I want Neal in Scarlet and Gray really bad. He has great explosiveness and is electic in the open field. I wanted to see in on some WR/bubble screens to see his elusiveness but never transpired.

-Santos was all over the field and made a ton of tackles. He's like 245lbs but moves really well. Be a great MLB and compete with Grant.

-It would be great to grab Winston and give somebody to push Braxton and who knows, maybe even pass him. I'm all for playing the player that gives OSU the best chance to win every game. You can never have too much talent esp at the most important position in the game.

-Screw trying to flip Kalis. Let's try to flip Joe Bolden. He is going to be an All Big Ten LB for years to come at scUM. He is a tackling machine with a great nose for the ball. Urban needs to keep these top Ohio kids in Ohio and I'm sure he will not disappoint.

Great writeup as always. Look forward to the Army AA game.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Apparently ESPN didn't get the memo that he(Spence) had commited to Ohio State. They had that he was still undecided. :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BuckeyeNation's picture

Oh, they got the memo, don't you fret about that. They're just bastards! They did a interview with Cyrus Jones and out of all the teams that were stilll in the hunt w/him, the only questions eSECpn could seem to consistently ask about was... what made him decide to NOT go to tOSU! They were purposely trying to get Jones to say negative things about Urban Meyer & tOSU.

Here's the link:  



P.s  You might have to scroll thru a cpl video's to find it. The video i'm referring to, he's wearing a brown nike beanie cap w/a grey hoodie.

Orlando Buckeye's picture

I had a pretty solid feeling that Cyrus Jones was going somewhere else when I saw that ESPIN video of bad recruiting pitches.  

Let me say this:  I like to have Cyrus on the team I think he's a great WR.  However, he isn't the next Percy Harvin.  He should have been thrilled by the comparison, instead of insulted.  These kids got some egos.  If he works hard enough he might be the next Brian Hartline.  Sheesh.

Northbrook's picture

Yeah, I saw that. The kid is not thinking very clearly. Next.

Squirrel Master's picture

well I am not sure what has turned Jones off of OSU but from what I heard in his interview, makes no sense at all. He said he wants to play offense yet he is selecting Alabama. They said he could be the next Maze! Who? Everyone knows Percey Harvin and more so can see what Rainey learned. I am willing to bet he ends up on defense because that is where Saban likes his athletes. He will be good but I bet he will not be happy in long run. Then Saban can boot him for the next Maze!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Jdadams01's picture

Alabama: 26 commits a month before signing day. Oversign much?

William's picture

I saw this, and the funny thing is the SEC actually passed a by-law restricting teams from signing over 25 now. I wonder what Saban's excuse will be, also Texas now has a class of 26 recruits too.

Maestro's picture

thought it was 28

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Alex's picture

not every conference has a 25 man rule...not sure about Texans and the Big 12 though

Maestro's picture

Thanks forgot about that.

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tampa buckeye's picture

Spence was a beast last night. He could start at some point next season. Big ten qb's will be hearing footsteps for the next 3 or 4 years.

BuckNut1070's picture

Odds that Winston commits to the Buckeyes?

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium."  ~Woody Hayes~

William's picture

Not happening. I think we're fine with Miller, Jones, and Guiton. Besides we might be the team to beat for Malik Zaire next year anyway. As of now we need to grab 2 OTs, a LB, and one speedster. Hopefully we'll be able to pull in 2 of Tayor Decker, Kyle Dodson, and Jordan Diamond, 1 of either Camren Williams, Jamal Marcus, and David Perkins, and either Davonte Neal, Joel Caleb, or Stefon Diggs.

Maestro's picture

Agree.  I think 2013 needs to be the QB target year.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I want either Camren Williams or Santos. Santos was a freak last night and he is more of a true MIKE than the other recruits. OSU needs a true middle to lead the defense.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Davep160's picture

The SEC now has a hard cap of I believe 25 the difference is that they can recruit 25 whether or not they can offer 25 schollarships open or 1.  Their main advantage advantage comes with the players that get medical waivers due to hangnails.   The SEC East doesn't oversigned like the SEC West which is why lets say Georgia isn't as competitive as your Alabama's although having twice as much in state talent.

btalbert25's picture

So, by their rule the SEC won't be oversigning anymore?  This came out in June?  From all the complainging about oversigning you would've thought someone would've mentioned this along the way. 

Glad to see that they passed it though, also glad to see the Massoli rule will no long be allowed, the Big 10 should follow suit as Wisconsin would've never won the conference without getting Russel Wilson through the same channels.  That is definitely a competitive advantage as well. 

Maestro's picture

25 x 4 = 100.  SEC can still oversign, just not as grossly.

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William's picture

They can still oversign by up to 15 players over a 4 year period. This is still much better than being able to sign 30 players a year, and oversign by 35 players every 4 years.

btalbert25's picture

Doesn't everyone have the ability to sign 25 players per year though?  I mean even Ohio State at 22 per year is more than the 85 limit.  You do have attrition every year, so I don't really see that as oversigning I guess.  Our class this year is going to be right at 25 in all likelihood.  We have 19 now right, with the probability of adding 6 more.

Maestro's picture

Yes, everyone can sign 25.  85 is the number that really matters though.  How to get to 85 is the real issue.  Limiting them to 25 per year is a good start to prevent players from getting cut or forced into a medical hardship.

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btalbert25's picture

Nevermind, I see above where someone addressed it.  I've never been as outraged about oversigning like others have, but this seems to be a pretty good rule, infact, I wouldn't mind if the B1G adopted one like this.  We're basically oversigning this year in my opinion.  We're counting on recruits coming in after some medical hardships and transfers, just not letting the guys commit before those scholarships come open. 

We know a certain amount of guys are going to take the hardship or they have been encouraged to do so and we are counting those scholarships as available, guys have been offered, just not committed yet.  Don't see much of a difference myself, but I'm sure Ill be tol I'm wrong.

William's picture

The B1G was one of the first conferences to have a 25 man rule in place.

Squirrel Master's picture

your wrong!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

RBuck's picture

I would like to know when does a team have to be at or below the 85 limit. After the signing, after enrollment, start of practice/season? Anybody know?

Long live the southend.

William's picture

I think its either the beginning or end of fall camp.

Bucks43201's picture

did anyone else notice that ESPiN did not put tOSU as a finalist for Davonte Neal. From everything I've read, it seems like we're a top 3 finalist - and he's making a visit, yet ESPiN listed: Arkansas, Arizona, Notre Dame and USC as his finalists in his profile. They didn't even mention tOSU.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Orlando Buckeye's picture

Ramzy tweeted a pic http://twitter.com/#!/ramzyn/status/155073717427376129/photo/1 that had undeclared Noah Spence with the 8 schools he is considering (none of wich were tOSU).

William's picture

We're leading for Neal at this moment.

bassplayer7770's picture

Verification?  If that's true, then I am a happy man right now.

William's picture

He's from Akron, Ohio. He grew up a fan of OSU. He was OSU's ball boy for the Fiesta Bowls against Miami and Kansas State. His family likes the way Meyer is going to run things at OSU. He has an official coming soon. I wouldn't be surprised if he commits afterwards.

Alex's picture

Not sure if we are LEADING...but we are up there :)

Northbrook's picture

ESPN does a lousy job on recruiting and almost everything else where facts are important.

carence's picture

-Random Thoughts-

It doesn't surprise me aobut ESPN and Noah Spence being "undeclared". I've said this before and I will say it again, it's us against the world. I just love how a high school player is 5 stars or the top in that position until he commits to Ohio State, then he becomes a 4 star or the 5th best player at that position.

I watched the videos on Malik Zaire, he's fast and shifty but he has a Tebow throwing motion. It's a wind up and we really don't want that.

Maestro's picture


ESPN article about Spence's commitment to Ohio State.  Yet, when they air the game they don't even recognize their own reporting.  Unreal.


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Poison nuts's picture

I always want to try and believe than ESPN is not quite as biased as they seem. My logic - they employ so many Buckeyes, and the scandal got the coverage it did due to tOSU being the monsterous successful institution it is...but they really do have some sort of problem and its fairly obvious. The fact that they themselves reported his commitment then didn't put tOSU in the list of school he's considering is plain irresponsible news reporting.

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BTwrestle04's picture

I agree, Zaire's throwing mechanics are awful. We need Tyrone Swoopes in that class. Youtube him.

Squirrel Master's picture

as ugly as Tebow's throwing is, I will take the record he had during college any day. just got wins. Plus, as bad as he was, Pryor seemed to make it look just as bad and as much as I love the dude, he didn't win enough for us.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Alex's picture

FWIW I think Travon Chapman of Kent Roosevelt is better than Zaire...I think Urban signs 2 next year...1 Ohio guy and 1 national guy

Orlando Buckeye's picture

Lol.  This should just be the recruiting strategy from now on.  Whatever position we need we'll just get the best guy in Ohio and the best guy nationally.  Then we'd be set.  It's so simple, it's genius.

zbd's picture

How did Joe Bolden from Cincinnati Colerain get away?  Ohio State didn't even offer him?  He looked great last night.

spqr2008's picture

He might not have the grades to make it into OSU.  During High school, my junior year, a kid from Colerain, who showed me his class rank from his transcripts there (4th in his class, 4.0 GPA, ended up with good SAT scores, got into OSU honors program), came into my class in high school and ended up finishing something like 121st in the class (I was 96th with a 3.99 GPA).  Honestly Colerain is a BAD school, so if he didn't get above a 3.5 GPA or at least a high SAT or ACT, he might not have been considered.


GABuckeye's picture

There is no way he couldn't get into Ohio State and got into Michigan.  Michigan's academics are just as good, if not better, than Ohio State's.

spqr2008's picture

TSUN has lower entry qualifications for out state students because they don't know the high schools as well.

Alex's picture

I honestly think the staff under Tressel wanted to further evaluate....he was "dissed" by this and took the Michigan offer early and never looked back

The Buckeyes NEVER offered, though, so I guess they liked Perry and Roberts (???) better

spqr2008's picture

plus, most schools are set up to take Out of State students over instate students, as the Out of state students have to pay more.  so it's usually a factor in the admissions process.

southbymidwest's picture

Lane swerve here but I gotta speak up. I am an OSU alum living in Nothern Virginia (DC suburbs). And, by the way, that counts for NOTHING if a son or daughter applies at OSU, as opposed to other public schools that weigh that. My daughter is an OOS student at OSU. Believe me, OSU Admissions personnel most definitely are familiar with quite a few out of state high schools, especially in the areas that they pull more kids from, like NoVA, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and NYC area, among others. The kids I know that went to OSU the same year that my daughter did scored well over the average SAT/ACT for incoming freshmen. OSU has an OOS population of about 12% or so I think. As a comparison, UVa has about 33-35% OOS. Parents here in VA are not happy about that either. It sucks, but public universities have to get the money somewhere- state legislatures have slashed higher education funding by a tremendous amount in the past couple of decades. It does sting to write that tuition check every quarter, but hey, it is OSU. I'm thrilled she is there.  OK, off my soapbox.

Do you think O'Brien at PSU will be able to assemble any staff to do recruiting/pacify recruits and their families soon, even if he can't? I just can't see the Athletic Department letting them slip thorugh their fingers without a fight.