The 2013 Under Armour All-America game is not until Friday Jan. 4, but the players are ascending into Orlando this weekend. The Mountain West rarely has players in these games, but there are a pair of verbal commitments taking part in this game.
Fresno State commit quarterback Zack Greenlee was a late add to the game, but regardless he will get his chance to give some publicity to the Bulldogs. Greenlee will get a chance to show in live game competition that he is as good as the other quarterbacks on the roster. His rise came from doing so well in the ESPN Elite 11 camps earlier this summer, but some have been skeptical.
The other is Hawai'i verbal commit is defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii, and no surprise that he hails from the islands. Traveling all the way from Hawai'i to Florida will be a challenge for Tulimasealii to get adjusted to the time change.
Both Tulimasealii and Greenlee are on the same Black Highlight roster.
Under Armour All-America Game practice sessions will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports starting on New Years Eve:
Monday, Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET;
Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET; and
Thursday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET.
These practices will also be televised on Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU and then again on Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 3 - 6 p.m. ET also on ESPNU.
Practices are more important than the actual game since the players get more action and are coached during those sessions. So, it is a time where they can see how these top recruits stand against the best in the country.
Staty tuned as we follow the two Mountain West recruits go through this process.