By The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — “Sweet Home Alabama” was the theme of the night at the Under Armour All-America Game as several future members of the Crimson Tide starred for Team Blur in a 49-16 victory over Team Highlight on Thursday night.
Wide receiver Amari Cooper scored two touchdowns — a 75-yard reception from quarterback Jameis Winston in the first quarter and a 93-yard punt return in the third. Defensive back Cyrus Jones, who committed to Alabama during the game, added a score on a 40-yard interception return.
Alabama’s night continued to get better as the nation’s top-rated safety Landon Collins chose the Crimson Tide over LSU. The New Orleans-area prospect raised the ire of his mother, who was sitting next to him and clearly preferred the Tigers.
There were several other big performances, including Winston, who was 8 of 9 for 178 yards and two touchdowns and was named the game’s MVP.
Cornerback Brian Poole had a 93-yard interception return in the second quarter for Team Blur and running back Randy Johnson had a 71-yard kick return that led to a Team Highlight touchdown in the third quarter.
Marvin Bracy, a Florida State commitment, made a beautiful one-handed touchdown catch of a pass from Zach Kline in the first half to give Blur a 13-3 lead. Tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and wide receiver Devonte Neal scored the touchdowns for Team Highlight.
Johnson led all rushers with 50 yards on nine carries and Trey Griffey, son of Ken Griffey Jr., had two catches for 31 yards for Team Blur.
Channing Ward, who committed to Ole Miss during the game, recorded two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Noah Spence, an Ohio State commitment, had three sacks and four tackles for loss for Team Highlight.
Others who committed at the game were running back Wes Brown (Maryland) and defensive back Lucas Thompson (East Carolina).