Those looking to watch Gulliver wide receiver and UM commit Dionte Mullins play for the first and last time as a high school senior will need to look no further than the Under Armour All-America Game on Saturday.
Seven players from Miami-Dade and Broward counties are on the roster for the national all-star exhibition at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, which can be seen live at noon on ESPN2.
The All-America Game has featured a number of future stars such as A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Alshon Jeffery, Jadeveon Clowney, Amari Cooper and Jameis Winston — the ones shown on commercials promoting it.
The local players joining Mullins — the rest of which are from Broward County — who could one day end up on future ads are St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Nick Bosa and wide receiver Sam Bruce, Flanagan linebacker Devin Bush and receiver Dredrick Snelson, Hallandale receiver Josh Hammond and Deerfield Beach receiver Cavin Ridley.
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For Mullins, a four-star recruit, it’s an opportunity to showcase his talents on a national stage after sitting out his senior season with Gulliver because of academic ineligibility. He hasn’t played in a game since 7-on-7 tournaments in the summer and in pads since his junior year.
“I always wanted to be a part of this game, and now I have a chance,” Mullins said when he was presented his jersey for the game in October. “I’m going to be out on the field and do what I do best.
“My goal is to score three touchdowns in that game, 100-something yards. I just feel bad for whoever is covering me.”
Although Bosa is on the roster, he will not be in Orlando as he continues to rehabilitate following the knee injury that ended his senior season prematurely.
St. Thomas coach Roger Harriott, Gulliver coach Earl Sims and Miramar’s Pierre Senatus will coach at the game.
Several top recruits from around the country are slated to announce college commitments but none from South Florida and none who are announcing have any of the Florida schools in the running for their services.
Most of the South Florida participants have already wrapped up their recruitment. Bosa is committed to Ohio State, Bush to Michigan, Hammond to Florida, Snelson to Minnesota, Bruce and Mullins to Miami and Ridley remains undecided.
Also of local interest will be the play of another pair of Miami Hurricanes commits in Palmetto (not Miami Palmetto) quarterback Jack Allison and Vero Beach defensive end Patrick Bethel — both who are expected to enroll early at UM for the upcoming spring semester within the week.