Oxford’s Elston, Flint enjoy all-star experience
by From staff reports
Jan 06, 2012 | 3874 views |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — Oxford’s Michael Flint and Trae Elston wound up on the business end of the Black Team’s 49-10 loss in the fifth annual Under Armour All-America game at Tropicana Field Thursday night.

However, the loss didn’t put a damper on the experience, which was comparable to a college bowl game.

“It was a great experience,” said Flint, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman. “You’re here against the top talent in the country and then to be coached by guys with NFL experience. It was a lot of fun.”

Neither Flint nor Elston were among those who announced their college intentions during the game, which was broadcasted on ESPN.

Both will likely land out of state.

Flint, originally an Auburn commit before reopening his recruitment, said he’s considering Iowa, Nebraska, Wake Forrest and Missouri.

Elston, who played on both sides of the ball throughout his career, had a solid showing with five tackles, including four solo stops.

“I feel pretty good,” Elston said of his performance. “With these receivers you’ve just got to adjust. I just wanted to play football. A lot of people say that I’m small. So, I’m trying to make up for my size.”

Elston referred to his recruitment as open and listed Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma State and California as schools he’s still considering.

Oxford’s Kwon Alexander, rated as the nation’s top outside linebacker by ESPN prior to the start of the season, was on-hand for the game but did not play. He’ still recovering from a torn ACL sustained back in Week 4.

Quarterback Jameis Winston was 8 of 9 for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

Winston, who has committed to Florida State and was named the game’s MVP, threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper in the first quarter and a 16-yard score to Shaq Roland in the third.

Cooper, an Alabama commitment, added a 93-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.

Cornerback Brian Poole had a 93-yard interception return in the second quarter for the White Team and running back Randy Johnson had a 71-yard kick return that led to a Black Team touchdown in the third quarter.

Channing Ward, who committed to Mississippi 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 Black.

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