It was an opportunity to see how tomorrow's college football stars will look against higher-level competition, but the Pennsylvania squad just wasn't able to tread water. Ohio, lead by Cincinnati recruit Akise Teague, won the game in a 50-14 blow-out.
The Big 33 Football Classic is an annual All Star game, pitting the best high school football graduating players from Pennsylvania against their counterparts from Ohio. It has been a tradition since 1957, and the game's alumni have gone on to illustrious college and professional careers. There has never been a Super Bowl that didn't have at least one Big 33 alumnus on the field.
This was the third-straight win for Ohio in the series, and it's 12th out of 24 appearances in the game which had previously matched Pennsylvania's best with Texas and Maryland as well.
Villanova recruits, Jamal Abdur-Rahman (RB), Morgan Craig (TE), and Corey Majors (LB), who will attend prep-school this fall, all participated in the game.
Jamal Abdur-Rahman played defensive back and returned kicks for Pennsylvania, and had a reasonably-productive night given the circumstances. He tipped two balls and recorded five tackles at cornerback and returned four kickoffs for 82 yards. He picked Villanova over the University of Maryland.
Corey Majors recorded two tackles at linebacker for the Keystone State, and while his National Letter of Intent will not bind him to play for the Wildcats after his stint at Worchester Academy he hopes he will still end up on the Main Line. He initially gave Villanova his verbal commitment over scholarship offers from Temple and Pittsburgh.