Whelp, that could have gone better.
Syracuse Orange commit Tommy DeVito delivered a mixed performance in the Under Armour All-America on Sunday, as Devito’s Team Highlight fell to Team Armour 24-21.
Devito and Texas A&M commit Kellen Mond rotated at quarterback for Team Highlight, with Mond far outplaying his Don Bosco Prep counterpart. While each quarterback received five possessions of work, Team Highlight scored all 21 of its points with Mond in at quarterback and was shut out with DeVito behind center.
While DeVito looked impressive in practice, he failed to get into any kind of rhythm on Sunday, never establishing a rapport with his receivers. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound pro-style quarterback completed just 3-of-12 passes for 15 yards in the first half, and failed to fare much better after the break.
Although DeVito was hurt by a couple of drops by his receivers – there were at least three – he also missed on a number of deep balls, including a badly overthrown ball to his running back on a wheel route at the end of the first half and a near interception on a fourth down pass to a streaking wide receiver midway through the fourth quarter.
That is not to say there weren’t any positives from DeVito’s performance. DeVito’s passes certainly looked crisp and had plenty of zip on them, furthering ESPN college football analyst Tom Luginbil’s previous assessment that the ball “jumps off his hand, literally, like an aluminum bat hitting a softball.”
DeVito is rated four stars by ESPN and three stars by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. DeVito said he previously hoped to enroll at Syracuse early, but revealed two weeks ago he will not be able to.
In all fairness to DeVito, it is difficult as a quarterback to excel and be on the same page with your receivers when you have only been practicing with them for a week. Hopefully, the Syracuse commit can shake off the mixed performance and move on.