He could have been playing in one of the "big-time" all-star games, but Orlando Evans linebacker Ro'Derrick Hoskins was in the right place at the right time Sunday night at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Houston.
Hoskins, who was a late selection for the Under Armour All-American Game but had already committed to the O-D Bowl, made perhaps the play of the game at Reliant Stadium on Sunday night with a big interception in the middle of the fourth quarter.
He nearly even returned the pick for six. Hoskins' National team would punch it in with running back Caleb Blanchard of Denham Springs, Ark., scoring from the two-yard line to take a 20-7 lead in the contest.
Hoskins National team and Orland Evans teammate WR Dominic Walker scored a 65-yard touchdown in the first half shortly after announcing his commitment to Nebraska, as the pair made a nice Orlando representation at the Houston event. The National squad won 20-9.
Hoskins intially even considered playing in both bowl the Under Armour and the O-D games, but it wasn't in the cards.
As all-American football all-star games go, there are the marquee events, and then the others. Every top-notch high school player yearns to be selected for either the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg or the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
The way Hoskins saw it early this fall when he was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Houston, he was just happy to be picked.
But late in November, as the Under Armour officials began putting together rosters for the Jan. 4 game at Tropicana Field, more spots opened and Hoskins received a phone call.
At first, Hoskins committed right away to playing in the Under Armour event, but with the O-D Bowl being played on the same day that players were supposed to report for the Under Armour game, a conflict ensued.
Hoskins had already signed up for the O-D Game and would have had to pay back the money spent for airline tickets purchased in his name if he were to opt out of the Houston event. Playing in both games was also out of the question, as Under Armour officials did not want to risk a spot going unfilled if Hoskins somehow could not play due to an injury or conflict in returning from Houston.
So Hoskins stuck with his O-D Bowl commitment.
"Just to be picked as an all-American is a great thing," Hoskins said earlier this month. "There are a lot of people who don't get that chance."
After the way he played inthe O-D Bowl, Hoskins isn't likely regretting his original commitment. The Florida State-bound senior also had a pair of solo tackles in the first quarter, with the first tackle stopping a fourth-down play that forced the American sqaud to turn the ball over on downs on the second series of the game.
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