Eubank talks NUC game performance

When quarterback Michael Eubank took to the field at the NUC All-World Gridiron Classic he wasn't looking to validate his reputation as one of the most overlooked prospects in the 2011 class. Nonetheless, the ASU QB didn't disappoint in this high school all-star game, as he led his team to victory and captured MVP honors with his performance.

In the practices leading up to game, the 6-5 220 Michael Eubank was drawing comparisons to this year's Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton not only in his stature but also with his dual threat abilities as a signal caller.

When asked about those comparisons Eubank was taken aback by those accolades, yet he was not short on confidence this past Friday in Charleston, S.C. The Arizona State pledge was a perfect 6-6 for 125 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 49 seconds left in the game, to give Team World a 20-17 victory over Team NUC.

"It was a great experience because I was playing with some of the best high school players in the country," Eubank said. "The practices and the game were at college-speed so I felt it really helped me to get used to the next level. I definitely came in with a good mindset because I felt that I had to play well in this game because of all the talent around me.

"I was playing with a group of guys who were heading in the same direction I was. It was a great experience playing with athletes who were at that level."

In his junior season at Corona (Calif.) Centennial Eubank completed 84 of 143 attempts for 1,123 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions and didn't command any serious recruiting attention prior to the 2010 campaign.

However, as a senior Eubank completed 165 of 245 passes for 2,831 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,329 yards and 19 TDs on 136 carries. His recruitment picked up steam the middle of the season and ASU was in fact his first BCS offer in late October.

Nearly two months later and less than 24 hours from the end of his high school career, Eubank verbaled to Arizona State. Nonetheless, this hasn't stopped other programs from continuing to pursue one of the best quarterbacks in the western region.

"Washington and Vanderbilt have been keeping in contact with me and recruiting me after I committed," Eubank commented. "But as of right now I'm excited to be a Sun Devils and I will be going to ASU."

The NUC All-World Gridiron Classic proved to Eubank that he belonged with some of the best prospects nationwide. Yet, he said that he doesn't feel any extra satisfaction following his performance by proving to schools that were dragging their feet on his recruitment that they were wrong in their evaluation of him.

"I really just went out there and played like I know I can play," Eubank stated. "I was just playing the game I love. That's what happens when I just go out there and play and have fun doing it."

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