Adrian Martinez

Clovis West quarterback Adrian Martinez (center) scrambles against Clovis High in during the 2016 season in Clovis, Calif.


Adrian Martinez shook off some rust and led a touchdown drive Thursday evening in the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando, Florida.

A potential future Nebraska teammate, though, stole the show.

Martinez, the Husker quarterback signee, had his first two drives go three-and-out – he was pressured multiple times on each trip – before finding success in his third trip.

He completed a short pass on fourth-and-2 around midfield, scampered for 17 on a designed draw and then threw a 14-yard touchdown on a screen pass.

Running back Maurice Washington, meanwhile, burst onto the scene. Playing on the opposite team as Martinez, Washington, who reportedly will use an official visit to Nebraska in January, scored all three touchdowns for Team Highlight in a 23-21 victory.

He opened with a 21-yard scoring run, added a touchdown reception up the right sideline and then plunged in on a short run after opening the second half with a 65-yard kick return.

Washington, a three-star prospect from Trinity Christian High in Cedar Hills, Texas, said in a sideline interview with ESPN’s Matt Schick that he thought he was the most unheralded prospect at the game and that his recruitment had been a real struggle.

“I’m really under the radar,” Washington said. Schick responded, “Not anymore,” and Washington smiled and said, “I hope not.”

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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