Army All-American Bowl breakdown
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place Jan. 8 in San Antonio, Texas, and will feature some of the best high school football players in the nation.
Here's a look at the players currently listed on the game rosters.
Nebraska commit Bubba Starling (Gardner, Kan./Gardner Edgerton) leads the way at quarterback. The No. 112 player in the ESPNU 150, Starling a very good athlete and mainly a running quarterback, but he does have the strong arm to develop as a passer. Teddy Bridgewater (Miami, Fla./Miami Northwestern) is an ultra-athletic dual threat who can make plays with his arm and legs and shows good accuracy, while Cody Kessler (Bakersfield, Calif./Centennial) will bring his quick release, good decision-making and ability to throw on the run to USC in the fall. Finally, future Oklahoma State Cowboy J.W. Walsh (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer) has a quick delivery, good poise and feel for the pocket, and shows competitiveness and confidence.
All four of the running backs in this game rank in the top 80 among ESPNU 150 prospects, beginning with No. 7 overall Malcolm Brown (Cibolo, Texas/Byron M. Steele). A Texas commit, Brown has a great size-speed ratio and is a bruising downhill runner who hits the hole hard. No. 10 overall prospect Aaron Green (San Antonio, Texas/James Madison) is headed to Nebraska with his great feet, vision and natural running skills, while Florida pledge No. 69 Mike Blakely (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) is well-built and elusive with good quickness and deceptive strength. Rounding out the group is the No. 78 overall prospect, Kenny Hilliard (Patterson, La./Patterson), a big back who can wear defenses down, has good feet and agility, and is on his way to LSU.
Charone Peake (Roebuck, S.C./Dorman), the No. 1 receiver in the ESPNU 150, is tall and smooth, runs good routes and shows excellent hands. Peake is headed to Clemson along with Sammy Watkins (Fort Myers, Fla./South Fort Myers), who has quick feet, good awareness and enough speed to threaten defenses deep. George Farmer (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) ranks 13th overall and can also stretch the field, and he has the athleticism to create after the catch. Tennessee commit DeAnthony Arnett (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw) is a flat-out playmaker with tremendous speed, quickness and ball skills, while future USC Trojan Victor Blackwell (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) has size, open-field ability and upside. Trey Metoyer (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse) is on his way to Oklahoma thanks to size, speed and reliable hands, which are also the reasons Washington was glad to bring in Kasen Williams (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline). Then you have the smooth, fluid Tobias Singleton (Madison, Miss./Central), a good physical presence after the catch in Danny Woodson (Mobile, Ala./LeFlore Magnet), and the savvy, instinctive Jaxon Shipley (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood)
Good blocking is something Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor) and Nick O'Leary have in common. Seferian-Jenkins, who ranks 109th overall, has impressive size and will offer a big target in the passing game for the Washington Huskies. O'Leary is No. 16 overall and a versatile player who also runs good routes and has soft hands.
There is plenty of size and athleticism to go around in the offensive line group, starting with OTs Matthew Hegarty (Aztec, N.M./Aztec) and Antonio Richardson (Nashville, Tenn./Pearl-Cohn). Both rank in the top 35 overall, with Notre Dame commit Hegarty showing strength in all areas and a willingness to work to dominate opponents, and Richardson bringing good explosiveness and the feet to play well in space. Fellow OT Zach DeBell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./Tarpon Springs) also shows good agility and balance, while North Carolina commit Landon Turner (Harrisonburg, Va./Harrisonburg) has a quick first step and nimble feet in pass protection. There is no shortage of brawn, either. Tyler Moore (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside), Brandon Shell (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek), Donovan Smith (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills), Aundrey Walker (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) and Garrett Greenlea (Klein, Texas/Klein) are all strong run-blockers with the strength to get movement up front. Good feet and hands are the calling cards of Tyler Johnstone (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), while Ryker Mathews (American Fork, Utah/American Fork) is a good run-blocker with the tools to develop in pass pro and Greg Robinson (Thibodaux, La./Thibodaux) brings good feet, balance and flexibility to the table.
On the interior, OG Sedrick Flowers (Houston, Texas/North Shore) is a Texas commit and has impressive strength, feet and athleticism. OG Jordan Rigsbee (Chico, Calif./Pleasant Valley) is a dominant run-blocker, C Ethan Hutson (Destrehan, La./Destrehan) has a nasty attitude to go with balance and agility, and C Brian Bobek (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd) displays great technique and strength as a run-blocker. Finally, Texas Tech commit C Tony Morales (Arlington, Texas/Sam Houston) is strong, balanced and agile.
Kickers don't get a lot of attention but Miller Snyder (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), Ben Pruitt (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) and Matt Wile (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker) all had solid seasons and are worth keeping an eye on.
The defensive end class is full of top-tier prospects. Ray Drew (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central) is ESPNU's No. 3 overall prospect and the complete package of quickness, strength, athleticism and good technique. No. 19 DE Jeoffrey Pagan (Asheville, N.C./Asheville) is active and physical with good size, while No. 29 overall prospect Ishaq Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln) is lean but physical and can play off blocks. Stephon Tuitt (Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area) moves well for his size and has speed and range, No. 51 Aaron Lynch (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast) possesses raw strength and a lot of upside, and Jason Gibson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) is a 'tweener DE/OLB who has a quick first step and is a strong tackler. DE Jermauria Rasco (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian Academy) can be stout and disruptive and has good tools, Brennan Scarlett (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) flashes straight-line speed and upside as a pass-rusher, and Sterling Bailey (Gainesville, Ga./East Hall) is also speedy with good tackling skills.
On the inside, Tim Jernigan (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) ranks 32nd overall and is a forceful presence who can penetrate and pursue. Viliami Moala (Sacramento, Calif./Grant) also plays physical and shows a good motor, and Michael Bennett (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) is quick off the ball and can disrupt in the offensive backfield. Delvon Simmons (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) and DT Quincy Russell (San Antonio, Texas/Sam Houston) also have quickness, with Simmons able to get under blockers and Russell showing toughness at the point of attack. Oklahoma pledge Marquis Anderson (Cibolo, Texas/Bryon M. Steele) is a strong and physical kid and can take on blocks and be productive, and Todd Peat Jr. (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) rounds out the group with a tough, disruptive game.
The linebackers feature plenty of big names and players headed to top programs. ESPNU No. 9 prospect OLB Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla./Pedro Menendez) is a dominant, big-play guy with athleticism and speed, ILB Curtis Grant (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) ranks 45th overall and is aggressive and tough with fluidity in space, and OLB Lateek Townsend (Bennettsville, S.C./Marlboro County) can use his explosiveness to pressure the pocket with speed off the edge. Alabama will be getting the services of OLB Brent Calloway, a tough and aggressive player who pursues well and doesn't take plays off, while Wisconsin commit OLB Jake Keefer (Baldwin, Wis./Baldwin-Woodville) is strong in pass coverage with good hands.
Both OLB Steve Edmond (Daingerfield, Texas/Daingerfield) and OLB Kendall Thompson (Carthage, Texas/Carthage) are headed to Texas, with Edmond bringing speed to make plays all over the field and Thompson the smarts and instincts to be productive against the pass. Mississippi State commit ILB C.J. Johnson (Philadelphia, Miss./Philadelphia) pursues the ball relentlessly and is capable of game-changing plays, and OLB Anthony Sarao (Absecon, N.J./Holy Spirit) is on his way to Stanford thanks to athleticism and good lateral movement. Finally, ILB Lamar Dawson (Danville, Ky./Boyle County) is an athletic and explosive run-stopper and OLB Tre Madden (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) is a USC commit who is tough and has a terrific nose for the ball.
Charles Jackson (Klein, Texas/Klein Collins), ESPNU No. 108 overall, leads the cornerbacks with his competitiveness and great natural awareness, and he could be the next standout corner at Nebraska. Tevin Mitchel (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield Legacy) will join Jackson in Lincoln and is a productive zone defender with good range, underneath closing speed and physicality. Blake Countess (Baltimore, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) has natural cover skills and is well-rounded and consistent, while Auburn commit Jonathan Rose (Leeds, Ala./Leeds) is versatile, explosive and delivers big hits. Stefan McClure (Vista, Calif./Vista) is also athletic and well-rounded and his intangibles are impressive.
The safety group is stacked with players who are solid in run support. Gerrod Holliman (Miami, Fla./Miami Southridge) is No. 47 overall in the ESPNU rankings with his natural instincts and stoutness against the run, No. 68 Wayne Lyons (Oakland Park, Fla./Dillard) is hard-hitting and physical, and Georgia commit Corey Moore (Griffin, Ga./Griffin) is not flashy but plays with an old-school flavor. James Sample (Sacramento, Calif./Grant) plays downhill, too, but he is also a vertical defender with good range and closing burst. Avery Walls (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian) ranks 63rd overall, can cover the entire field and reads the quarterback accurately, while Kentucky commit Glen Faulkner (East Saint Louis, Ill./East Saint Louis Sr.) has a ton of natural ability and upside.
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