SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Things to keep an eye on at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.
Notre Dame commit Jaylon Smith is the highest-rated recruit playing in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl according to the 247Composite, checking in at No. 2 overall.
Five star feel… Three of the top five players in the country are participating in this week’s U.S. Army All-America Bowl in the Notre Dame linebacker commit Jaylon Smith, uncommitted offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and USC quarterback commit Max Browne, who check in at 2-4 in the 247Composite rankings.
Besides those three, there are another 10 247Composite five stars in San Antonio.
Joining Smith and Browne on the West squad are future Trojans, safety Su’a Cravens, defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Texas A&M pledges Ricky Seals-Jones and Derrick Griffin, Alabama athlete Derrick Henry, Virginia Tech cornerback verbal Kendall Fuller, Texas two-way lineman commit A’Shawn Robinson and uncommitted prospects in defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and cornerback Mackensie Alexander.
Not listed as an industry-generated 247Composite, but a five-star according to 247Sports is Alabama defensive end commit Jonathan Allen.
Tale of the tape… USC has 15 commits in 2013, ranking No. 2 nationally. Thirteen of those pledges are in the Alamo City.
The Trojans have the most commits on both teams with nine playing for the West. Joining Browne and Cravens on the West are running back Justin Davis, receiver Steven Mitchell, offensive lineman Nico Falah, defensive linemen Kylie Fitts and Torrodney Prevot, linebacker Michael Hutchings and cornerback Chris Hawkins. Teaming up with Bigelow and Ramsey on the East are offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers and defensive lineman Jason Hatcher.
Texas and Notre Dame have the second most commits playing with seven. All seven Longhorn pledges are suiting up for the West and the Irish have four playing for the West.
LSU, Ohio State and Texas A&M each have five verbals participating this weekend.
Derrick Henry is high school football's all-time leading rusher but some think the Crimson Tide commit would be better suited as an h-back or linebacker.
For a breakdown of the East roster, click here.
For a breakdown of the West roster, click here.
Who Are These Three… Is Derrick Henry a running back a la Brandon Jacobs? Is he a tight end like Vernon Davis? Could the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Henry be the next Terrell Suggs? What we do know is he is arguably the top athlete in this recruiting class and the most prolific running back to every play high school football if you’re going by the record book. Henry will play running back this week and will have a chance to prove some of the doubters wrong that he would in fact be better running out of the backfield than lining up at an h-back or linebacker position.
Is Tyrone Swoopes a quarterback or an athlete? The Texas commit struggled in camp settings throwing the football during the summer, but in pads when you add the element of running the football, that changes the whole dynamic with Swoopes under center. Will he make plays this week?
Another Longhorns pledge A’Shawn Robinson is the nation’s No. 2 offensive tackle according to the 247Composite, but wants first crack at defensive line where he’ll play this week.
Ohio State Class To Grow… The Buckeyes have the nation’s No. 3 class and it could get better on Saturday when a couple prospects announce their decisions on national TV. Ohio State is considered the leader for Top100 linebacker Mike Mitchell and are in the thick of it for touted receiver James Quick.
Big Names Not Expected To Announce This Weekend… Running back Derrick Green who is considering Auburn, Michigan, Florida State, Tennessee, Miami, Oregon and Ole Miss. …Receiver Tyler Boyd, who has Pittsburgh out in front of Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Tennessee and West Virginia. …Former USC commit Eddie Vanderdoes is still considering the Trojans along with UCLA, Notre Dame and Washington. …Safety Tahaan Goodman favors USC over UCLA, LSU and Washington. ...Cornerback Mackensie Alexander who has Clemson out in front of Texas A&M, Auburn and Mississippi State.