Tag:2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:20 pm
 

2012 All-star game top performers


Posted by Bryan Fischer

The three major all-star games are over and the recruits are all on their way back home as they settle into a big three week stretch before Signing Day rolls around. As the last high school competitions of the 2011 season, the games also gave us a chance to see how players do against future FBS talent. Based on the performances during the Semper Fi game, Under Armour All-American game and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, here's a few standouts at each position.

QUARTERBACK

Jeff Lindquist, committed to Washington
Semper Fi game

The Huskies commits shined during all-star game week and Lindquist started things off by being the best QB in the Semper Fi game, tossing two touchdowns and keeping some plays alive with his feet when needed. He's got great pocket awareness and a strong arm, perfect fits in his future college system.

Cyler Miles, committed to Washington
Army All-American Bowl: 7-of-8, 155 yards, two total touchdowns

The co-MVP of the game, Miles was a savvy signal-caller who got the start for the West and was on point most of the game. He took some sacks but generally got the ball out quickly and was accurate in hitting his receivers. He throws a great deep ball and hit Dorial Green-Beckham for the play of the game on the longest touchdown pass in bowl history in the 2nd quarter.

Jameis Winston, committed to Florida State
Under Armour All-American game: 8-of-9, 178 yards and two touchdowns

The MVP, Winston is best described as a gamer. He wasn't perfect but used his legs to escape a collapsing pocket several times and nearly turned in some Michael Vick-esque plays. He was accurate in the passing game and delivered a beautiful deep ball to hit his target in stride for a 75-yard touchdown. If he sticks to football, the sky's the limit based on how good he is despite being raw.

RUNNING BACK

Mike Davis, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: six carries for 16 yards, two catches for 31 yards

Davis showed a great blend of speed and power and had the burst to get out of the hole and into daylight. He had a nice move that he bounced to the sideline for a 26 yard gain and was one of the few East offensive players who could get things going.

Randy 'Duke' Johnson, committed to Miami
Under Armour All-American game: nine carries for 50 yards, three catches for 18 yards, 161 all-purpose yards

It's pretty clear who the best back in the state of Florida is after Johnson put his moves on display for a national audience. His ability to weave in and out of tackles is remarkable and he's got the vision and moves to take advantage of even the smallest amount of space. His 83-yard kick return had him cutting across the field at least three times before being pushed out just short of the end zone. Johnson is clearly a threat to score every time he has the ball in his hands.

T.J. Yeldon, committed to Alabama
Army All-American Bowl: five carries for 16 yards, three catches for 39 yards

The Tide get another great back in Yeldon, who seemed to kick it in an extra gear whenever a defender came near him. He's got great athleticism and showed it off with a leaping try for the endzone that came up just short. He is an every down back with the way he can come out of the back field to catch passes or run between the tackles.

WIDE RECEIVER

Marvin Bracy, committed to Florida State
Under Armour All-American game: two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown

Need speed? Bracy has plenty of it and flaunted it by getting behind several defensive backs as a deep threat. His touchdown came on a 32 yard catch that was easily one of the highlights of the week as he twisted around to grab the ball and held on for the score.

Amari Cooper, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: two catches for 95 yards and a touchdown

Cooper produced a play to start off the game for the White with a 75-yarder from Winston that set the tone in the Under Armour game. He ended up snagging the ball in stride over a defender and was off to the races after that. His blend of good hands and speed make him one of the top players in the country and underrated by anybody who doesn't think he can make a big impact in Tuscaloosa.

D.J. Foster, undecided
Semper Fi game

Foster was a multipurpose tool during the game and played at receiver, running back and took some snaps as a wildcat quarterback. He's a solid guy who can take the ball downhill while using his speed and quickness in the open field.

Dorial Green-Beckham, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: two catches, 88 yards and a touchdown

Green-Beckham had a pair of drops but the one-handed, record-setting grab he had in the first half was enough to overcome them. The first thing that stands out is his size, dwarfing anybody but one or two offensive linemen, and speed (definite two-stepper) that are some of the reasons why he's the top player in the class of 2012. He's still raw but his physical tools are unmatched by any wide out.

Jaydon Mickens, undecided
Semper Fi game

Mickens caught a touchdown and was named the MVP after doing just about everything he could in the West's victory. He nearly had a touchdown pass but the ball went off the receiver's hands but had several nice catch-and-runs to make up for it. He's shifty in traffic and if he's in open space, good luck catching him.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Jonathan Bullard, committed to Florida
Army All-American Bowl: one sack, three tackles

Bullard surprised with his strength and size from the end spot and gave the tackles trouble all game long. He was able to apply a constant stream of pressure and played the run well - a rarity in some of these games. He committed to Florida during the game and should be someone who plays early given how ready he looks for college.

Jordan Jenkins, uncommitted
Under Armour All-American game: eight tackles, two for loss, two sacks

Jenkins was playing out of position at tackle but made an impact with his quickness to get by offensive linemen with ease. He moved outside for a play or two but the ability to handle the interior line like he did was just another sign of a great player.

Noah Spence, committed to Ohio State
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, four for a loss, three sacks

There's a reason he's the number one defensive end in the nation as he was quick off the snap, had the power and agility to pass rush and could play the run well. Spence filled the stat sheet and was in the backfield just about every play. With his size at the moment combined with polished pass rush moves, it won't be too long before every Big Ten quarterback knows his name and number.

Adolphus Washington, committed to Ohio State
Army All-American Bowl: two tackles, two sacks

Another great performance out of Washington is one reason why the Buckeyes' defensive line class looks absolutely frightening in 2012. He displayed a terrific first step and chased players down from the backside like a man on a mission. Though the West offensive line was pretty solid, Washington was a thorn in their side all game long.

Channing Ward, committed to Ole Miss
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, three for a loss, two sacks

Ward was unblockable and terrorized opposing quarterbacks all night long so much that the coaches need to take him out to give the other team a chance. He led the White team defense in every category and had even more pressure than what showed up in the box score. He looked an awful lot like DeMarcus Ware against some talented offensive linemen down in Tampa.

LINEBACKER

Joe Bolden, committed to Michigan
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, one for a loss

Bolden wasn't the most impressive linebacker at the even but he was extremely solid and among the most sound defensive players at the game. He racked up seven tackles and fit the gap well after recognizing run plays.

Reggie Ragland, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, half for a loss

The first thing that stands out is Ragland's size and ability to be just an absolute load coming downhill. He'll fit in well as an inside linebacker playing the run as I didn't see too much of him in coverage.

DEFENSIVE BACK

Landon Collins, committed to Alabama
Under Armour All-American game: four tackles, interception

Collins is one of the top players in the country and proved it against all-star competition. He can hit - delivering a touchdown-saving, loud hit at the goal line - and cover. He's instinctive and beyond all else hits another level once the bright lights come on.

De'Vante Harris, undecided
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles

Harris made waves after the game by decommitting from Oklahoma but that shouldn't overshadow his performance on the field. He was able to play wide receivers well and came up to tackle well when needed in run support. What really impressed were his instincts, knowing just when to come off his man and when to sink back.

Tracy Howard, undecided
Army All-American Bowl: one tackle

Howard is as close as it gets to being a shutdown corner for this class and opposing quarterbacks rarely looked his way during the game. What stands out about him is how fluid he is in coverage and the ability to play his man while reading the quarterback. He's savvy and understands the game better than most.

Marcus Maye, committed to Florida
Under Armour All-American game: seven tackles, fumble recovery

Normally a safety, Maye slid up and played linebacker in the game and impressed with how well he did in traffic. He was flying all around and used his speed to track down some speedy players. He was, naturally, solid in coverage and showed plenty of range that will serve him well at safety. He did a great job of turning his hips and changing directions quickly too.

Kendall Sanders, committed to Texas
Army All-American Bowl: two tackles, two interceptions

Sanders picked off two passes during the game and was roaming around like a ball-hawk that he could be. His position isn't set in college but based on the Army Bowl, cornerback or nickelback is a good start when he arrives in Austin. He turns his hips well and did a good job of sinking off his man into the throwing lane.

Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Semper Fi game

Shepard locked down his opposing receiver and was rarely tested by opposing quarterbacks all night. He's so lengthy that he can play the press coverage well or back off and roam a little to play ball-hawking corner. He turns his hips so well that he can change directions quicker than a receiver can sometimes.

Shaq Thompson, committed to Cal
Army All-American Bowl: five tackles, two for loss

Thompson was all over the field on Saturday and backed up his number five overall ranking with his play against some of the best in the country. His size stands out but he can run and was a hard hitter that you didn't want to go over the middle in front of. He led the West in tackles and was the enforcer in the secondary.

Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Several set for 2013 Army All-American roster

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl has wrapped up and attention is already turning to the next wave of top recruits who will venture to the Alamodome a year from now. The bowl announced the first 20 additions to the 2013 roster Saturday evening, featuring the top rising seniors from coast-to-coast.

Kenny Bigelow (Red Lion Christian; Bear, DE)
Max Browne (Skyline; Sammamish, WA)
Ryan Burns (Stone Bridge; Ashburn, VA)
Cameron Burrows (Trotwood-Madison; Trotwood, OH)
Su'a Cravens (Vista Murrieta; Vista Murrieta, CA)
Kendall Fuller (Our Lady of Good Counsel; Olney, MD)
Ahmad Fuller (Bishop Kenny; Jacksonville, FL)
Austin Golson (Prattville; Prattville, AL)
Derek Griffin (Terry; Rosenberg, TX)
Peter Kalambayi (Butler; Matthews, NC)
E.J. Levenberry (E.D. Hylton; Woodbridge, VA)
Daniel McMillian (First Coast; Jacksonville, FL)
Dorian O'Daniel (Our Lady of Good Counsel; Olney, MD)
Khalil Rodgers (Red Lion Christian; Bear, DE)
Garrett Sickels (Red Bank; Little Silver, NJ)
DeSean Smith (Barbe; Lake Charles, LA)
Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright; Whitewright, TX)
Laremy Tunsil (Columbia; Lake City, FL)
Nick Washington (Trinity Christian; Jacksonville, FL)
Eli Woodard (Eastern; Voorhees, NJ)

Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:12 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 1:04 pm
 

West takes Army All-American Bowl 24-12



Posted by Bryan Fischer


SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Plenty of the nation's top recruits defended upon the Alamodome for yet another U.S. Army All-American Bowl and once again they did not disappoint. The final of the three major high school football all-star games wrapped up a busy start to 2012 with a West victory over the East 24-12 before a record crowd of 39,011 that put college bowl games to shame with the amount of talent on the field and the number of people in the stands.

"It was a great week," said Westlake Village (Calif.) wide receiver Jordan Payton. "It's so great to be out here with (the Army), that's the best part. It's an honor to be playing with all these guys, I love them all. I feel like we've been playing forever. It's been the best week of my life and football career."

Payton did not end up with a reception during the game but was one of 14 players to put on a school hat and commit. In the four-star receiver's case, he was one of three players to verbally pledge to California on national television, giving the Golden Bears as big of a win Saturday afternoon as the West squad.

"I think this is going to be real big," Sacramento (Calif.) safety and Maxpreps' number five overall player Shaq Thompson said. "Our class, the 2012 class, is really going to change things."

The top defensive tackle in the country and number eight overall player in the class, Monrovia (Calif.) product Ellis McCarthy was the other commitment.

"I just really like Coach Tosh (Lupoi) ," McCarthy said on NBC. "I like the progam a lot and I've built a relationship with him and the team."

While there was plenty of attention paid to the recruiting story lines taking place behind the end zone, there were also several players who had no trouble finding the area for six points either. The West took the opening drive 44 yards in eight plays and was capped off with a four-yard quarterback keeper by Washington commit Cyler Miles for the game's first points.

The East squad answered right back on the next series, marching down the field in a 10-play, 77-yard drive that saw Norfolk (Va.) linebacker and Virginia commit Kwontie Moore flip over to fullback and take it in for a two-yard touchdown.

"There was some real talent here and it was an honor to be on the same field as them," East quarterback and LSU pledge Gunner Kiel said. "This was the best of the best."

The Columbus (Ind.) signal-caller finished the day 3-of-6 for 71 yards and one interception to lead his team in passing. Kiel was one of several quarterbacks under siege by the opposing defensive line and struggled to stay in the pocket to find time to throw. The number two overall prospect in the class of 2012, he was overshadowed in the game by the only other player above him in the rankings, Hillcrest (Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder had what wound up as the deciding touchdown late in the 2nd quarter, connecting with Miles on a 79-yard pass with a one-handed grab over future Clemson defensive back Travis Blanks before pulling away for the score. The play was the longest touchdown pass in the bowl's history.

"It was great, some of these guys will probably start wherever they go to school," Green-Beckham said. "I came out here to get ready for next year and try to be the best worker out here.

"It was a big adjustment speed-wise but I wanted to just come out here and keep competing."

Green-Beckham and Miles were named co-MVPs for the victorious West team but the record that will be in future Army Bowl programs was just as meaningful for the quarterback.

"That's a great honor," Miles said. "It's a great feeling, (Green-Beckham) has such a range. You can put it in a lot of places. 6-6, 225, you really can't miss with him."

East defensive back Yuri Wright, who is uncommitted but considering Notre Dame, Michigan and Rutgers among others, also covered Green-Beckham was equally impressed.

"Dorial Green-Beckham is a really good player," Wright said. "I'm not going to lie, he's really good."

Both teams finished about even in the yardage department (202 for the West, 198 for the East) but turnovers turned a close game into a rout. UCLA-bound corner Ishmael Adams had one interception while Texas pledge Kendall Sanders grabbed two to help shut down the East passing game.

With all-star games typically dominated by defensive lines that can force quarterbacks out of the pocket, the West stood up to the test better and was able to help protect Miles, 7-of-8, 155 yards and two total touchdowns, and buy him plenty of time to find his targets.

"The offensive line did great, I'm proud with those guys," he said. "That goes back to coaching during the week. We prepared great and we showed it. The o-line definitely performed today."

"You have to be ready for this, you knew you were going to play against all-stars from across the country and they play big time football," Uncommitted West offensive tackle Zach Banner said. "For you to come out here and not expect it, you're either cocky or you're stupid. I knew what these guys were going to bring and I think I raised my game."




Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:48 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Barry Sanders picks Stanford over Oklahoma State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- With a famous last name, Oklahoma City (Okla.) running back Barry J. Sanders knew there'd be a lot of pressure and interest in where he chose to go to school. There was his dad's alma mater and school down the road, Oklahoma State, of course but also an intriguing program out West that was drawing his attention.

Sanders ended the suspense on Saturday however and committed to Stanford at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I'm going to spend my next few years of college playing at the Farm," Sanders said. "I get a chance to play with the greatest student-athletes in the world. They've been improving each year and have a bright future."

The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder had also considered Alabama and Florida State among other schools but will try to forge his own path in Palo Alto. One of the top running backs in the country, it's clear the junior Sanders has plenty of his father, famous NFL running back Barry Sanders, in him and is a huge addition to the Cardinal's recruiting class.

"He shows remarkable balance, vision, and speed, plus the ability to break tackles," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Quick footed and agile, he shows inherited instincts and breakaway speed. He does a good job of pressing the line, and picking and sliding. As competitive and confident as they come, he can turn a game around with one play. Has the kind of speed and quickness to scare a defense to death."

The five-star back is ranked as the number two tailback in the country by MaxPreps and 15th overall in the class of 2012. Sanders rushed for 1,343 yards and scored 24 touchdowns this past season.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:42 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 8:02 pm
 

DE Jonathan Bullards commits to Florida

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Shelby (N.C.) defensive end Jonathan Bullard had Florida as his leader throughout most of his recruitment but had Clemson surge late to lead many to guess that would be where he'd wind up at in February. He made things public with an announcement Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and headed South.

"I will be attending the University of Florida," Bullard said. "QUOTE."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder also considered South Carolina but this pretty much came down to a two-school race for his services. Head coach Will Muschamp and staff are getting a good one in Bullard, who turned in a terrific senior season with 16 sacks and over 80 tackles.

"He shows the speed, strength, quickness, burst, and determination needed to become an impact DE at the next level," analyst Tom Lemming said. "This guy dominates from his DE position, has an exceptionally quick first step, and is as explosive as they come. A quick twitch athlete with a great motor, he's highly competitive and relentless when in pursuit. He is a pass rusher who will not stay blocked."

Bullard is rated as the 14th best defensive end and 124th overall in the class of 2012 by Maxpreps.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:31 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 8:00 pm
 

#5 safety Shaq Thompson commits to California

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Though he spoiled the surprise a little on his Twitter account, Sacramento (Calif.) safety Shaq Thompson took the national stage of the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl to publicly announce that he had committed to long-time leader California.

"I'm going to go the University of California," Thompson said. "(The other recruits and I) always felt real comfortable there and are going to change the game."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thompson also excelled on the field at running back but will be roaming the Bears secondary much like his older brother, Syd'Quan Thompson, did a few years ago. The highest ranked safety in the West, the younger Thompson also considered Washington, Notre Dame and USC.

"He is smart, quick, fast, hard working, and an incredible athlete," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows the burst and pure speed to cut in front of a receiver and make the tough interception. Quick to diagnose, he can jump routes and has been blessed with exceptional ball skills."

The five-star and number five overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps, Thompson had 57 tackles on defense and rushed for 1,135 yards and 15 touchdowns.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:25 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Notre Dame grabs commitment from Elijah Shumate

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Notre Dame had taken some hits to their recruiting class with several targets committing elsewhere but added a big verbal on Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl with Ramsey (N.J.) safety Elijah Shumate.

"I'm going to be playing at the University Notre Dame," Ramsey said. "I felt it was the best fit for me."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was also looking at in-state school Rutgers and, in warming climates, South Carolina. Shumate is one of the top players on powerhouse Don Bosco Prep and will look to continue a stellar career in South Bend.

"He shows brilliant speed, instincts, determination, and an aggressive style of play. A hard hitter, he shows very good closing speed.," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He hits like a linebacker but shows the coverage skills of a lockdown corner. He covers a lot of ground and rarely takes a missed step but when he does, he shows very good recovery speed."

Shumate is rated as the seventh-best safety by Maxpreps and is 136th overall in the class of 2012.



Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:15 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:56 pm
 

McCarthy commits to Cal but recruitment not over

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Throughout the process, Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy had pretty much been tied to staying in the state but which school it would be remained a mystery. The top 10 recruit finally made a public announcement to California on Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl but even then, things might not end up that way on Signing Day.

"I just really like Coach Tosh (Lupoi) ," McCarthy said on NBC. "I like the progam a lot and I've built a relationship with him and the team."

The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder had USC as his leader throughout much of his recruitment but Cal made a late push, with commits like Shaq Thompson and Jordan Payton leaning on McCarthy to commit during Bowl practices earlier in the week. While the Trojans are unlikely to stop pursuing him until the end, he is a great pickup for the moment for the Bears.

"He has come out of nowhere to become one of the most recruited defensive players in the nation," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Film shows him dominating at both the end and tackle positions."

The five-star is the top defensive tackle and eighth overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps. McCarthy racked up 55 tackles and nine sacks despite missing three games because of injury during his senior year.


 
 
 
 
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