Tag:Army All-American Bowl
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:10 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:53 pm
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Anthony Alford picks Southern Miss at Army Bowl

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- One of the more intriguing prospects at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl was Petal (Miss.) quarterback Anthony Alford. A multi-sport athlete, he showed off his arm and his athleticism Saturday afternoon at the Alamodome before committing to Southern Miss during a break in the action on national television.

"I'm going to stay home close to my family and go to Southern Mississippi," Alford said.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound signal-caller is also a standout baseball player and considered other in-state schools Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He's a great pick up for new head coach Ellis Johnson and could provide an option right away for the offense.

"If he sticks with football he certainly shows the ability to become an All-American at the college level," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Shows a super strong arm, can make every throw, has knowledge of the game, is a leader both on and off the field, and combines strength, explosive moves, great vision, and tremendous instincts. Over the past year he turned from just being a great athlete into a premier QB."

The four-star is the fifth-best dual-threat quarterback and is ranked as the 84th overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps. Alford passed for 2,058 yards and rushed for 1,731 while scoring 44 touchdowns during his senior season.




Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:02 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:50 pm
 

Kevon Seymour stays local, commits to USC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Pasadena (Calif.) cornerback Kevon Seymour had looked at just about every Pac-12 school but ended up staying close to home and committing to powerhouse USC on Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"The next four years I'm going to be attending the University of Southern California," Seymour said.

The 6-foot, 180-pounder had USC as his leader late in the process but also was strongly considering UCLA and Washington among others. With the Trojans limited to just 15 scholarships the next three years, the coaching staff gets someone who can play early and play often during his career in Los Angeles.

"He shows good height, quick feet, long arms, and even quicker hands," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows good recovery speed, can flip his hips, and is tall enough to keep tall receivers honest. He reads routes well, rarely gets fooled, and is smooth in transition."

Seymour had five interceptions and 46 tackles during his senior season at Muir High. Maxpreps ranks him as the 16th-best cornerback in the country.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:46 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Tyriq McCord picks Miami, will still take visits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Tampa (Fla.) defensive end Tyriq McCord has been torn between leaving the state of Florida or staying close to home. Though there's still several weeks until Signing Day and he's planning on taking other official visits, McCord made a public announcement Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and committed to Miami.

"I'm going to take my talents to South Beach," McCord said. "Coach (Al) Golden has that program pointed in the right direction and I want to be part of it.."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound end's recruitment is not over. He was heavily pursed by Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and has said that if distance wasn't a factor, he'd be committing to USC. He plans to take an official visit to see the Trojans later this month and that's one reason why you can list McCord as a soft verbal but, for now, a terrific pickup for the Hurricanes' class.

"He attacks the pocket, uses his long arms to effectively shed blocks and get to the ball, and is very athletic with outstanding quickness and surprising leverage," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Needs to add weight and strength and when he does, look out."

The five-star had 11.5 sacks during his senior season and added one more in the 1st half of the Army Bowl.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:26 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:21 pm
 

Jordan Diggs heads up to South Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Cape Coral  (Fla.) defensive back Jordan Diggs was keeping people guessing until the end but made his commitment public at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on national television by selecting South Carolina.

"All of these are really great schools and great fits for me," Diggs said. "But Gamecock Nation, here I come."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder can play just about every skill position on the field but likely goes to South Carolina as a safety. Diggs also considered Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Miami.

A four-star prospect, he is rated by Maxpreps as the 131st overall player in the class of 2012.



Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:13 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Jordan Payton commits to California

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Westlake Village (Calif.) wide receiver Jordan Payton let it out via his Twitter account on Friday but put on the California hat at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl to publicly announce that he had committed to the Bears.

"I'll be going, for the next four years, to the University of California," Payton said. "I just felt most comfortable at Cal, I love everything about the school and the coaches."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was USC's first commitment for the class of 2012 but opened things back up during the summer. He also considered Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA among other schools.

"He can stretch the field, shows sure hands, excellent speed, size and leaping ability," analyst Tom Lemming said. "An athletic WR who can get in and out of his cuts quickly, runs precise routes, has the agility to change directions quickly, and has the burst and speed to get separation on the fastest of defenders. A go-to guy with the ability to become an impact offensive player in college."

The four-star is the number seven wide receiver and 81st overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps, Payton had 61 catches for 769 yards and 10 touchdowns and played safety and grabbed 40 tackles and two interceptions.



Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:58 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Keith Brown settles on Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- It was a long and winding commitment for Miami (Fla.) linebacker Keith Brown. Committed to Miami for several months, he flipped to Illinois after an official visit only to see head coach Ron Zook fired weeks afterward. Brown made yet another change Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and hopes this one sticks.

"I'm going to take my talents to Louisville," Brown said.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder held offers from several other top programs but ends up as a great addition to Charlie Strong's class that is already young and shared the Big East title in 2011.

"He makes plays from sideline to sideline, is excellent in coverage, rarely gets caught up in traffic, plays the game on his feet, and is known for his hard hitting style of play," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He shows good ball skills, is as durable as they come, and can effectively plug the gap and shut off the inside run."

Brown had 124 tackles, two sacks and a touchdown as he led Norland High's defense to an undefeated year and state championship. Maxpreps ranks him as the 15th-best outside linebacker in the class of 2012. Fellow Army player Nick Dawson committed to the Cardinals earlier in the afternoon.


Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:45 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Top 10 linebacker Nick Dawson picks Louisville

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Charlotte (N.C.) linebacker Nick Dawson is one of the top players on the East Coast but will be playing college football a little more in the middle of the country, announcing Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he was committing to Louisville.

"I'm going to go back home to my home state," Dawson said. "I just wanted to pick my school and where is going to be the best fit for me. It's not where you play and it's how you progress and I'm going to take my talents to Louisville."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is a huge pickup for head coach Charlie Strong and indicative of how far he has elevated the program. Dawson can play either inside or outside but is ranked by Maxpreps as the 10th best outside linebacker in the class of 2012.

"He's a sideline to sideline type of backer, shows good speed, instincts, and the ability to read QB's," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Film shows him dominating at both the end and tackle positions."

Dawson selected Louisville over Clemson and N.C. State.



Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:28 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Texas linebacker Brian Nance commits to Baylor

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- As usual, there were plenty of Texas players looking to make an impact at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Euless (Texas) linebacker Brian Nance was one of the few to make a commitment however.

"I will attending Baylor University," Nance said.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is one of several of his high school teammates who are headed to an FBS program in the fall and also considered Arkansas and UCLA. Nance suffered a knee injury that sidelined him for half of his senior year but racked up 160 tackles as a junior.

"(Nance) never takes a play off and impresses you with his desire and makeup," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He flies to the ball and is a physical ball player who can dominate the point of attack, and he's quick, tough, and aggressive with a relentless style of play. He's exceptional in pursuit and a sure tackler who can break down in space and make plays."

The four-star is the 14th outside linebacker and 134th overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps.


 
 
 
 
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