2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl notebook
The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl took place on Saturday in San Antonio, as the West team claimed a 39-36 win, holding off the East squad's ferocious 27-point fourth quarter comeback attempt, which included a pair of touchdowns from Duke commit TJ Rahming, a long scoring grab from Clemson commit Deon Cain (a top receiver nationally who also threw a 54-yard touchdown pass) and an 88-yard kick return touchdown from Florida State commit Tarvarus McFadden, who also had a fourth-quarter interception.
College football fans had the chance to see some of the best high school players in the country during the game, and a good number of them made verbal pledges to schools ahead of February's National Signing Day.
Let's take a look at some of the highlights from the showcase event at the Alamodome.
— LSU running back commit Derrius Guice was named the game's MVP after recording a game-record 153 receiving yards on just two catches, including a pair of long touchdowns in the second quarter for the West squad. He could make an immediate impact next season in Baton Rouge for an offense that needs to improve on this past season's performance.
— The West team recorded big plays in the first half that helped it jump out to a huge lead, including a 92-yard pass from Oregon commit Travis Waller to Guice, a Pick-Six from linebacker Porter Gustin (uncommitted) and a Pick-Six from Duke commit Ben Humphreys, who returned an interception for a touchdown and also forced and recovered a fumble. The play of Humphreys and Rahming really have to get Blue Devils fans excited.
— Oddly enough, West kicker Kevin Robledo does not have an FBS scholarship offer.
— A look at how the quarterbacks fared for both squads:
* East: Ohio State commit Torrance Gibson went 5 of 8 for 47 yards; USC commit Sam Darnold went 6 of 7 for 89 yards and 1 TD against 1 INT; Missouri commit Drew Lock went 2 of 5 for 59 yards and 1 TD against 1 INT.
* West: Arizona State commit Brady White went 6 of 8 for 70 yards and 1 TD; USC commit Ricky Town went 2 of 3 for 61 yards and 1 TD against 1 INT; Oregon commit Travis Waller went 1 of 2 for 92 yards and 1 TD.
No single signal-caller overwhelmed statistically, but White and Darnold were accurate, while Waller had the long touchdown throw and impressed with his legs, as he picked up 39 yards on four carries. Gibson was also very adept at completing passes with a moving pocket.
— Here are the players that gave verbal pledges to the schools of their choice, led by Tennessee DE commit Kyle Phillips, who had 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, and he has a chance to be a key piece in Knoxville next fall.
* DT Neville Gallamore: Oklahoma
* TE Devonaire Clarington: Texas
* CB Stanley Norman: Arizona State
* WR Lawrence Cager: Miami (FL)
* CB Ykili Ross: USC
*ATH Tim Irvin: Texas
* S Marvell Tell: USC
*DE D'Andre Walker: Georgia
Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.