U.S. Army All-American Bowl Preview
Two days after the Under Armour All-America Game was played, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl takes place at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
The game will feature some of the top-tier high school talent in the country, and former players in this contest include Vince Young, Tim Tebow, Adrian Peterson, Tajh Boyd and Dorial Green-Beckham.
The event will also feature the college announcements from a lengthy list of players.
Here are some things to keep an eye on in this high school showcase event, which will feature 108 prospects who will be part of next year's crop of top college freshmen.
Buckeyes and Bulldogs lead the way: Ohio State and Georgia both have six committed players in this game, while seven schools — Florida, South Carolina, LSU, Tennessee, Oregon, Texas and North Carolina — each have four committed players. Alabama, Clemson, Stanford and UCLA each have three verbally committed players.
The uncommitteds: Twenty-three high school seniors have yet to make an announcement on where they will play college football. Here are a few of the top players who could be making a live announcement on Saturday:
— California RB Joe Mixon, whose list includes Oklahoma, UCLA and Wisconsin. He is an elite all-purpose back.
— Illinois LB Nyles Morgan, whose list includes Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Florida and Vanderbilt. He is one of the best inside 'backers in the country.
— Virginia WR Jamil Kamara, whose list includes Virginia, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh. Early playing time is a top priority for Kamara, and he would find that at all three of these schools.
— Ohio CB Marshon Lattimore, whose list includes Ohio State and Alabama. He is considered to be the top player in Ohio.
— California TE Bryce Dixon, whose list includes UCLA, USC, Texas and Miami (FL). Expect this to come down to the Bruins and the Trojans.
— Texas WR Frank Iheanacho, whose final five is Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, Oregon and Texas A&M. Oh, and he's 6-7.
— Missouri OT Brian Wallace, who took official visits to Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri this past fall.
— Ohio safety Erick Smith, who is Lattimore's high school teammate. Will Ohio State continue to bring in top-tier talent for the defensive backfield?
— California LB Dwight Williams, an outside 'backer who is expected to announce his intention to play at Oklahoma.
Other names to watch
Each team has three highly touted quarterbacks on its roster, and each signal-caller will see action in this game. The West team has Drew Barker (Kentucky), Kyle Allen (Texas A&M) and Jerrod Heard (Texas). Allen is considered by some recruiting analysts to be the best at his position. Barker, meanwhile, represents the bright future of Kentucky football. The East team will counter with Will Grier (Florida), Caleb Henderson (North Carolina) and Jacob Park (Georgia).
Dave Miller, the college football editor and writer for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.