Under Armour and Army All-American Game Primers
By Tony Gerdeman
The two highest-profile high school All-American Games are this weekend, starting with the Under Armour All-American Game on Friday and the Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.
In an effort to enhance your viewing pleasure, we've created a bit of a viewing primer for you, spotlighting Ohio State commits, possible commits, and other players of note for you to keep an eye on.
Everybody not listed below is basically either a USC commit or an SEC commit.
Under Armour All-American Game - Friday 5pm ESPN
White Team (Team Nitro)
#6 Cameron Burrows (6-0 206), CB (Ohio State) - Burrows has reportedly played well at cornerback in practices this week. He will be going against some of the best receivers in the nation in this game, including ESPN's #2 WR Robert Foster. Many are still torn on what position Burrows will end up at in college, but with his size, it would be difficult not to give him a first look at cornerback.
#7 Jalin Marshall (5-11 196), WR (Ohio State) - Marshall, who played quarterback at Middletown, is still adjusting to playing wide receiver. He has done it before at various football camps, and he is a natural athlete, so it's not like the position is entirely foreign to him. Despite any early struggles, however, he has played well enough to earn the start at receiver, most likely in the slot.
#7 Gareon Conley (6-1 165), CB (Ohio State) - At one time Conley was a Michigan commit. Then, his long national nightmare was over and he received an Ohio State offer and eventually committed to the Buckeyes. While he could play either cornerback or receiver at Ohio State, he is playing cornerback in this game, and played well enough in practice to earn the start.
#8 Marcus Baugh (6-4 229), TE (Ohio State) - Baugh has reportedly had a good week in practice. His speed and athleticism should make him a target in this game, and don't be surprised to see him flexed out as well if the rules of the game allow it.
#97 Joey Bosa (6-4 260), DE (Ohio State) - Bosa is a physical mismatch for most offensive linemen in high school, so it will be interesting to see how he does against fellow All-Americans. The coaches have seen enough of him this past week to put him in the starting lineup at defensive end.
#32 Trey Johnson (6-1 215), LB (Undecided) - Johnson will get the start at one of the three linebacker spots in this game. He will also be making his declaration at some point in the game as well. He will be choosing between Ohio State, Florida and Tennessee, with Ohio State the heavy favorite. ESPN ranks him the #4 ILB in the class.
#1 Max Redfield (6-2 181), S (Undecided) - Redfield will be selecting between Notre Dame, USC and Ohio State. Notre Dame is the leader here. Ohio State would be a shocker, and it's not even sure that they would have room to take him.
#78 Cameron Hunt (6-4 267), OL (California) - With Cal's firing of Jeff Tedford, Hunt has reopened his commitment and according to Rivals is planning on scheduling official visits for Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon. The Buckeyes would love to add another offensive lineman to this class, but room is becoming scarce.
#9 Mike McCray (6-3 225), LB (Michigan) - McCray is an Ohio State legacy, but a Michigan commitment. The Buckeyes tried to get in on him late, but they were turned away.
#12 Shane Morris (6-3 190), QB (Michigan) - Morris is the Wolverines' quarterback of the future whenever Devin Gardner's eligibility runs out. He's a left-hander who better suits Al Borges' drop back offense. He will be a backup in this game.
#17 Henry Poggi (6-3 260), DT (Michigan) - Poggi is another Michigan commit that Ohio State was after early on. Poggi will have to add weight, but he's done well enough where he is right now to earn the start for his team.
#32 Ty Isaac (6-3 217), RB (USC) - Isaac is from Chicago and could eventually be among the many USC decommits. If that happens, he could find himself looking back towards the midwest.
#55 David Dawson (6-4 282), OL (Michigan), #57 Patrick Kugler (6-4 275), OL (Michigan), #72 Logan Tuley-Tillman (6-7 314), OL (Michigan) - Yes, Michigan has three offensive linemen on one team. Kugler and Dawson will be starting at guard.
Black Team (Team Highlight)
#7 Vonn Bell (6-0 190), S (Undecided) - The five-star safety won't be making a decision at the game as he still has official visits to Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee. He will be in Columbus next weekend.
#2 Dontre Wilson (5-10 175), ATH (Oregon) - There is a lot of talk that if Chip Kelly leaves for the NFL, Wilson will want to take a visit to Ohio State. He might be the type of prospect that gets somebody else's spot.
#1 Christian Hackenberg (6-4 212), QB (Penn State) - Hackenberg is ESPN's #1-ranked pocket passer in this class. He seems pretty steadfast that he is going to Penn State despite all of the turmoil in Happy Valley.
#21 Kelvin Taylor (5-11 216), RB (Florida) - Taylor is only included here because he is the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor and I wanted to make you feel old.
#22 Leon McQuay III (6-2 183), S (Undecided) - McQuay, who is starting, will be deciding during this game and will be choosing between Michigan, USC, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Florida State. He will then enroll early.
#34 Alex Anzalone (6-3 231), LB (Notre Dame) - You may recall the name.
Army All-American Bowl - Saturday 1pm NBC
#9 Eli Apple (6-1 185), CB (Ohio State) - Apple, formerly Eli Woodard, has been steady and physical throughout the practices. It will be interesting to see if Apple ever gets matched up with 6-5 230-pound receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. Apple, who will be enrolling early, is ESPN's #3 cornerback and #6 player overall in the 2013 class.
#35 Johnny Townsend (6-2 200), P (Ohio State) - Townsend has already been anointed by Urban Meyer as Ohio State's starting punter next season, so this will be a good opportunity for you to see somebody that you hope to never see next year.
#69 Evan Lisle (6-6 276), OT (Ohio State) - Tackles from predominantly running high school programs like Lisle tend to have issues in this game pass blocking, so you'll be able to get a good idea as to how quickly he is able to adapt from a running program to a balanced attack.
#76 Michael Hill (6-3 315), DT (Ohio State) - Hill's season was cut short due to a finger injury. He is not expected to see action.
#3 Shelton Gibson (6-1 175), WR (Undecided) - Gibson has performed well throughout the practices, showing himself to be one of the more explosive receivers in San Antonio. The Army Selection Committee calls him a "gamebreaker". His recruitment is a confusing one and may not be over for another month or so.
#17 James Quick (6-1 180), WR (Undecided) - Quick, rated a five-star receiver by Scout, will be choosing between Ohio State and Louisville during this game. Which way he is leaning depends on whom you ask, as guesses have been lobbed at both sides. Based on what I've been told, if he doesn't end up selecting Ohio State I will be surprised.
#14 Dymonte Thomas (6-2 192), S (Michigan) - Thomas is one of the best Ohio prospects in the 2013 class. He is enrolling early and could play right away for the Wolverines.
#27 Derrick Green (6-0 222), RB (Undecided) - It's been a long road for Green, who once favored Ohio State. The Buckeyes moved on from him a few months back, however, and since then it appears that Michigan has moved in front. There are certainly carries to be had in the 2013 Wolverine offense. However, Green also seems enamored with the entire recruiting process, so this one will likely go down to the wire.
#80 Tony Stevens (6-4 170), WR (Undecided) - Stevens will be making his decision during this game and is reportedly deciding between Florida State, Ohio State and Texas A&M. The Aggies are apparently the favorite here, as Stevens is a Florida State decommit.
#87 Jake Butt (6-6 235), TE (Michigan) - Butt is an Ohio prospect out of Pickerington. You should be able to get a preview of four years of him dragging across the middle on a play-action bootleg in this game.
#90 Garrett Sickels (6-4 245), DE (Penn State) - Sickels has reportedly had some very good moments despite what some are calling a relatively thin frame.
#24 Ezekiel Elliott (6-0 205), RB (Ohio State) - Elliott has surprised everybody by also playing some safety this week. However, expect to see most of his damage done on offense in this game. He will likely line up just about everywhere.
#44 Mike Mitchell (6-5 222), LB (Undecided) - Mitchell has reportedly been one of the standouts during practices. He will be making his decision during this game, choosing between Ohio State and Texas A&M, with the Buckeyes the expected victors.
#27 Jourdan Lewis (5-11 165), ATH (Michigan) - Lewis will likely line up at cornerback in this game. Perhaps you will get a preview of the future with a James Quick or Shelton Gibson vs Jourdan Lewis matchup.
#29 Antonio Allen (5-11 195), DB (Indiana) - Kevin Wilson is making some very impressive strides in recruiting, and Allen being an Army All-American (even as a replacement) is impressive.
#51 Josh Banderas (6-2 225), LB (Nebraska) - It's nice of the Army game to not ignore players from middle America, unlike a certain game aired on ESPN.
#73 Chris Fox (6-6 300), OL (Michigan) - Yes, it's another Michigan All-American offensive lineman. Don't worry, none of them can throw a pass, catch a pass, run the ball or tackle.
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