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Football Recruiting
Plenty of Buckeye and Big Ten Commitments Playing in All-American Games This Year
By Tony Gerdeman

We are a couple of weeks away from the onslaught of annual high school All-American football games which allows us to get an early look at the future of college football.

It's the first chance to watch the stars of tomorrow compete against eachother today. It's an opportunity to see future award winners, as well as awkward live verbal commitments that may or may not disappoint a parent or two.

For Buckeye fans, it's an opportunity to see some possible impact freshmen months before they ever step their first foot on campus.

In 2002, Maurice Clarett was supposed to take part in the Army All-American Bowl, but an injury kept him out of it, which should have served as tremendous foreshadowing for the next year of his life.

It's doubtful that Buckeye fans will forget Ted Ginn Jr.'s dominating effort in the 2004 Army game. He still holds the record for longest kickoff return (98 yards) and most yards receiving (141 yards) in the game's history. It's no surprise that he was named MVP as well.

In 2006, Chris Wells tied the game's all-time record with three touchdowns on his way to the MVP award. Two years later, Terrelle Pryor dominated the game like many expected him to, taking the MVP award home in the process.

There was also last year's Under Armour All-America Game which saw Noah Spence pick up three sacks and a forced fumble, proving that even against the best that high school had to offer, it was barely a speed bump for him.

What do the 2013 games have in store for Buckeye commits? Given the number of games and commits, likely quite a bit.

There are now four major All-American games: the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the Under Armour All-America Game, the Offense-Defense Bowl, and the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

The Grand Poobah of these is the Army All-American Bowl, which started in 2001. The Offense-Defense Bowl has been around since 2007. A year later ESPN started up the Under Armour All-America Game. Then last year the Marines got into the All-American game business with the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

There have been 11 Army bowls, six Offense-Defense bowls, five Under Armour games, and one Semper Fi bowl. Of those 23 editions of All-American games, a future Buckeye has appeared in 22 of those games. The outlier? The 2010 Offense-Defense Bowl.

This year there are a dozen Buckeye commitments participating in the various games, and depending upon how a few dominoes fall, there could be even more come signing day.

So what follows is a list of the Buckeye commitments, Buckeye possibilities, and other Big Ten commitments who have been named to the rosters of the four games.

The Semper Fidelis Bowl listing may not be complete because the full roster appears nowhere on the internet. Also, whether or not the Offense-Defense Bowl is televised nationally is still an unknown, but by the simple fact that the information appears nowhere on their website and they haven't returned an email regarding the game being televised, we can probably assume that it is not (even though the nice man who answered the phone said that it was, but he didn't know which network, so he transferred me to somebody's voicemail.)

Under Armour All-America Game
Friday January 4 (5:00 pm ESPN)

Ohio State Commits

DB Cam Burrows (6-0 206), Trotwood OH
DL Joey Bosa (6-4 260), Fort Lauderdale FL
ATH Gareon Conley (6-1 165), Massillon OH
ATH Jalin Marshall (5-11 196), Middletown OH
TE Marcus Baugh (6-4 229), Riverside CA

Ohio State Possibilities
LB Trey Johnson (6-1 215), Lawrenceville GA
S Vonn Bell (6-0 190), Rossville GA
RB Dontre Wilson (5-10 174), DeSoto TX (Oregon commit)
S Max Redfield (6-2 181), Mission Viejo CA

Michigan Commits
QB Shane Morris (6-3 190), Warren MI
DT Henry Poggi (6-3 260), Baltimore MD
OL Patrick Kugler (6-4 275), Wexford PA
LB/TE Mike McCray (6-3 225), Trotwood OH
OL Logan Tuley-Tillman (6-7 314), Peoria IL

Michigan Possibilities
S Leon McQuay (6-2 183), Seffner FL
WR Laquon Treadwell (6-3 195), Crete IL
OL David Dawson (6-4 282), Detroit MI

Iowa Commits
LS Tyler Kluver (6-2 215), Marshalltown IA

Penn State Commits
TE Adam Breneman (6-4 229), Camp Hill PA
QB Christian Hackenberg (6-4 212), Fork Union, VA

U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Saturday January 5th (1:00 pm NBC)

Ohio State Commits
RB Ezekiel Elliott (6-0 198), St. Louis MO
DT Michael Hill (6-3 315), Pendleton SC
OL Evan Lisle (6-6 265), Centerville OH
P Johnny Townsend (6-2 200), Orlando FL
CB Eli Woodard (6-1 185), Voorhees NJ

Ohio State Possibilities
WR Shelton Gibson (6-1 175), Cleveland OH
LB Mike Mitchell (6-4 215), Plano TX
WR James Quick (6-1 180), Louisville KY

Michigan Commits
TE Jake Butt (6-6 235), Pickerington OH
OL Chris Fox (6-6 297), Parker CO
CB Jourdan Lewis (5-10 159), Detroit MI
S Dymonte Thomas (6-2 192), Alliance OH

Michigan Possibilities
RB Derrick Green (6-0 215), Richmond VA

Nebraska Commits
LB Josh Banderas (6-2 220), Lincoln NE

Penn State Commits
OL Brendan Mahon (6-5 315), Randolph NJ
DE Garrett Sickels (6-4 240), Little Silver NJ
DT Greg Webb (6-2 290), Sicklerville NJ


Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
Sunday December 30 (TV TBA)

Ohio State Commits
S Jayme Thompson (6-2 183), Toledo OH
WR Taivon Jacobs (5-11 165), Suitland MD

Ohio State Possibilities
LB James Hearns (6-3 230) (Florida commit), Tallahassee FL

Indiana Commits
DB Antonio Allen (5-11 194), Indianapolis IN
DE David Kenney (6-2 250), Indianapolis IN
WR Rashard Fant (5-10 165), Fairburn GA

Michigan State Commits
LB Shane Jones (6-1 220), Cincinnati OH
LB Jon Reschke (6-2 229), Bloomfield MI

Iowa Commits
OL Sean Welsh (6-3 275), Springboro OH
DB Solomon Warfield (6-0 170), Cleveland OH

Northwestern Commits
OL Brad North (6-3 280), Allen TX
OL Tyler Lancaster (6-4 269), Plainfield East IL

Wisconsin Commits
OL Jack Keeler (6-7 285), Barrington IL

Purdue Commits
RB Keyante Green (5-9 190), McDonough GA
QB Danny Etling (6-3 200), Terra Haute IN


Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
Friday January 4 (9:00 pm NFL Network)

Ohio State Commits
QB J.T. Barrett (6-1 209), Wichita Falls TX
(Selected but will not play.)

Northwestern Commits
QB Matt Alviti (6-0 176), Park Ridge IL

Michigan Commits
OL Kyle Bosch (6-5 311), Wheaton IL
DB Ross Douglas (5-10 180), Avon OH

Purdue Commits
DB Austin Logan (6-1 185), Tallahassee FL

Wisconsin Commits
DE Alec James (6-4 220), Brookfield WI
DE Chikwe Obasih (6-3 231), Brookfield WI

Nebraska Commits
LB Marcus Newby (6-1 210), North Potomac MD
LS Gabriel Miller (6-0 235), Mishawaka IN

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