Football Recruiting

US Army All-American Bowl Primer — Future Buckeyes in Action

US Army All-American Bowl Ohio State Recruiting


The annual showcase of future Ohio State Buckeyes known as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl takes place Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm on NBC, and eight different OSU signees will be playing, as will a number of targets and notables. Past Buckeyes such as Ted Ginn, Beanie Wells, and Terrelle Pryor have starred in the game. Who’s next? Maybe one of the players listed below.

Ohio State Signees

24 LB Dallas Gant (East)
The No. 8 outside linebacker in the nation, Gant is from Toledo. He could realistically end up at any of the three linebackers spots at Ohio State, but more than likely projects outside. First-Team All-State with 96 tackles, 7 TFLs, 7 sacks, and an interception. Caught 27 passes for 456 yards as a tight end. He is reportedly enrolling early.

21 RB/WR Jaelen Gill (East)
A 5-star prospect, Gill is the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the nation. He projects to H-back for the Buckeyes, but should be in the backfield for this game.

13 DB Tyreke Johnson (East)
Johnson is the No. 5 safety in the 247Sports Composite, but the Buckeyes are going to start him out at cornerback. We will see where he ends up in this game. Elite playmaker in the secondary, returning six of his nine career interceptions for touchdowns.

88 TE Jeremy Ruckert (East)
Urban Meyer said he may be the best tight end he’s ever evaluated, so you may want to evaluate him as well. The nation’s top tight end. Caught 61 passes for 1,094 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Finished with over 3,000 yards receiving in his career. Has the ability to play tight or flexed out.

54 DT Taron Vincent (East)
Ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 13 prospect overall, Vincent is the son of former NFL cornerback Troy Vincent. Finished with a very impressive 85 tackles as a senior.

75 OT Max Wray (East)
Currently, Wray is the only offensive tackle in the 2018 recruiting class, but may not be the last. At 6-foot-6 289 pounds, Wray has the frame to play tackle, and that is where he is expected to begin his Ohio State career. Will be enrolling early. Ranked the No. 9 offensive tackle in the nation.

85 WR Kamryn Babb (West)
Babb is still recovering from an ACL tear, so he will not be playing in the game.

3 SAF Josh Proctor (West)
Proctor is the No. 8 safety in the nation. Great size at 6-foot-2 190 pounds. He is a tremendous athlete who becomes an offensive player when the ball is in the air. Had a 100-yard interception return this past season. Can cover a lot of ground. Not expected to play due to an ankle injury.

71 DT Tommy Togiai (West)
Togiai has earned raves during practice. Ranked the No. 9 defensive tackle in the nation. Very strong, but also has the burst of a smaller player. Managed to pile up 93 tackles and 11 sacks this past season. Incredibly active for a big guy (6-3 290).

Ohio State Targets

67 OL William Barnes (East)
Ranked the No. 5 offensive tackle in the nation, at 6-foot-4 Barnes may be more suited for guard. Will reportedly make an official visit to Ohio State before deciding.

8 CB Tyson Campbell (East)
A 5-star prospect from Florida, Campbell is unlikely to leave the south, but the Buckeyes are trying to get him to visit.

53 OT Rasheed Walker (East)
Walker is the nation’s No. 6 offensive tackle and is the most likely target listed here to end up at Ohio State. He may be even more likely to end up at Penn State, however. This is going to be a tough fight for both schools, and neither will be giving up any time soon.

Other Notables

74 OT Jackson Carman (East)
A 5-star offensive lineman from Ohio, Carman spurned the Buckeyes for Clemson.

1 SAF Jaiden Woodbey (West)
A 5-star safety from California, Woodbey was committed to Ohio State for months before suddenly deciding he wanted to play at Florida State.