Under Armour All-America Game: Roster, Recruit Highlights and Commitment Tracker
The 2012 Under Armour All-America game will take place this weekend, and it is filled with skilled recruits ready to take their game to the next level.
These are the future stars of college football, and you won't want to miss what they have to offer early in their football career.
Plus, once they continue to grow and develop in college, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you saw these athletes shining at such a young age. Then you can brag to you buddies about how you knew all along this guy would be elite.
Since Herm Edwards is coaching the white team, and Steve Mariucci will be coaching the black team, football fans can expect to see one heck of a performance.
Which Committed Recruit Are You Most Excited About?
With that said, let's dive into some specifics about this year's classic of top high school football players.
When: Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
The complete roster for both the White and the Black team can be found here, via ESPN.
Being filled with so much talent, the main focus will be on the five-star studs, and here's a breakdown of who some of those guys are and where they're headed (or might be headed).
Top Committed Recruits
Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
Marshall gives the Bulldogs some much-needed depth at the running back position. This is also the second year in a row that head coach Mark Richt has landed the No. 1 running back in the country.
With Marshall enrolling early, the Bulldogs will have a fierce competition for the starting running back position during spring ball, and there is a definite chance Marshall earns the starting job.
Johnathan Gray, RB, Texas
The Longhorns offense will be even better next year with the addition of Gray, who is debated as the top overall running back ahead of Marshall. The youthful backfield may seem like an issue, but with so much talent, Texas will be in good hands.
Pass blocking might be the only problem, but the Longhorns quarterbacks have shown great mobility. Gray gives the Longhorns a great speed back, and will certainly be an impact on offense right away.
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
The Seminoles have a solid quarterback in E.J. Manuel, but since he's a senior next year, the future of the program will soon be in question.
Winston excels through the air and on the ground, and will give Clint Trickett a run for the starting job once Manuel leaves. Likely to be red-shirted next year, Winston could see action if Manuel gets hurt, but if he doesn't, he'll be spending the year learning Jimbo Fisher's system.
Don't fret though, he has superb skills and fans will soon see him tearing it up for Florida State.
Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State
ESPN's top overall recruit, Edwards is the son of former Dallas Cowboys' defensive back, Mario Edwards Sr.
The quick defensive end is a great pickup for the Seminoles, as he will see action next year. Edwards is a dynamic force up front, and should Brandon Jenkins leave for the NFL, Florida State will look to Edwards to fill the void.
Noah Spence, DE, Ohio State
Urban Meyer's first major splash in recruiting for the Buckeyes, Spence was a huge commitment for Ohio State.
At 6'4", 245 pounds, Spence will need to bulk up, but his tenacity and passion for the game is fantastic. He's going to be crushing opposing Big Ten quarterbacks with ease during his college days.
Which Undeclared Recruit Are You Looking Forward to the Most?
Top Undeclared Recruits
Eddie Goldman, DT
Listed at 6'4", 310 pounds, Goldman is bound to be a beast of a star for whichever college team he ends up at. The best defensive tackle in the country, Goldman isn't dropping any big hints as to where he'll be playing.
According to ESPN, some his top choices are Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Florida State and Miami. Having visited all those schools except Cal, it's unclear where Goldman is truly leaning.
However, one things for sure; Goldman is sure to be a star in college.
Landon Collins, S
His choice is between Alabama and LSU. He's visited both schools, and only lives about half an hour away from LSU, which is why people think he'll end up there.
Collins could always end up changing his mind, but what he picks on Thursday night should be final. The current No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country would love to add this skilled defensive back, as he will help maintain a stout defense for either.
Cyrus Jones, WR
Jones is also expected to announce after the game where he will play, according to Dave Hooker of ESPN.
His top choices are Alabaman and Virginia Tech, and in his report, Hooker stated, "It's hard not to think Alabama might be the quiet leader."
Listed at 5'10", 180 pounds, Jones must add bulk, but that's not an alarming problem for this speedy athlete. He has the skills to play at wide receiver, running back or defensive back. It all depends on which school he goes to and where they think he'll be the best.
Andrus Peat, OT
Listed at 6'6", 280 pounds, Peat is one of the top offensive lineman in the country.
According to Garry Paskwietz of ESPN, Peat's top choices include Nebraska, Stanford, USC and Florida State.
Nebraska might just be the front-runner because his brother is currently a defensive lineman there. Ultimately, Peat has to make the decision for himself, but family always has a big impact.
He is expected to visit the Trojans on Jan. 13, which might shake things up.
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