Thursday featured some of the nation’s best high school recruits in the Under Armour All-America game, and Saturday will have more of the same with the U.S. Army All-American Game.
While some of the players are still trying to make their best decisions as to where to go to college, most have already chosen where they’ll go.
Here are the top five recruits playing in this game who have already committed.
The Orange Bowl showed just how badly Clemson needs a guy like Travis Blanks. He is a top-five safety recruit and one of the hardest hitters in the country, as well as an electrifying return man.
He isn’t the fastest guy in the world, with 4.8 speed, but makes up for it with his ability to diagnose plays and get to the football. He may get a redshirt year because both of the current Tigers safeties are juniors, but he should be one of the ACC’s best in no time.
With both of Georgia’s offensive tackles being seniors, we could see John Theus start next year in the SEC. The 6’6”, 295-pounder really doesn’t have a weakness, as he is good in both pass- and run-blocking which is great for quarterback Aaron Murray and running backs Isaiah Crowell and Keith Marshall.
The Bulldogs are poised to have a great 2012 season but will need quality play from its offensive line in order to get there. Theus may still be in high school, but he has all the makings of a great talent at the collegiate and NFL level.
Not to be outdone, Florida went out and picked up a top offensive tackle of its own in the class in D.J. Humphries. He is small for his position at 270 pounds, and could benefit from a redshirt season if he doesn’t put on at least 20 pounds in the offseason—but when he gets onto the field, he will be an animal.
People cannot stop raving about his footwork, and he will fit perfectly with what the Gators are trying to do on offense in the future. Whoever will be the quarterback in Gainesville will be thankful that his team was able to snag such a good lineman.
After reopening his commitment from Indiana, the top pro-style quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class committed to LSU and already has many Tigers fans excited for the future. At 6’4”, 220 pounds, he has all of the physical attributes necessary to make it as an elite quarterback.
But with the hiring of quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe, he could develop into the next outstanding SEC quarterback.
This USC commit could play just about anywhere on the field because of his 6’3”, 230-pound frame, but his likely destination will be at linebacker. He thrives off of contact and will be an imposing presence on the field.
He has a chance to play early for the Trojans with two freshmen linebackers starting and one graduating at the end of this year. Lane Kiffin couldn’t bring in that many recruits, but the ones he has are all studs.