College Football Recruiting 2013: Predicting the Commitments at the US Army Bowl
The US Army All American Bowl is one of the biggest postseason all-star games for high school football and college football recruiting. This game is always a fantastic matchup of many of the nation's best high school football players who are top notch college football prospects.
Another neat ordeal that comes with this game is that it is a popular platform for some recruits to announce their decisions on schools. This read will look at several prospects that are on track to make their announcement at the game on January 5.
5. Tyler Boyd, S
Boyd is a 6'1", 175-pound smooth athlete that can play RB, but safety could be his position in college. He has the agility, transition quickness and range of a good free safety prospect. I also see solid ball-skills when I watch Boyd on tape.
He told Scout.com in November that he is set to announce his choice at the Army game. His top two choices are Pitt and West Virginia.
4. Joe Mathis, DE
From Southern California, Mathis is a talented DE that could grow into a DT one day. He's 6'4" and already weighs around 260 pounds. He has good quickness and strength in the trenches.
Scout.com says that Mathis will announce at the Army game and it looks like the major players for him are UCLA, Washington, Utah and Hawaii.
3. Marquez North, WR
The big WR from the Carolinas will be making his announcement at the Army game, per Scout.com too. North is a huge 6'3", 210-pound offensive perimeter player that reminds me a little bit of Terrell Owens in his prime.
With his size and speed, once North gets refined in his route running and other subtle aspects of the WR position, he could be a No. 1 guy for an offense. He's down to Tennessee, North Carolina and Clemson.
Prediction: North Carolina
2. Derrick Green, RB
For the most part, Green has maintained a top six of Auburn, Michigan, Tennessee, Oregon, Miami and Ole Miss. Scout.com reports that the 6'0", 230-pound runner could very easily choose to end his recruitment at the Army game next month.
Auburn and Michigan have always been the schools to watch in the race for me. With Gene Chizik getting fired from The Plains, my logic says Michigan could be in a great position to land Green.
1. Tahaan Goodman, S
Goodman told Scout.com that he isn't entirely sure when he will be making his decision, but he possibly could enter the game as the biggest uncommitted prospect there.
He's in the middle of scheduling and taking trips and LSU, USC and UCLA are the top three. There's a good chance Goodman will have made trips to all three schools by then and coupled with the urge to commit that he's getting, he could announce on January 5.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.