Bold Predictions for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game
Via Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.com
The Under Armour All-America game will feature some of the best recruits in the class of 2013, which naturally means that it will feature some of the future stars of college football.
With the amount of talent that will be playing in this game, there's bound to be some incredible football plays. It's also going to be a prime-time stage for many of these recruits to make their commitments on, so expect a lot of big moments.
With all that in mind, here are five bold predictions for the 2013 Under Armour game:
Note: Here's the full roster courtesy of ESPN Recruiting Nation.
5. 4-Star LB Trey Johnson Will Commit to Ohio State
Trey Johnson—former Auburn commitment—is expected to make his decision at the Under Armour game and even though I feel he'd be a good fit at Oregon, I'm predicting he'll commit to play for Ohio State.
Florida, Penn State and Tennessee are also programs on his interest list according to 247Sports, but Ohio State is listed as the leader. The Ducks did come in to make a late offer, but considering the rapidly approaching decision date and the fact that Ohio State did get a reportedly good visit from Johnson, they appear to be in great position to land his commitment.
I expect that commitment to Ohio State will be made at this game.
4. 5-Star CB Priest Willis Will Not Make a Decision
He recently had an interview with James Smith of NOLA.com and basically said that his decision was still coming down to about five or six teams. LSU, Nebraska, Florida State, Arizona State, UCLA and Virginia are all listed as "warm interests" on his 247Sports interest list.
Willis also said that he may need more time to decide when asked if he will still announce his decision at the game, per the interview with Smith.
He certainly doesn't sound like a recruit that has his options narrowed down or is in anyway ready to make a decision, so don't be surprised if the game comes and goes and you don't hear from Willis in regards to a decision.
3. 5-Star TE O.J. Howard Will Catch Multiple Touchdowns
Five-star tight end O.J. Howard checks in at 6'5.5'', 221 pounds and runs a 4.42 40 according to 247Sports. He has the size of an elite tight end and the speed of an elite wide receiver—and he projects to be an absolute superstar at the college level.
Naturally, he's committed to Alabama.
In regards to this game, Howard is going to be a premier target and I expect him to come down with at lest two touchdown catches. I wouldn't be surprised if he caught three.
His skill-set alone will allow him to stand out, even in a game filled with all-stars. He'll be a big target down the middle, but he can also go out into the edges and be a mismatch against smaller corners and safeties.
Also, because of the nature of an all-star game, he's less likely to get jammed at the line or re-routed in the secondary by linebackers, so he'll have a lot of room to work with.
Howard is going to be a star at the college level and we'll catch a glimpse of it in this game.
2. 5-Star S Leon McQuay III Will Commit to Michigan
McQuay III has a top five of Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, USC and Vanderbilt (247Sports). Though all are great programs, Michigan appears to be the best fit for the 5-star safety.
Michigan can offer him the chance to play for a great football program that is nationally relevant and its depth chart is rather favorable for a safety.
There's also the fact that McQuay III is very interested in audio engineering (per ESPN) and Michigan is known for their academic standards and success. It also offers a Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering Degree.
Vanderbilt will be a very interesting option in this race, but in the end, McQuay III will make a bold statement and commit to the Wolverines.
1. 5-Star DT Montravius Adams Will Outshine Robert Nkemdiche
Adams is easily my favorite recruit in this class. He has the intangibles to be a superstar at the college level. He's 6'4'' and 310 pounds (247Sports), so he has elite size, but he also has great quickness, solid technique and he can play on the interior or the edges of a defensive line. Adams can be a capable 1-tech or 3-tech in the 4-3, or even a 5-tech in a 3-4 defense.
Nkemdiche isn't bigger than Adams at 6'4'' and 285 pounds himself. While he is much quicker (he runs a 4.65 40 according to 247Sports), Adams may have more strength and versatility as a D-linemen. This is not meant to be a slight against Nkemdiche, but more so of a testament to how good Adams can be at the college level.
There's also the fact that Nkemdiche is going to have a ton of pressure and spotlight on in him in this game because of his status as the No. 1 recruit.
Adams is going to play looser and have more fun, which will lead to him having a much better game.