Predicting Unsung Recruits Most Likely to Shine at 2013 Army All-American Game
The 2013 Army All-American Game is next weekend and the contest figures to be full of great players and talent like it always is. Many heralded recruits will be there in San Antonio such as Derrick Green, Max Browne, Jaylon Smith, Kenny Bigelow, Derrick Henry and Su'a Cravens.
With all that said, from watching these all-star games the past few years it's always some unsung recruits who come in a get their shine on at these games. I'm not sure if they come in with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove or just that the more touted prospects don't play as hard.
Yet, more than likely, it'll happen again this year and the following list are unsung players that I'm predicting to shine at the 2013 Army All-American Game.
8. Doug Randolph, OLB
Randolph is committed to Notre Dame, but doesn't hear his name mentioned too often among the top linebackers in the country. At 6'3" and 220 pounds, look for the Virginia native to set the edges, stack blocks and make several tackles next Saturday.
Randolph also is a solid pass-rusher, showing the ability to convert speed to power and rock blockers at the point of attack on the way to the QB.
7. Chans Cox, FB/LB
At 6'3" and almost 230 pounds, Cox is from Arizona and has committed to Arizona State. He can play the fullback position and be used as a lead blocker, runner and short area receiver.
Cox also can play LB and use subtle short area quickness, toughness and strength to make stops. He's not a hot name, but this is a good football player.
6. Tyler Boyd, WR
A versatile offensive threat at 6'1" and 175 pounds, Boyd is from Pennsylvania. He played mostly RB in high school, but his long frame and receiving skills project to the WR spot in college.
Boyd has great athleticism and speed, which will help him next Saturday. Keep your eye on him to make a big play or two.
5. Kameron Miles, S
Miles will give the West squad a big safety in back end as he goes 6'2", 205 pounds.
With the ability to play FS or SS, he could have a big game by plucking a pass and making some big hits. The Texas A&M commit is a future starter for the Aggies and I expect him to show why next weekend.
4. Taquan Mizzell, RB
A 5'10", 184-pound back headed to Virginia, Mizzell is a speedy and quick runner, which usually works well in these type of all-star games.
With his ability to skate and perhaps something to prove, Mizzell could be primed to run hard while also factoring out of the backfield as a receiver too.
3. Jake Butt, TE
Michigan has one of the best classes in the country this year and that's because they have a ton of fantastic players committed. One of those players is Butt, yet he doesn't seem to get enough attention as he's due.
At 6'6", 231 pounds, Butt has great length, good hands, ball skills and the potential to develop into a solid blocker. Look for the East team to exploit his large catch radius up the seams and perhaps in the red zone.
2. Joe Mathis, DE
Mathis gets a bit overlooked when we think of top edge defenders and DE prospects this year. He strikes me as the kind of guy who will arrive in San Antonio with a point to prove.
His 6'4", 255-pound frame is pretty thick, strong and can also dart off the line at the snap. Mathis could be coming to the Army game looking to make a mockery out of the recruiting rankings.
1. Steven Mitchell, WR
West QB Max Browne and Mitchell hit it off at The Opening this past summer, so expect them to pick up where they left off next weekend.
Mitchell is not thought of to be one of the elite big-name WR prospects this year, but as far as pure RAC skills go, he's one of the best I've seen.
Look for the 5'11", 176-pounder from California to show off why USC is giddy about him being a Trojan.
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.