Practices are wrapping up for the high school all-star games, as the Army All-America Game kicks off on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. Players have been preparing for their last game as high school players before they give their commitments and are sent off to begin college life.
The game that features some of the top players in the country should gain every college football fan's attention considering these guys are the future of the sport.
Players have been practicing throughout the week, and while all are extremely talented, some have stood out more than others on the practice field.
We already listed some of the standouts from the Under Armour All-America Game, but here are some of the guys that have practiced the best for the Army All-America Game.
If you aren't familiar with Jonathan Allen yet, just take a look at some of highlights and see why Alabama fans everywhere should be drooling over this kid. His quickness off the ball and physicality when he actually gets his hands on the ball carrier is simply unfair.
Allen was terrific throughout practice, consistently giving offensive linemen all they could handle and making multiple plays in the backfield. He also interrupted passing lanes by batting a few passes down, and he recovered a fumble that was caused by a bad exchange between the opposing running back and quarterback.
ESPN writers William Wilkerson and Damon Sayles of ESPN describe Allen the best way possible:
The East defensive line really stepped up in afternoon practice during 11-on-11 action. Alabama defensive end commit Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) was unstoppable.
The Crimson Tide may finally have that one pass-rusher that scares the rest of their opponents. This can't be great news for everybody else in college football.
Everybody knew that Tre'Davious White was one of the faster corners in this class and had amazing recovery speed. The question coming into practice was if his small 5'11", 170-pound frame would work out well against massive receivers.
Having to cover a receiving corps that featured Derrick Griffin, Ricky Seals-Jones and Corey Robinson, guys who are well over 6'0", White held his own throughout the day. He also had an interception that was returned back for a touchdown, which was one of the more impressive plays during the practice.
White and his play really impressed Damon Sayles of ESPN:
For a player of his size and stature, covering the oak trees that are the U.S. Army All-American Bowl West team wide receivers might have seemed to be mission impossible at first. As White continues practices, the task has proven not to be the ridiculous challenge he once thought.
It looks like LSU hit the jackpot once again.
The defensive backfield for Team East is absolutely loaded. So in order to separate yourself from the pack and make an impression, you obviously had to do something spectacular. Leave it up to Virginia Tech Hokies commitment Kendall Fuller to do just that.
Not only did he show his ability to be effective in run support and keep up with some of the better wide receivers, but he made a jaw-dropping one-handed interception. A pass that was intended for 4-star wide receiver Tyler Boyd was snagged by the future Hokie in a jump ball.
Evan Watkins of 247Sports said it was just a validation why he is a top recruit.
The folks out in Blacksburg should be very excited.
Mike Mitchell was probably the most impressive player on the field during practice.
The top linebacker recruit from Plano, Texas has shown why schools are lined up out the door to land his services. He is a 6'4", 216-pound linebacker who has a 40-time of 4.45. In practice, there weren't many plays that didn’t include him in on the action. He flies to the football and seems to get his hands dirty on nearly every play. While he may still be in high school, comparisons to Brian Cushing are already surfacing.
Mitchell is expected to make his announcement during the game and according to Michael Chung of the O-Zone, it would be a surprise if he doesn't become an Ohio State Buckeye.
After talking to people here in San Antonio, anything less than Mike Mitchell to OSU would be shocking. Sources here are certain he is OSU.— Michael Chung (@MChungOZone) January 1, 2013
Mitchell appears to be the complete package at linebacker.
Derrick Green is considered by most top recruiting sites to be the best running back of the 2013 class. In practice, he showed why he has received so much respect from scouts. He had many impressive runs, breaking multiple tackles and showing everybody just how difficult it is to bring down a 6'0", 220-pound guy that runs low to the ground.
Green doesn't have that home-run speed that you would like to see, but he is your typical SEC runner that plays with an aggressive style and seems to get better as the carries increase.
According to Mike Farrel of Rivals.com, the Michigan Wolverines remain the front-runner, with a few other schools trying to make a case.
Michigan could have really used his services this season.