The U.S. Army All-American Bowl presents talented college football recruits from around the country with an opportunity to stand out. It's a chance to generate some serious hype while gaining experience against elite competition, including at a player's own position.
Even though the level of play the prospects will encounter in the exhibition won't be anything like what they face on Saturdays starting next fall, getting to participate in the practices and the game gives them a jump-start—an early idea what to expect at the next level.
With that in mind, let's take a glance at one future star from each team that college football fans should watch closely. For a complete look at the rosters, visit the game's official site.
East: Greg Bryant
Bryant, a 4-star running back (247Sports.com) who recently committed to Notre Dame, is on the short list of gems in an otherwise lackluster RB class for 2013. He possesses a terrific combination of quickness and vision—two key traits for any rusher.
Which team wins?
This type of game usually favors the offense because it's a lot easier to implement a basic game plan than an entire defensive scheme. It also helps a player like Bryant, who excels in many areas, illustrate his versatility.
Fellow East back Derrick Henry has been receiving a similar amount of praise, so it will be an interesting showdown between those two star recruits to see who can steal the spotlight. A close battle, but Bryant gets the slight edge.
West: Max Browne
Browne is a pro-style quarterback heading to USC. The Washington native has displayed an intriguing combination of accuracy and arm strength—enough to earn him a 5-star rating (247Sports.com) and placement among the top-ranked recruits in the nation.
Which big name will have a better game?
He will benefit from getting to work with a talented group of receivers, including Ricky Seals-Jones and Derrick Griffin, assuming they are on the field together. If so, the West offense is going to feature an amazing number of playmakers.
A lot of people will be tuning in to watch Browne, who's been one of the most talked about recruits throughout the process. It will be a good test for him, though, because he'll be feeling that type of pressure leading up to every college start.