Under Armour All-America Game 2013: Commitment Tracker and Recruit Highlights
The Under Armour game is one of the most prestigious events in both college football recruiting and high school football. Many of the best prospects in the country have been down in Florida practicing all week long and figure to put on a show this evening.
Another neat attraction to this game is that it also serves as a platform for uncommitted recruits to announce their college decisions. Today, we have six prospects scheduled to announce where they will be playing college football.
This piece will serve as a tracker for the commitments made during the game while also giving some insight and analysis regarding the outcome of each recruit's decision. We'll also have some highlights for you too!
Like I said, keep an eye on the game and keep an eye here on Bleacher Report for great coverage of the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game.
Kendell Beckwith to LSU
Our first commitment of the day belongs to Kendell Beckwith and you can bet that Les Miles is all smiles right now since Beckwith just announced for LSU.
At 6'3" and about 225-pounds, Beckwith has the ability to play several positions but it appears he will settle in at either DE or OLB in Baton Rouge. Beckwith is a great athlete with a big frame, so he should become a solid player for the Tigers.
Alabama is the school that lost out here, since they were the other finalist. I really felt the Tide sat pretty with Beckwith, but in the end he chose to stay in-state and join LSU.
With the Tigers normally having very imposing defenses, Beckwith will follow suit. He needs to work on his technique and hand usage, but his size and athleticism will allow him to get on the field in due time.
Beckwith finished the game with three total tackles.
Ebenezer Ogundeko to Clemson
Well, Dabo Swinney may have lost both Robert Nkemdiche and Elijah Daniel as his DE commitments, but he gained a great one back in Ogundeko.
The New Yorker snubbed Syracuse and powerhouse Florida to join Swinney's program. At 6'3" and around 230-pounds, Ogundeko is a raw, athletic, quick and powerful DE prospect with a high ceiling.
He can be a terror off the edges and also can play standing up too. Once he hones in a better pass rush plan, this is a guy that could be among the best pure pass rushers in the country.
Ogundeko, who had four QB hurries tonight, could come in a become a solid sub-package pass rusher as a freshman and he also is stronger and more powerful than many think. Clemson just picked up a definite future starter and pocket menace in Ogundeko.
Trey Johnson to Ohio State
A one-time solid verbal commitment to Auburn, Trey Johnson is now officially a Buckeye. The Georgia 'backer is headed to Columbus and just announced it at the UA game.
At 6'1" and 225 pounds, Johnson can play ILB to plug runs and sets the tone in the middle of the defense. He should fit in nicely in Urban Meyer's defense and will surely give the Buckeyes more speed at the LB position.
Aside from Auburn, Florida is a school that was heavily involved with Johnson. He's a tackling machine that plays with great pursuit quickness, toughness and solid range.
The talented LB finished the game with three total tackles including 1 for loss and a QB hurry.
Max Redfield to Notre Dame
Brian Kelly may be preparing for Alabama Monday night in the BCS title game, but I'm sure the thought of Max Redfield committing to the Irish will make him stop for a moment to be excited.
Redfield, who was committed to USC for a time, has officially let it be known he is headed for South Bend. The 6'2", 180-pound safety is a dynamic athlete with excellent ball skills, size, speed and instincts in the passing game.
The Trojans tried to get back in the race, as did Oregon, Washington and LSU, but it seems Redfield was set on Notre Dame months ago.
He should come in and be able to be a factor on special teams as a freshman while challenging incumbents for playing time at free safety for Bob Diaco's defense. Redfield didn't register on the stat sheet tonight.
Leon McQuay III to USC
USC saw a target that they wanted in Redfield flip and commit to Notre Dame, but moments later the Trojans picked up another talented safety in Leon McQuay III.
The Florida native chose to play in Troy over Vanderbilt, Oregon, Florida State and Michigan. At 6'2" and 185 pounds, McQuay combines great length with range, speed and great hands.
The Trojans must be excited over this news as McQuay is a perfect fit to pair with 5-star safety commit Su'a Cravens.
In the very near future, USC fans will be watching a tandem of Cravens at the SS position with McQuay joining him as the FS. McQuay had two tackles and also broke up two passes tonight.
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.