Under Armour All-American Game 2013: Projecting Impact of in-Game Commits

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIJanuary 5, 2013

January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez (25) runs with the ball as Team Nitro athlete Kendell Beckwith (11) defends during the second half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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One of the biggest highlights of the Under Armour All-American Game is the in-game commitments, and 2013's group was no exception.

Five highly-coveted recruits made their decisions on national television, and five lucky teams will get to welcome them in 2013. Here is what to expect from each of these recruits.


4-Star Linebacker Kendell Beckwith to LSU

After watching the coveted Landon Collins pick Alabama over LSU last year, the Tigers get revenge as Kendell Beckwith chose LSU over Alabama.

Beckwith has blue-chip size at 6'3", 225 pounds. With the potential to keep growing, Beckwith should become an imposing figure for the Tigers, either at linebacker or at defensive end.

That makes Beckwith perhaps the next great LSU defender. His size and strength are fantastic, and with added explosion and technique, Beckwith has the potential to be special.

He picked the right program to develop as a defensive star. Watch out for him in the future.


4-Star Defensive End Ebenezer Ogundeko to Clemson

The future of Clemson's defense looks bright, with several strong recruits at linebacker and along the defensive line. The Tigers added their latest, and possibly greatest addition in Ogundeko, who is massively strong and explosive.

What makes Ogundeko special is his lower-body strength, which allows him to squat nearly 500 pounds and vertical jump, 34 inches. 

With explosion like that, Ogundeko has the potential to make an immediate impact for Clemson. He has the ability to get the jump on slower offensive tackles and even bull-rush on occasion.

Clemson has produced some great pass-rushers over the years, such as Da'Quan Bowers, Andre Branch and Ricky Sapp. Ogundeko could be the latest in that line.


4-Star Linebacker Trey Johnson to Ohio State

Trey Johnson is one of those linebackers who just always seems to be around the ball. Like James Laurinaitis and A.J. Hawk before him, Johnson should continue to be a tackling machine in Columbus.

Johnson has a chance to contribute early, as he is the first true linebacker to commit to the Buckeyes. 

Florida was the other front-runner for Johnson's services after the linebacker de-committed from Auburn. The Buckeyes, though, will get to see Johnson become the latest in a long line of great OSU linebackers.


5-Star Safety Max Redfield to Notre Dame

One of the greatest prizes tonight was the dynamic, athletic safety Max Redfield, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have won the sweepstakes.

Redfield already has NFL-caliber size at 6'2", 195 pounds. Paired with elite speed and explosion, Redfield is one of the most dynamic athletes in this entire recruiting class. 

Maybe the best part of this coup for Notre Dame is that Redfield de-committed from USC to head to South Bend. Landing a star like Redfield while nabbing him from an arch-rival has to be sweet for the Fighting Irish.

Redfield is unlikely to find major playing time on defense, at least not right away. Look out for him in the future, though.


5-Star Safety Leon McQuay III to USC

Don't feel too bad for USC: The Trojans managed to nab a 5-star safety of their own in Leon McQuay III. 

With elite size at 6'2", 185 pounds, and excellent speed with a sub-4.6 40-yard dash, McQuay has all the physical tools to contribute immediately. 

That gives the Trojans two 5-star recruits at safety in McQuay and Su'a Cravens. Look forward to watching this duo strike fear into opposing quarterbacks on Saturdays.