Army All-American Bowl 2013: Commitment Tracker and Recruit Highlights
So many great players have played in past Army All-American Bowls, including Andrew Luck, Adrian Peterson, C.J. Spiller, DeSean Jackson, Aaron Hernandez, Eric Berry and Aaron Murray. This year's game features a slew of big-name prospects and a solid mix of some good underrated recruits.
An intriguing storyline in the game will be the announcements of college commitments. Several prized prospects are expected to use Saturday's big moment to announce their decisions, and this tracker will follow the commitments made during the Army game.
Enjoy watching the game live, and then check here for analysis after each commitment is made.
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Tyler Boyd to Pitt
Panthers fans, you may have lost out on Robert Foster a few weeks ago, but you picked up a good prospect here in Tyler Boyd. He's a long 6'2", 180-pound ATH prospect who I think will be a wide receiver for Paul Chryst.
Boyd played some running back for his high school team in Pennsylvania and has great foot quickness, speed and ball skills. He could be the guy who does a lot of things that Pitt had planned for Foster.
Boyd picked Pitt over Michigan State and West Virginia. He will be among the top headliners for Pitt's class this year and has a solid chance to come in and make an early impact.
Boyd had one catch for four yards in today's game.
Joe Mathis to Washington
Mathis is from Southern California and is a quick and powerful 6'4", 255-pound defensive end prospect who may also play a little defensive tackle. The Huskies landed a solid football player who should develop into a starter for them.
Mathis can get off the ball well, plays with solid leverage and is strong on the edges to stack up against the run. One has to think that ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi was heavily involved in this decision.
USC, UCLA and Alabama were also in the mix for Mathis. However, the atmosphere and feel around Seattle was enough to get him to commit.
He totaled three tackles, 1.5 TFLs and a sack at the Army game.
Tony Stevens to Texas A&M
After torching Oklahoma last night with a record-setting performance, QB Johnny Manziel just got himself another weapon for the Aggies' passing game.
Already boasting commitments from stud pass-catching prospects like Ricky Seals-Jones, Derrick Griffin and LaQuvionte Gonzalez, Texas A&M just picked up a pledge from WR Tony Stevens.
Stevens, who unfortunately was targeted just once today, is a 6'3", 185-pounder who has good release quickness and length. He shows fluidity in his route running, the ability to properly read and decipher various coverages, and great ball skills.
Stevens, who snubbed Florida State and Ohio State, will add to an already monster class for Kevin Sumlin, which should entrench the Aggies in the top-10 recruiting-class rankings.
Alquadin Muhammad to Miami
What Alquadin Muhammad Means to Miami
In a shocker to many, Alquadin Muhammad chose to head to Miami over Notre Dame and Alabama.
The Irish were thought to be the heavy favorite for the New Jersey DE, and some even felt Muhammad had been a longtime silent commit to play in South Bend.
The 6'4", 230-pound DE has a great frame and even better snap quickness. Muhammad can play with his hand down, but I'm convinced he has the athleticism to stand up and not only rush, but also buzz into coverage well.
This is a huge get for Al Golden, who pursued Muhammad strongly over the recent weeks. Muhammad will be joined by fellow New Jersey native QB Kevin Olsen when he gets to Coral Gables.
Muhammad had a big day as he notched four tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 TFLs, 1 FF and 1 FR.
James Quick to Louisville
What James Quick Means to Louisville
Charlie Strong went into the Sugar Bowl and had his way with the mighty Florida Gators—now the Louisville coach will celebrate yet again with James Quick's announcement.
The 6'0", 180-pound WR from Kentucky has decided to join the Cardinals program. Quick chose to stay home and play for 'Ville over Ohio State and Oregon.
With slick speed, athleticism and quickness along with his size, Quick reminds me a little bit of USC WR Robert Woods. Quick, who caught three passes for 71 yards and TD while adding a 31-yard kick off return, can detach from coverage well in his cuts and has great RAC skills.
Another person who has to be happy with this news is Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater. The 2013 season is shaping up to be a big year for the Cardinals, with Bridgewater expected to be a Heisman candidate. Quick could come in and be one his weapons this fall.
Mike Mitchell to Ohio State
Urban Meyer picked up Trey Johnson last night and today he got another great LB commitment in Mike Mitchell. The Texan chose to head North to Columbus over Texas A&M and Oregon.
Mitchell, a 6'4" 'backer who weighs 222 pounds, really has a chance to make an early impact for the Buckeyes.
Meyer has put LBs at a premium in this class and Mitchell has the size, length, strength, toughness, instincts and straight-line speed to factor on special teams and on the LB depth chart as a freshman.
Ohio State was a heavy favorite for Mitchell for quite some time and today at the Army game he made the deal official.