The high school All-American games present an opportunity for some of the nation’s brightest high school stars to shine on the national stage before joining the college ranks next season.
Several of the country’s top recruits declared their commitment during the Army All-American Game, ending speculation about where they would continue their football careers.
Wide receiver James Quick and linebacker Mike Mitchell were top targets for Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. As reported by Craig Loper II of Scout.com, Quick came down on the side of the Louisville Cardinals.
Quick is one of the country’s best high school receivers, and he showed what he could do in the Army All-American Game. He was named MVP after his East squad’s 15-8 victory.
While Ohio State lost out on Quick, Mitchell did stick with the Buckeyes for next season, according to Loper II:
"Mitchell is a fiery and explosive athlete whose speed and quickness make him a candidate to start for Ohio State next season. He also has the potential to be one of college football’s best linebackers in the coming years."
Four-star recruit Tony Stevens also made a commitment during the game. He'll be playing for Texas A&M next season, as reported by ESPN’s Derek Tyson:
"The Aggies have one of the best offenses in the country, led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and Stevens will get a chance to make a huge impact early in his college career. He’s a 6’3” speedster with room to add some bulk, and will be a big option for Manziel to target."
Quick is a 4-star recruit with incredible speed and fluidity, and his 6’2” frame and natural athleticism will make him an early candidate for a starting role in 2013. If the Army All-American Game is any indication, Quick can play with the best and still look like one of the most talented players on the field.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 3,718 yards this season, but the Cardinals didn’t have a receiver with more than 744 yards. Quick offers the big-play ability to make a statement right away.
A lot can change before now and the start of next college football season, and full rosters have yet to take shape. But given the talent and ability Mitchell, Quick and Stevens have shown, all three can be standouts at the next level.