The Army All-American game is another opportunity for college teams to get even better.
Several high school players made commitments during the game, and all will be welcomed additions in the college football landscape.
While some schools secured commitments on Saturday, several others were left with disappointment and more options to consider. Several players and programs were clear-cut winners, though. We’ll examine the top five winners of Saturday’s game and commitment process below.
Ohio State got another commit during the game in linebacker Mike Mitchell, the 4-star prospect who was also considering Texas A&M and Oregon. Mitchell is 6’4” and 222 pounds and runs a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports.com.
The Buckeyes also added 4-star linebacker Trey Johnson yesterday during the Under Armour All-American Game, and both players should make an immediate impact in some form on defense. Ohio State has one of the top recruiting classes already in place this year with 21 commits, including a 5-star commit and 14 4-star commits.
While Ohio State landed Mitchell, it lost out on 4-star receiver James Quick to Louisville, and the Cardinals were lucky to snag him (via ESPN).
Mitchell is an exceptionally talented wideout who can immediately step in for the Cardinals. While Louisville hasn’t put together the strongest recruiting class, Quick certainly helps its cause. He is the jewel of the Cardinals recruiting class.
Louisville needed a big commit, especially at wide receiver. The Cardinals spread the ball around on offense this season but didn’t have a standout receiver in the bunch.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT
Vanderdoes played well in the Army All-American Game, and while he probably doesn’t need any help in the recruiting process, his solid performance couldn’t hurt his case any.
Vanderdoes was a USC commit until he decided he no longer wanted to play for the Trojans, and he’s currently on the radar of several programs (via 247Sports.com)
Vanderdoes is a huge body with strength and power to hold up well in run defense. He’ll be a prize for whichever school manages to secure him, especially after he showed his talent on Saturday.
Quick made a big commitment to Louisville, and he also showed the Cardinals he would be well worth their effort.
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Quick had an exceptional game on Saturday, showcasing his speed, athleticism and ball skills with a three-catch, 71-yard performance for the East squad. He scored a touchdown as well and was named the game’s MVP.
Quick was a winner Saturday, and not just because he made a commitment to go to college. He stole the spotlight and showed why college football fans should watch him as he continues his career with the Cardinals.
Washington added another top recruit at the Army All-American Game, and the Huskies have quietly put together a formidable recruiting class.
Four-star recruit Joe Mathis committed to Washington at the game on Saturday, making him the seventh such prospect to do so. The Huskies have 21 commits now and have the No. 11 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.
Washington walked away from the game a winner and a potential dark horse in the Pac-12 for the coming seasons.
Texas A&M has experienced a resurgence since moving to the SEC, and Hesiman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has one more thing to be happy about.
The Aggies got a commitment from 4-star receiver Tony Stevens, adding to an already impressive recruiting class ranked No. 7 by 247Sports. Stevens is the second 4-star receiver to commit to the Aggies, who will be joining the team alongside 6’7”, 210-pound wideout Derrick Griffin.
Texas A&M is a team on the rise, and after adding Stevens, the Aggies walk away from Saturday a clear-cut winner.