Army All-American Bowl 2013: Recruits Who Made the Best Impression

Chris Hummer@chris_hummerAnalyst IJanuary 5, 2013

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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a showcase of the best high school football talent the nation has to offer, and the game did not disappoint.

After a slow start, the final minutes provided tantalizing results. The East squad scored a touchdown in the final minutes to take the game over the West team 15-8.

But, the game wasn't about the final score. Instead, it's an opportunity for the best prospects in America to show off their talents against their peers.

The top recruits in the Rivals rankings were on hand, and while a few struggled, many showcased the natural athleticism and skills that made them the most sought after players in the country.

Here are the players who put on the best display on Saturday afternoon.


Jaylon Smith, LB, Committed to Notre Dame

The nation's No. 1 outside linebacker was a beast on Saturday. He was all over the field using his end-to-end speed to make a multitude of plays.

His 6'3" frame is coupled with a 4.4 burst, and when you add that to his high motor, Notre Dame has a heck of a player coming its way in 2013.

Smith looked to be a man among boys at the U.S. Army Bowl; he's easily one of the best prospects in his class.


Derrick Henry, RB, Committed to Alabama

Henry is one of the most interesting prospects in his class, and it has nothing to do with his 5-star rating.

At 6'3", 240 pounds, Henry does not have typical running back size. Actually, his frame is more suited toward defensive end or linebacker. But on Saturday, Henry proved that it could work in the backfield.

He displayed great vision and speed, running through and around defenders with ease. At Alabama, Henry will surely get the opportunity to be a running back, and if that doesn't work out, his skills should transfer easily to another position.


James Quick, WR, Committed to Louisville

Quick had one of the best days out of any recruit on Saturday.

Not only did he announce his decision to stay in his home state and play at Louisville on national TV. But on top of that, he caught the game-winning touchdown pass for the East squad.

Not a bad day, huh?


Thomas Tyner, RB, Committed to Oregon

Chip Kelly is on his way out, but the Ducks will not lack for speed with Tyner on the way.

Tyner, a 4-star recruit from Oregon, made a big impression at the game thanks to his quick feet. His 4.3 speed was on full display, as he made a number of shifty runs and quick bursts.

But, perhaps the most impressive and important thing he showed was an ability to run between the tackles, a big question mark for him entering the game.

Tyner had no problem doing so on Saturday and should provide the Ducks with yet another speedster to utilize next season.