Army All-American Bowl 2014: Complete Breakdown of Each Team
The Army All-American Bowl annually showcases America's top football talent. The 2014 edition occurs at 1 pm. EST on Saturday, Jan. 4 on NBC and features outstanding collegiate prospects on both sides of the ball.
This game dates back to 2000, highlighted by future NFL stars like LeSean McCoy, Andrew Luck, Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson. We examine the outstanding players who aim to add to proud history while representing the East and West squads.
Prolific passer Will Grier posted surreal statistics during his high school career in North Carolina. The Florida commit completed 887 passes for 195 touchdowns and nearly 15,000 yards in three seasons as the starting quarterback at Davidson Day, per MaxPreps.
Jacob Park is headed to Georgia in 2014 for his freshman season. The 6'3", 202-pound passer picks apart opponents with precision and underrated mobility.
Virginia product Caleb Henderson will also play. He is committed to North Carolina.
Kentucky identified quarterback Drew Barker as a top in-state target early in the recruiting cycle. The efforts paid off, and he is slated to become a Wildcat.
Jerrod Heard cemented his legacy as a champion and dual-threat playmaker throughout an illustrious high school career in Texas. He committed to the Longhorns as a sophomore.
East: Running Backs
Nick Chubb churned out more than 2,000 rushing yards in each of the past two season, rising up Georgia state rushing lists in the process. He opted to stay in state by committing to the Bulldogs.
He isn't the only big-time ball-carrier headed to Athens in 2014. Florida standout Sony Michel will team up with Chubb at Georgia and in San Antonio.
West: Running Backs
Mixon remains uncommitted, though he is down to a final three. The 5-star prospect identifies Oklahoma, UCLA and Wisconsin as his favorites.
Nathan Starks, a Colorado standout, is also undecided. He is heavily considering USC, Alabama, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.
Christian McCaffrey, another Colorado playmaker, is headed to Stanford.
East: Wide Receivers
Myles Autry remains on the open recruiting market. A product of Georgia powerhouse Norcross, he is likely to decide between Florida State, Georgia, Oregon and Georgia Tech.
Uncommitted Virginia receiver Jamil Kamara is considering a long list of options. Wisconsin, Virginia and Pittsburgh appear to be top contenders in the pursuit for his services.
West: Wide Receivers
Mark Andrews was the main target of top-ranked quarterback Kyle Allen at Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, Ariz.). His efforts earned him an opportunity to compete at Oklahoma.
LSU commit Trey Quinn captured the all-time national receiving yardage record during his senior season. Still, he may be the most underrated recruit from Louisiana, a state loaded with offensive talent this year.
East: Tight Ends
Nic Weishar heads to South Bend, where the Fighting Irish already have quite a pedigree in place at the tight end position. He is one of two players at the position in Notre Dame's 2014 class.
West: Tight Ends
California prospect Bryce Dixon is arguably the most coveted tight end prospect in the country. He is weighing offers from UCLA, USC, Oregon and Texas A&M.
Expect the 6'4" target to get plenty of snaps Saturday
East: Offensive Line
Illinois offensive lineman Brian Allen is bound for Michigan State, while Florida product Mason Cole will compete for rival Michigan. New Jersey native Quenton Nelson has the makings of a dominant tackle at Notre Dame.
He will be joined in Athens by Florida standout Isaiah Wynn.
Bentley Spain, one of the top tackles in the mid-Atlantic, is committed to North Carolina.
West: Offensive Line
Texas commit Terrell Cuney helps anchor the West's offensive front, along with Arizona guard Natrell Curtis. Wisconsin lands yet another standout offensive lineman in Jaden Gault, who will show off his skills in San Antonio.
The Trojans also aim to add another game participant in guard Damien Mama, who is the top-ranked player at his position in 247Sports' composite rankings.
East: Defensive Line
Defensive end Jesse Aniebonam fielded offers from throughout the country but ultimately settled on his home state squad with a commitment to Maryland. Tackle Khairi Clark can make an impact in various positions along the interior and might be the best incoming defender at Florida.
Kentucky star Matt Elam is rated the nation's No. 2 defensive tackle prospect by 247Sports. His recruitment process is down to the in-state Wildcats and Alabama.
West: Defensive Line
McDowell is undecided when it comes to a commitment but is strongly considering Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State.
Sacramento star Nifae Lealao is one of the nation's top strong-side defensive ends. He is committed to Stanford.
Rogers is committed to Clemson.
Former USC pledge Derik Calhoun cuts off rushing lanes with tenacity. He committed to Arizona State midway through his senior season.
Illinois prospect Nyles Morgan is rated the nation's No. 3 inside linebacker in 247Sports' composite rankings.
He remains uncommitted, focusing on Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Florida.
California product Dwight Williams and New Orleans native Kenny Young also remain undecided. Williams is considering a wide array of programs, including USC, LSU and Oklahoma. LSU is also a favorite for Young.
East: Defensive Backs
Florida playmaker Chris Lammons is a South Carolina commit, while promising Pennsylvania safety Montae Nicholson recently pledged to Michigan State. Georgia prospects Nick Ruffin and Malkom Parrish will play for Auburn and Georgia, respectively.
Lattimore is viewed as a strong Ohio State lean, although Oregon and Alabama remain in the mix. Smith also seems likely to end up in Columbus.
West: Defensive Backs
Nick Harvey ranks among the top cover corners in Texas. He will play at College Station for the Aggies. Longtime Ole Miss commit C.J. Hampton briefly decommited to consider Alabama in late December but ultimately re-affirmed his pledge to the Rebels.