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Army All-American Bowl 2014: Top 10 Uncommitted Playmakers to Watch

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystDecember 31, 2013

Army All-American Bowl 2014: Top 10 Uncommitted Playmakers to Watch

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    New Orleans LB Kenny Young.
    New Orleans LB Kenny Young.247Sports

    The 2014 Army All-American Bowl kicks off at 1 p.m. EST Saturday on NBC, showcasing an abundance of exciting playmakers. While the majority of players have already announced their collegiate intentions, several remain uncommitted.

    We take a closer look at the prospects still searching for a perfect fit at the next level.

    Here are the top 10 uncommitted recruits to keep an eye on in San Antonio.

10. 4-Star TE Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif.)

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    St. Bonaventure standout Bryce Dixon is in high demand as national signing day approaches. The 6'4", 220-pound pass target is rated the nation's No. 2 tight end prospect in 247Sports composite rankings.

    Dixon presents a mismatch in the intermediate passing game and can present a vertical threat downfield. He remains one of the premier uncommitted recruits in California and is being sought after by the majority of Pac-12 programs.

    Oregon, UCLA and USC are among teams in contention for his commitment. Texas A&M is also in the hunt.

     

9. 4-Star DT Elisha Shaw (Tucker, Ga.)

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    Defensive tackle Elisha Shaw is a dominant interior disruptor. He is able to shed tacklers and chase down quarterbacks.

    The 6'4.5", 295-pound Georgia product plays with ferocity and his physical abilities have garnered nationwide attention. Shaw is seemingly headed to the SEC.

    His short list of potential destinations include Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Ole Miss.

8. 4-Star ATH Nathan Starks (Englewood, Colo.)

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    Nathan Starks is a versatile contributor on both sides of the ball. He has the tools to excel at safety but is more likely to end up in the offensive backfield at the next level.

    The 5'11", 200-pound Colorado product is a punishing runner and displayed excellent vision while starring at Cherry Creek High School. Expect to see him line up at running back in San Antonio.

    Starks burst onto the scene as a junior, when he tallied more than 2,000 total yards and 30 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. 

    He is strongly considering offers from Notre Dame, USC, Alabama and Oklahoma.

     

7. 4-Star LB Kenny Young (New Orleans, La.)

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    New Orleans linebacker Kenny Young starred for national powerhouse John Curtis Christian. The 6'2", 220-pound run-stuffer sets the tone in the heart of a defense.

    He enjoyed a monster season as a senior. Young erupted for 122 tackles, including 14 tackles for a loss, and four sacks this fall. Recruiting interest is abound for the linebacker.

    His offer sheet includes LSU, Texas A&M and Florida State.

6. 4-Star ATH Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va.)

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    Abundant athleticism defines Jamil Kamara's football pedigree. The 6'2", 211-pound Virginia prospect is ready to make an immediate splash next season where a role at wide receiver probably awaits.

    He enjoyed an extremely productive high school career. Kamara caught 110 passes for 2,150 yards and 33 touchdowns during the past two seasons, per 247Sports.

    The Bishop Sullivan Catholic star is weighing offers from Wisconsin, Virginia and Pittsburgh. He spent official visits at each program.

     

5. 4-Star DT Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky.)

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    Few uncommitted defenders command as much attention as Matt Elam. The top-ranked player in Kentucky is tailor-made to compete early at the collegiate level.

    Elam accumulated 85 tackles and four sacks during his senior season at John Hardin High School, per 247Sports. He is ranked the nation's second-best defensive tackle by 247Sports.

    The 6'5", 350-pound beast announced a top two of Alabama and Kentucky in December, dropping Notre Dame from his favorites.

4. 4-Star DE Malik McDowell (Detroit, Mich.)

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    Malik McDowell dominates off the edge with athleticism and has the size to hold his own inside. The 6'7", 290-pound defender hails from Southfield High School in the Detroit area.

    His senior season featured 89 tackles and seven sacks, per 247Sports. McDowell also forced three fumbles.

    He is likely to compete in the Big Ten Conference with either Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State.

3. 4-Star CB Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland, Ohio)

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    Cleveland cornerback Marshon Lattimore is a multidimensional defender who holds his own in coverage and run support. The Glenville High School star is the top-rated Ohio prospect in 247Sports composite rankings.

    He is listed as the nation's No. 5 cornerback recruit in the same rating system. Lattimore has long been viewed as an Ohio State lean but there are several options on the table.

    Alabama, Oregon and USC are among the Buckeyes' biggest competitors.

2. 4-Star LB Nyles Morgan (Crete, Ill.)

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    Illinois standout Nyles Morgan is an outstanding inside linebacker who may be the best available player at his position. The 6'2.5", 230-pound Crete-Monee High School star is a dominant force who stacks up statistics.

    He registered 342 tackles in the past three seasons, per 247Sports. Those totals include 10 sacks.

    Morgan holds dozens of offers but appears to be down to a small cluster of choices. Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Florida are a few of the top options.

     

1. 5-Star OG Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif.)

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    Damien Mama is the country's top-ranked offensive guard, according to 247Sports composite ratings. Give USC a slight edge, but his recruiting race remains wide open.

    The 6'4", 370-pound prospect has spent time on campuses across the country. Mama views BYU, UCLA and Alabama as other viable options.

    He is dominant off the snap and delivers dominant performances on a regular basis. With improved physical conditioning, Mama is in line for early reps.

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