Under Armour All-America Game 2014: Top 10 Uncommitted Playmakers to Watch
The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is an opportunity for college football fans to catch a glimpse of their favorite program's incoming freshman phenoms. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. Thursday on ESPN, features future Wolverines, Trojans, Gators and Bulldogs.
But not every recruiting process is complete at this point.
Several stars are still determining their ultimate collegiate destinations. Here we rank the top 10 uncommitted prospects scheduled to play Saturday.
10. 4-Star WR Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Cardinal Newman wide receiver Travis Rudolph is a highly coveted pass target who looks every bit the part of a compete playmaker. The 6'1", 185-pound prospect accelerates with ease and shows excellent mid-route adjustment.
He enjoyed his best high school season in 2013. Rudolph caught 63 passes for more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns, per 247 Sports.
His most recent official visit took him to Alabama in mid-December. Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida and Miami are among his other top options.
9. 4-Star OG Braden Smith (Olathe, Kans.)
Few players in the country can boast the raw physical power of offensive guard Braden Smith. The 6'6", 290-pound Kansas standout is an overwhelming run-blocker with quickness to pull and clear rushing lanes.
He is ranked the nation's No. 3 overall offensive guard prospect in 247 Sports' rankings. Smith is scheduled to spend official visits at Notre Dame, TCU and Texas A&M.
Those three programs appear to be atop a list that also features Alabama, Auburn and Michigan.
8. 4-Star LB Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala.)
Auburn native Rashaan Evans is one of the top available linebackers in SEC country. The 6'3", 220-pound defender patrols the field from sideline to sideline and rarely misses a tackle.
Evans racked up 77 tackles this season, including 43 for loss. He added 17.5 sacks.
The hometown Tigers are still in the mix for his services, but Auburn is hardly alone. Georgia, Alabama, UCLA and Ole Miss are also options.
7. 5-Star CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas)
Texas standout Tony Brown torched quarterbacks throughout his high school career and has the skill set to do the same in college. The 6-foot, 188-pound Ozen cornerback commands respect from any passer and disrupts routes with physicality.
Brown is an outstanding tackler and didn't wait to prove it. He accounted for 95 tackles as a freshman, according to 247 Sports.
His recruitment process centers on some of the top teams in FBS action. LSU, Texas, Ohio State, USC and Alabama are hot on Brown's trail.
6. 5-Star WR Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, La.)
Malachi Dupre was the main offensive weapon on national powerhouse John Curtis Christian, the 2012 national champions. The rangy 6'2.5", 187-pound receiver is also an accomplished high-jump and long-jump champion.
His 40-inch vertical leap (per NOLA.com) is a sign of his tremendous athleticism. Dupre is a dominant pass-catcher on the outside edge and becomes even more dangerous in the red zone.
Dupre will decide between some of the country's top BCS title contenders. Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, UCLA and Florida State are top contenders to land the playmaker.
5. 5-Star ATH Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif.)
Southern California star Adoree' Jackson is one of the most athletic players in the entire country. The 5'9.5", 182-pound Junipero Serra High School standout is a threat on either side of the ball.
He could line up at receiver or running back on offense, but a future at cornerback is likely in the cards. He picked off 17 passes during the past three seasons, per 247 Sports.
Jackson has several schools still in hot pursuit. USC and Florida appear to be front-runners, but Tennessee, UCLA and Oregon still aim to secure his commitment.
4. 5-Star DE Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.)
Defensive end Lorenzo Carter racked up eye-popping numbers during his high school career. The 6'5", 232-pound pass-rusher starred at perennial Georgia power Norcross.
Carter tallied 268 tackles and 24 sacks during his final two high school seasons. His efforts included 45 tackles for loss.
Carter could play in any conference, but it appears the SEC is a likely landing spot. LSU, Georgia and Florida are firmly in the picture.
3. 5-Star WR Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La.)
Speedy Noil is another stud prospect from New Orleans. The 5'10.5", 176-pound playmaker from Edna Karr played primarily quarterback this season but has the skill set of a top-flight pass target.
He is rated the nation's No. 11 overall prospect and top wide receiver recruit in 247 Sports' composite rankings. Teams throughout the country targeted Noil, who spent official visits at Texas A&M and LSU.
Noil is expected to unveil his highly anticipated announcement on Thursday. Aside from the Aggies and Tigers, his top offers include Alabama, Oregon and Florida State.
2. 5-Star OT Damian Prince (District Heights, Md.)
Damian Prince is a dominant bookend on the offensive front. His athleticism and foot quickness set the stage for him to excel at left tackle in college.
The 6'5", 295-pound tackle demonstrates polished technique and can anchor a line early in his collegiate career. 247 Sports' composite rankings list him as the nation's No. 2 prospect at his position.
Prince is considering staying in-state at Maryland but leaves his options open. Florida State, Miami, Florida and South Carolina are also in the mix.
1. 5-Star RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La.)