Army All-America Bowl 2014: Ranking the Top 8 Offensive Recruits
The Army All-American Bowl annually features phenomenal football talent from every region of the country. Kickoff occurs Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, broadcast live at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
Offensive fireworks are expected in a contest that has featured Adrian Peterson, AJ McCarron, Andrew Luck and LeSean McCoy in past years. The 2014 game is filled with playmakers who follow in line with that legacy, and here we rate the top offensive prospects to watch.
*Ratings based on 247 Sports' composite rankings.
8. 4-Star RB Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif.)
Running back Royce Freeman wrapped up his high school career as San Diego's all-time leader rusher. The Imperial standout gained 2,625 yards on the ground this season, scoring 41 touchdowns in the process, per 247 Sports.
Freeman's performance fueled national attention and earned him high ratings among recruits. He is listed as the country's No. 8 running back prospect in 247 Sports' composite rankings.
The Oregon Ducks landed Freeman in July.
7. 5-Star RB Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif.)
Freedom High School star Joe Mixon makes defensive coordinators lose sleep with his dual-threat abilities out of the offensive backfield. He does damage in the passing game and can shoulder the load as a ball-carrier.
Mixon is rated the nation's No. 1 all-purpose back in 247 Sports' composite rankings. He rushed for 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior, adding three receiving scores, per MaxPreps.
Mixon remains uncommitted. He announced a final three of Wisconsin, UCLA and Oklahoma.
6. 4-Star QB Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas)
If Jerrod Heard sticks with his commitment to Texas, the new Longhorns coaching regime will inherit a special talent at quarterback. The 6'2.5", 190-pound playmaker thrived in high school; he emerged as a star during his sophomore season and eventually claimed state championship glory.
Heard excels as a runner and passer. During the past three seasons, he rushed for 67 touchdowns and threw for another 67 scores, per 247 Sports.
He eclipsed 2,000 yards both passing and rushing as a junior and senior. Heard, who pledged to Texas in August 2012, heads to Austin as a heralded talent with lofty expectations.
5. 4-Star WR Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La.)
Barbe High School standout Trey Quinn departs high school as the nation's all-time leader in career receiving yards. The 6'1", 200-pound receiver caught 357 passes for 6,566 yards and 70 touchdowns, per 247 Sports.
Quinn concluded his senior season with 108 receptions for 1,967 yards and 23 touchdowns. He committed to LSU in August.
Expect him to be an active pass target throughout Saturday's action. His route-running is tremendously developed.
4. 5-Star QB Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Desert Mountain High School star Kyle Allen has mighty big shoes to fill at Texas A&M. The 6'2.5", 185-pound prospect picks apart defenses with devastating touch on his deep ball and movement around the pocket.
Allen is the top-rated quarterback in 247 Sports' composite rankings and enjoyed a strong senior season. He passed for 2,535 yards and 29 touchdowns, his third straight season with at least 20 scoring strikes.
The Aggies picked up Allen's commitment in June and will look for him to make an immediate impact if Johnny Manziel leaves early for the NFL as expected.
3. 4-Star RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.)
Georgia commit Nick Chubb emerged as one of the country's dominant offensive forces during his final two seasons at Cedartown High School. The 5'11", 216-pound ball-carrier surpassed 2,600 rushing yards each year, according to 247 Sports.
Chubb rushed for 77 touchdowns between 2012 and 2013. He finished off his high school career with 2,720 rushing yards and 39 scores this season.
The Bulldogs managed to keep Chubb in his home state with a June pledge. Georgia edged out several SEC foes for his services.
2. 5-Star OG Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif.)
St. John Bosco won a state title with dominant guard Damien Mama leading the charge up front. The 6'4", 370-pound specimen surges off the snap and refuses to surrender leverage.
Mama is rated the nation's top player at his position in 247 Sports' composite rankings. The coveted blocker remains uncommitted.
He is strongly considering offers from BYU, USC, Alabama and UCLA.
1. 5-Star QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.)
Will Grier spent his high school career posting video game numbers that require a second look. The prolific 6'3", 187-pound passer led Davidson Day to a 12-1 season this year.
Since his sophomore campaign, Grier completed 887 passes for 14,565 yards and 195 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. His efforts extended to the rushing game, as he gained 2,955 yards and 31 more scores on the ground.
Grier ended his recruitment early, committing to Florida in December 2012. He is slated to compete for the Gators' starting quarterback position at upcoming spring practice in Gainesville.