Army All-American Game 2014: Last-Minute Guide to High School Football Showcase

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2014

Courtesy of 247Sports

Some of the best recruits in the class of 2014 will be on display in San Antonio for the 2014 Army All-American Game.

Since 2000, the event has featured plenty of college football's future stars. It's a great opportunity to watch that prized recruit before he heads to campus in a few months.

Or if you're DeSean Jackson, it's a great time to show off how great you are when it comes to leaping short of the goal line.

Either way, the Army All-American Game is must-see television for any college football fan.

The key, though, will be figuring out which players deserve the most attention.

Obviously, if you like a college power, you'll gravitate toward that school's players. It's a little harder for fans who don't support Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Texas, etc.

Here's a quick look at two players from each team who should be entertaining to watch.

You can view the entire rosters on the game's official website.


When: Saturday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra


East Stars to Watch

Will Grier, QB, Davidson Day High School (Florida)

Is Will Grier the answer to Florida's quarterback problems?

Both Tyler Murphy and Jeff Driskel struggled mightily this year, which played a large part in the Gators' 4-8 record in 2013. No matter who was under center for Will Muschamp, they were equally awful.

The good news is that Grier is on his way to Gainesville.

He is the second-best pro-style quarterback in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and the 31st-best player in the country.

Grier has a good arm, but what's most noticeable is his ability to read the field and deliver the ball right in the numbers. He's an accurate passer and should thrive in Florida. Gators fans will have hope for the future after watching him play.


Marshon Lattimore, CB, Glenville High School

So much of the fun of the Army All-American Game comes from seeing where the recruits who have yet to commit will end up.

Marshon Lattimore is one of those players, and he's said that he'll choose where he's going on Saturday.

It's a decision that will likely go down to the wire, as Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports reported that Lattimore is still unsure:

Lattimore has both the talent and polish to succeed at the collegiate level. He's such a good athlete that it wouldn't be a surprise to see him play a little bit at wide receiver in a year or two. Maybe he can get a few plays at wideout on Saturday.


West Stars to Watch

Kyle Allen, QB, Desert Mountain High School (Texas A&M)

What an embarrassment of riches for Texas A&M. Right as the Aggies look destined to see the back of Johnny Manziel, they welcome in Kyle Allen. He's the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Don't let the pro-style designation fool you, though. Allen is an athletic quarterback who's more than capable of scrambling out of the pocket.

Labeling him the "next Johnny Manziel" is too big a step, but he's certainly of that mold, which should help his transition to the collegiate level. The offense is already equipped to fit his style.

It helps that Allen will be joined by Speedy Noil when he gets to College Station.'s Scott Kennedy thinks Texas A&M shouldn't have any problems moving on from Manziel:


KD Cannon, WR, Mount Pleasant High School (Baylor)

It's scary to think about where KD Cannon could go in the high-powered Baylor offense. He should flourish as a true freshman with Bryce Petty under center.

Some guys simply win the genetic lottery and are much better than you'll ever be. Cannon is scary when it comes to his physical tools. He's a burner who can beat the corner off the line of scrimmage and race down the sideline. Give this guy a couple of yards, and he's gone.

If you tried to create the perfect receiver for Art Briles and the Bears, Cannon would be the final product. Watching him in this game will be a lot of fun.