Army All-American Game Roster 2014: Sleepers to Watch in Recruiting Showcase

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2014

Jan 5, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; General view of the All American Bowl logo before the start of the high school football game between the West and East at the Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl features some of the best high school football players in the country, although not all of them are well-known just yet.

This week's Under Armour All-America Game has become the top destination for elite talent among recruits; however, big names, such as running back Sony Michel and offensive tackle David Sharpe, represent a deep class of prospects that will be at the Alamodome for this showcase.

Additionally, this is a chance for some of the less-heralded players to prove that they should be rated higher on recruiting boards.

Here are some of the biggest sleepers that will be on display at the Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4, along with full rosters of each team.

 

Frank Iheanacho, WR, Undecided

A lot of aspects of being a receiver can be taught; however, you cannot teach someone how to be 6'7".

Frank Iheanacho has incredible size, but he still has enough speed to stick at the position throughout his career. Greg Powers of Scout.com provides a look at the possibilities:

Iheanacho is obviously a huge target that will automatically be a safety net for whichever quarterback gets the pleasure of throwing him the football. Additionally, the Texas native will be a big-time red-zone target who could easily score double-digit touchdowns in a season at the next level.

While he is still relatively raw in this sport, he has the size and athletic ability to transform into one of the top receivers in the nation. 

Iheanacho will likely decide between Texas A&M, Oregon and LSU during the game.

 

Jesse Aniebonam, DE, Maryland

It is always hard to predict how young players will turn potential into production, but Jesse Aniebonam is built to succeed at the next level.

The 6'4", 230-pound defensive end/outside linebacker has the speed and athleticism to be a dominant pass-rusher off the edge. While he needs to add more weight, he has a big enough frame that will allow him to add plenty of muscle once he gets into a college strength program.

At this point, his biggest problem is inconsistency; however, Josh Helmholdt of Rivals.com points out that Aniebonam can come back strong from bad showings:

As he gets experience, he will learn how to make plays more often until he becomes a complete defensive player.

After deciding to stay at home to play at Maryland, Aniebonam will likely see the field relatively quickly. 

 

Drew Barker, QB, Kentucky

Since Kentucky is not known as a football school, not many top prospects from the area choose to stick around; however, Drew Barker is making a real difference for the Wildcats.

The pro-style quarterback has good size and the arm strength that any team would love from the position. His accuracy is not elite yet, but it has been steadily improving and could be a plus by the time he is an upperclassman. 

Of course, quarterbacks want to play with talented players. The good news is that he is taking matters into his own hands, according to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio:

Top players are already believing in what Barker has to say, which points to his leadership ability.

It will be an uphill battle for Kentucky to be relevant in the SEC, but this quarterback has a chance to be a legend in Lexington.

East Roster
Name.Pos.SchoolLocation
Nick AllegrettiOLLincoln Way East High SchoolFrankfort, IL
Brian AllenOLHinsdale Central High SchoolHinsdale, IL
Bryson Allen-WilliamsLBCedar Grove High SchoolEllenwood, GA
Jesse AniebonamDLOur Lady of Good Counsel High SchoolOlney, MD
Myles AutryRBNorcross High SchoolNorcross, GA
Dante BookerLBSt. Vincent -St. Mary High SchoolAkron, OH
Nick ChubbRBCedartown High SchoolCedartown, GA
Khairi ClarkDLChaminade Madonna College PrepHollywood, FL
Mason ColeOLEast Lake High SchoolTarpon Springs, FL
Corbin DalyPKArdrey Kell High SchoolCharlotte, NC
Shaquille DavidsonWRGaffney Senior High SchoolGaffney, SC
Johnnie DixonWRWilliam T. Dwyer High SchoolPalm Beach Gardens, FL
Matthew ElamDLJohn Hardin High SchoolElizabethtown , KY
Will GrierQBDavidson Day SchoolDavidson, NC
Shaun HamiltonLBCarver High SchoolMontgomery, AL
Treon HarrisDBBooker T. Washington High SchoolMiami, FL
Caleb HendersonQBLake Braddock Secondary SchoolBurke, VA
Jalyn HolmesDLLake Taylor High SchoolVirginia Beach, VA
Elijah HoodRBCharlotte Catholic High SchoolCharlotte, NC
Jalen HurdRBBeech High SchoolHendersonville, TN
Demetrius JohnsonWRAnnapolis Area Christian SchoolAnnapolis, MD
Marcelys JonesOLGlenville High SchoolCleveland, OH
Freeman JonesPKBunn High SchoolBunn, NC
Jamil KamaraWRBishop Sullivan Catholic High SchoolVirginia Beach, VA
Todd Kelly Jr.DBWebb School of KnoxvilleKnoxville, TN
Demarre KittWRSandy Creek High SchoolTyrone, GA
Chris LammonsDBPlantation High SchoolPlantation, FL
Marshon LattimoreWRGlenville High SchoolCleveland, OH
Joshua MaloneWRStation Camp High SchoolGallatin, TN
Sony MichelRBAmerican Heritage SchoolPlantation, FL
Kevin MouhonLBNorcross High SchoolNorcross, GA
Quenton NelsonOLRed Bank Catholic High SchoolHolmdel, NJ
Montae NicholsonDBGateway High SchoolMonroeville, PA
Derrick NnadiDLOcean Lakes High SchoolVirginia Beach, VA
Jacob ParkQBStratford High SchoolGoose Creek, SC
Malkom ParrishDBBrooks County High SchoolQuitman, GA
Wyatt PfeiferOLBuckeye Valley High SchoolDelaware, OH
Korie RogersLBBuford High SchoolBuford, GA
Nick RuffinDBSt. Pius X Catholic SchoolAtlanta, GA
Curtis SamuelDBErasmus Hall High SchoolBrooklyn, NY
Dante SawyerDLNorth Gwinnett High SchoolSuwanee, GA
Artavis ScottWREast Lake High SchoolTarpon Springs, FL
David SharpeOLProvidence High SchoolJacksonville, FL
Elisha ShawDLTucker High SchoolTucker, GA
Jordan SimsOLHomewood High SchoolHomewood, AL
Dyshon SimsOLLowndes High SchoolValdosta, GA
Erick SmithDBGlenville High SchoolCleveland, OH
Bentley SpainOLProvidence High SchoolCharlotte, NC
Donell StanleyOLLatta High SchoolLatta, SC
Kentavius StreetDLRose High SchoolGreenville, NC
Travonte ValentineDLChampagnat Catholic High SchoolHialeah, FL
Nic WeisharTEMarist High SchoolChicago, IL
Isaiah WynnOLLakewood High SchoolSaint Petersburg, FL
Richard Yeargin IIILBUniversity SchoolFort Lauderdale, FL
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West Roster
NamePositionSchoolLocation
Kyle AllenQBDesert Mountain High SchoolScottsdale, AZ
Mark AndrewsWRDesert Mountain High SchoolScottsdale, AZ
Budda BakerDBBellevue High SchoolBellevue, WA
Drew BarkerQBConner High SchoolHebron, KY
Jalen BrownWRMountain Pointe High SchoolPhoenix, AZ
D.J. CalhounLBEl Cerrito Senior High SchoolEl Cerrito, CA
KD CannonWRMount Pleasant High SchoolMt.Pleasant, TX
Tanner CarewOLDamien High SchoolLa Verne, CA
Terrell CuneyOLJasper High SchoolJasper, TX
Natrell CurtisOLMountain Pointe High SchoolPhoenix, AZ
Bryce DixonTESt. Bonaventure High SchoolVentura, CA
Devante DownsLBMountlake Terrace High SchoolMountlake Terrace, WA
Josh FrazierDLHar-Ber High SchoolSpringdale, AR
Royce FreemanRBImperial High SchoolImperial, CA
Clifton GarrettLBPlanfield South High SchoolPlainfield, IL
Jaden GaultOLMonona Grove High SchoolMonona , WI
Davon GodchauxDLPlaquemine Senior High SchoolPlaquemine, LA
Naijiel HaleDBSt. John Bosco High SchoolBellflower, CA
Davion HallDBLiberty- Eylau High SchoolTexarkana, TX
C.J. HamptonDBMeridian High SchoolMeridian, MS
Nick HarveyDBTravis High SchoolHouston, TX
Clayton HatfieldPKChampion High SchoolBoerne, TX
Jerrod HeardQBGuyer High SchoolDenton, TX
Connor HumphreysDLCentral Catholic High SchoolPortland, OR
Frank IheanachoWRWestside High SchoolHouston, TX
Bijhon JacksonDLEl Dorado High ScuoolEl Dorado, AR
Demetrius KnoxOLAll Saints Episcopal SchoolFort Worth, TX
Allen LazardWRUrbandale High SchoolUrbandale, IA
Trey LealaimatafaoDLEarl Warren High SchoolSan Antonio, TX
Nifae LealaoDLCaptial Christian SchoolSacramento, CA
Toa LobendahnOLLa Habra High SchoolLa Habra, CA
Damien MamaOLSt. John Bosco High SchoolBellflower, CA
Connor MayesOLVan Alstyne High SchoolVan Alstyne, TX
Christian McCaffreyATHValor Christian High SchoolCastle Rock, CO
Malik McDowellDLSouthfield High SchoolDetroit, MI
Joe MixonRBFreedom High SchoolOakley, CA
Nyles MorganLBCrete-Monee High SchoolCrete, IL
Markell PackWRPurvis High SchoolPurvis, MS
Edward Paris JrDBTimberview High SchoolArlington, TX
Trey QuinnWRBarbe High SchoolLake Charles, LA
Austin RobertsWRCarmel High SchoolCarmel, IN
Zachary SchmidPKFrancis Parker High SchoolSan Diego, CA
Brandon SimmonsDBTimberview High SchoolArlington, TX
Nathan StarksRBCherry Creek High SchoolGreenwood Village, CO
Viane TalamaivaoOLCentennial High SchoolCorona, CA
Ainuu TauaDLLompoc Senior High SchoolLompoc, CA
Sione TeuhemaDLKeller High SchoolKeller, TX
Solomon ThomasDLCoppell High SchoolCoppell, TX
Jaleel WadoodDBSt. John Bosco High SchoolBellflower, CA
Brian WallaceOLChristian Brothers College High SchoolSt. Louis, MO
Damon WebbDBCass Technical High SchoolDetroit, MI
Zach WhitleyLBNorth Shore Senior High SchoolHouston, TX
Dwight WilliamsLBJunipero Serra High SchoolGardena, CA
Kenny YoungLBJohn Curtis Christian High SchoolRiver Ridge, LA
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