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US Army All-American Bowl 2014: Commitment Tracker and Recruit Highlights

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 4, 2014

US Army All-American Bowl 2014: Commitment Tracker and Recruit Highlights

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    The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl is taking place today in San Antonio at the Alamodome. This is another outstanding high school all-star game that features many of the country's best recruits.

    While watching the top prospects play in these settings is always great, hearing where they are finally going to college is even greater. Today, several recruits will be announcing where they will sign in February, according to 247Sports, and this tracker will have reactions and analysis on each announcement.

    Keep it here on your computer while you watch the game!

     

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

     

Joe Mixon, RB

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    Commitment

    Cal, UCLA and Wisconsin will not be seeing Joe Mixon score touchdowns for them. Instead, he will be playing in Norman for Oklahoma, as he put on an OU hat. Mixon is a fantastic fit for the Sooners' spread offense, as he can factor as a runner and receiver out of the backfield.

     

    Scouting Report

    Mixon is a 5-star running back from California who is 6'2" and 195 pounds. He runs with good power inside, but has enough straight-line speed to make big plays when he clears the second level.

    He is also comfortable in the passing game, as Mixon displays natural receiving skills and impressive hands for a running back.

Marshon Lattimore, CB

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    Commitment

    Score another one for the Buckeyes, as Marshon Lattimore is headed to Ohio State. He claimed Erick Smith let the cat out of the bag earlier with his commitment, but the teammates will continue their partnership in Columbus, nonetheless. Whether on offense or defense, Lattimore will be a playmaker for the Buckeyes.

     

    Scouting Report

    Hailing from Cleveland,  Lattimore is an athletic 4-star defensive back who is 6'0" and 175 pounds. With his ball skills, speed and instincts, he can excel at cornerback and safety, plus he also has the ability to play receiver, quarterback or running back.

Nyles Morgan, LB

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    Commitment

    After taking a slow and methodical approach to his recruitment, Nyles Morgan has committed to Notre Dame. He'll stay close to home in the Midwest, while playing inside/middle linebacker for the Irish. Head coach Brian Kelly continues to build a solid defense in South Bend.

     

    Scouting Report

    Hailing from Illinois, Morgan is a physical 4-star linebacker who doesn't back down from anyone on the field. The 6'1", 225-pounder has the strength to play inside, but he also has enough speed and range to work on the flanks.

    Morgan plays with good vision and instincts, plus he loves to mix it up at the point of attack.

Bryce Dixon, TE

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    Commitment

    Bryce Dixon will "Fight On" at USC, choosing to spurn UCLA, while Miami also had a hat on his table. With Steve Sarkisian now at the helm, the Trojans will run an up-tempo/no-huddle attack. Dixon will likely need to add more bulk and strength to his frame to hold up as an in-line blocker, but his value in Troy will be maximized in the passing game.

     

    Scouting Report

    Dixon is a 4-star tight end from California who plays more like a receiver. The 6'4", 220-pounder is a nightmare in the seams due to his great speed and hands.

    Dixon launches out of his stance to immediately threaten back-seven defenders before separating at junctions. His hands are sticky, plus he has the ability to run away from safeties after the catch.

Frank Iheanacho, WR

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    Commitment

    While Oregon and LSU had hats on Frank Iheanacho's table, he chose to commit to Texas A&M. He should form a monster tandem on the perimeter with current Aggies receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, with 5-star commit Speedy Noil in the slot.

    SEC cornerbacks have been warned.

     

    Scouting Report

    Iheanacho is a 4-star receiver from Houston who has exceptional size at 6'7" and 220 pounds. He spent last year focusing on basketball, so he's a late arrival to the college football recruiting scene.

    However, Iheanacho has deceptive quickness when releasing off the line, plus he can climb on top of secondaries with above-average speed. He's a raw route-runner, but Iheanacho has natural ball skills and athleticism.

     

Erick Smith, S

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    Commitment

    With a crew around him at the table, Erick Smith shocked no one by putting on a hat representing Ohio State. He attends Glenville Academy in Cleveland, which is a Buckeyes pipeline. Smith should help in Ohio State's secondary in a season or two.

     

    Scouting Report

    Smith is a 4-star safety from Ohio with solid speed and awareness. The 6'1", 185-pounder is a defensive back who is at his best when roaming in zone coverage and driving to close on balls underneath him.

    He can play both safety positions, plus he should be a factor on special teams. 

Dwight Williams, OLB

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    Commitment

    Oklahoma, Clemson, Florida, LSU and UCLA all had hats on Dwight Williams' table. However, he could only choose one, which was the Bruins cap. Williams will stay right at home in Los Angeles, as he should be a great fit in the Pac-12.

     

    Scouting Report

    At 6'1" and 205 pounds, 4-star linebacker Williams lacks impressive size—but he makes up for it with athleticism, agility, speed, range and awareness.

    In fact, Williams could be on pace to develop into a hybrid strong safety-outside linebacker-rover role in college. He should excel at covering tight ends and running backs. 

Jamil Kamara, ATH

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    Commitment

    Jamil Kamara decided to stay close to home by putting on a Virginia hat. He'll play for head coach Mike London, who is bringing in perhaps his best recruiting class since arriving in Charlottesville. It'll be interesting to see where London plays Kamara, as there are several options.

     

    Scouting Report

    At 6'2" and 211 pounds, 4-star athlete Kamara is an interesting recruit from Virginia who can play several positions. Kamara has spent some time at quarterback, but receiver or safety will likely be his position in college.

    He has a thick frame, plus he displays good agility and solid speed. Also, do not be surprised if he grows into an outside linebacker. 

Brian Wallace, OT

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    Commitment

    Brian Wallace became the first recruit to announce his decision today, as he chose to put on an Arkansas hat. Alabama and Iowa also had hats on the table. Wallace will eventually become the cornerstone of Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema's offensive line.

     

    Scouting Report

    Due to his potential to play left tackle, Wallace is a hot 4-star offensive lineman on the recruiting trail. The St. Louis native is 6'6" and 305 pounds, which is more than enough size to hold up in the trenches.

    Wallace bends well at the knees, plus he has good quickness to get out of his stance at the snap. He flashes great agility and athletic ability to shadow rushers, as well as adequate strength to move defensive linemen as a run-blocker. 

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    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

     

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