Winners and Losers of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2014

Winners and Losers of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

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    In a decidedly one-sided U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, several future college football stars made their names known.

    As the West smashed the East 28-6, Texas A&M commit Kyle Allen, Oklahoma commit Joe Mixon and several other high school prospects put forth huge performances.

    Mixon announced his commitment during the fourth quarter, as did several other recruits.

    Ohio State pulled in two blue-chip defensive backs, while Texas A&M, Notre Dame, USC and Virginia were among the schools to see new additions Saturday.

    Click on to see which schools and players brought in the biggest hauls at the Alamodome. 


    Note: All ratings based on 247Sports Composite Rankings, unless otherwise noted.

Winner: Ohio State

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    Key Commitments: S Erick Smith, CB Marshon Lattimore

    One of the best recruiting classes in the nation grew even stronger Saturday.

    A pair of 4-star defensive backs—safety Erick Smith and cornerback Marshon Lattimore—pledged to Ohio State, which boasts the No. 2 class in the nation.

    Smith, who led the East with six tackles, was wavering on his commitment earlier in the week, but ultimately decided to announce his intentions to become a Buckeye. 

    He committed in the first half, citing Lattimore as a major reason for his decision. In doing so, he spoiled Lattimore's announcement, which came in the fourth quarter.

    Regardless, the two highly touted Glenville High School products will be heading to Columbus.

Draw: UCLA

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    Key Commitment: LB Dwight Williams

    Key Miss: RB Joe Mixon

    Linebacker Dwight Williams pulled a fast one with his announcement.

    Earlier this week, the 4-star tweeted a picture of himself with five hats representing his five college choices and UCLA wasn't one of them.

    Then at the Alamodome, there sat a Bruins hat on the table and the Gardena, Calif., native picked it up, announcing his pledge to Jim Mora's club in Westwood. While it might have made UCLA fans nervous, all's well that ends well.

    However, while UCLA's day started strong, it didn't end as well. 

    The Bruins missed out on No. 1 all-purpose back Joe Mixon, an Oakley, Calif., native who chose Oklahoma.

Draw: Oklahoma

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    Key Commitment: RB Joe Mixon

    Key Miss: LB Dwight Williams

    It looked as though Oklahoma was in for a nightmare at the U.S. Army Bowl.

    The Sooners were hoping for two commitments from Dwight Williams and Joe Mixon.

    Williams appeared to be an OU lean but pulled the trigger for UCLA instead. When he announced his pledge, it seemed likely Mixon would do the same later in the game.

    However, the talented running back gave the Sooners a late win when he donned the crimson and cream cap in the fourth quarter.

    Mixon also had an outstanding day on the field—but more on that later.

Loser: Wisconsin

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    Key Misses: WR Jamil Kamara, RB Joe Mixon

    Wisconsin was in the mix for two key prospects at the Army All-American Bowl but missed out on both blue-chip recruits.

    The Badgers first missed on 4-star receiver Jamil Kamara, a Virginia Beach native who chose to stay close to home with his commitment to Virginia.

    After losing Kamara to UVA, they were snubbed by running back Joe Mixon, who will be heading to Oklahoma.

    It could've been a great day for the Badgers, but they came up empty handed. 

Winner: QB Kyle Allen

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    Committed: Texas A&M

    Carrying the label as the No. 1 quarterback in the nation, Kyle Allen brought high expectations into San Antonio. As the West's starter, he lived up to the billing.

    The Scottsdale, Ariz., native showed great poise and accuracy, as well as some surprising athleticism.

    He finished 12-of-18 passing for a game-high 183 yards. Future teammate Frank Iheanacho, who committed to the Aggies in the first quarter, brought in two receptions for 17 yards.

    There were some issues with fumbled snaps, though that kind of mistake is understandable in All-American exhibitions.

    Even with a few bumps in the road, Allen will head to College Station with much promise for Kevin Sumlin's spread offense.

Losers: East Offensive Coaches

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    It isn't the easiest task to manage a team while trying to allocate snaps equally among players.

    However, the East staff—headed by North Gwinnett (Ga.) coach Bob Sphire—made it look harder than starting a fire under water.

    They elected to play musical quarterbacks, changing signal-callers after as little as one play. This didn't allow for any of the quarterbacks to establish any type of rhythm.

    As a result, all of the quarterbacks struggled. The East QBs threw for 113 yards with one interception and no touchdowns.

    The East offense totaled just 131 yards in the loss.

Winner: RB Joe Mixon

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    Committed: Oklahoma

    Named the game's MVP, 5-star all-purpose back Joe Mixon had a remarkable performance at the Alamodome.

    The Oakley, Calif., native made one of the most impressive plays of the day, taking a screen pass 26 yards.

    On that play and throughout the contest, Mixon showed a lethal blend of size, speed, power and quickness. He also punched in one short touchdown run.

    The 6'2", 195-pounder will make an instant impact at the next level.

Winner: DE Dante Sawyer

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    Committed: South Carolina

    South Carolina may have found its next Jadeveon Clowney.

    With the big No. 7 headed off to the NFL, the Gamecocks will bring in another future star on the defensive line, 4-star Dante Sawyer.

    One of the East's biggest bright spots, the Suwanee, Ga., native logged a game-high three sacks.

    Just like he wreaked havoc on the West offense, he'll be doing the same in the SEC soon.

Winner: RB Royce Freeman

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    Committed: Oregon

    Oregon is used to having a bevy of speed in its backfield, but it'll soon be adding a powerful back in Royce Freeman.

    The future Duck bruised his way to three rushing touchdowns and 21 yards on just five carries.

    The West coaches used him as a battering ram on the goal line, leading to the three scores.

    While the West coaches found a use for him, Mark Helfrich and the Ducks are likely already at home drawing up plays for the 4-star RB from Imperial, Calif.

Winner: WR K.D. Cannon

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    Committed: Baylor

    Baylor and talented wide receivers go together like bread and butter, and yet another skilled pass-catcher will be joining the growing lineage in Waco.

    Composite 5-star K.D. Cannon was one of the offensive stars of the U.S. Army Bowl, bringing in three receptions for 65 yards—both game-highs.

    The 6-foot, 162-pounder from Mount Pleasant, Texas, displayed some outstanding toughness in the second quarter, bringing down a reception and enduring a crushing hit to set up a touchdown. He also made an impressive grab from Kyle Allen along the sideline.

    Don't be surprised if Cannon is on the field catching passes right away when he arrives in Waco.