US Army All-American Bowl 2014: Top 8 Outstanding Performers

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystJanuary 4, 2014

US Army All-American Bowl 2014: Top 8 Outstanding Performers

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    The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl continued an annual tradition of assembling the nation's best high school seniors in San Antonio. Team West topped Team East 28-6 at the Alamodome in a contest broadcast nationally on NBC.

    The game, which showcases college stars of tomorrow, gave us plenty to discuss. We rate the top eight playmakers who rose to the occasion as the country watched.

8. 4-Star DE Jalyn Holmes (Norfolk, Va.)

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    You won't find Jalyn Holmes' best play in the box score, but it should still stand out for anyone who watched the game. The 6'5", 225-pound defensive end displayed elite athleticism during a scoop-and-score.

    Holmes picked up a loose ball and sprinted 64 yards for a touchdown, surging down the sidelines like a wide receiver. He high-stepped his way into the end zone, earning an "excessive celebration" penalty that nullified the score.

    The points were taken off the scoreboard, but it was still an impressive exhibit of Holmes' abilities. He is committed to Ohio State.


7. 4-Star S Erick Smith (Cleveland, Ohio)

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    Erick Smith was all over the place for Team East. The Glenville High School safety held his own in coverage against elite receiver talent.

    His most impressive efforts occurred near the line of scrimmage. The 6'1", 185-pound defender provided excellent run support and practically shut down the flat on his side of the field.

    Smith made six tackles, including five solo stops. Still, his highlight of the afternoon happened when he committed to Ohio State over Alabama, Michigan and Kentucky

6. 5-Star WR KD Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas)

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    Mount Pleasant High School playmaker KD Cannon looked like a receiver ready to compete at the collegiate level. The 6-foot, 162-pound prospect caught three passes for 65 yards.

    He attacked the ball at its highest point and showed strong burst after securing a reception. Cannon could stand to add another 15-to-20 pounds to his frame, but a physical approach is already in place.

    He is committed to Baylor and gives Art Briles another weapon to work with in a dominant offensive attack.

5. 5-Star RB Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif.)

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    Joe Mixon came away with All-American Bowl MVP honors, although there are probably players who were more deserving of the award. With only two touches, the Freedom High School running back showed off a skill set every coach in America would love to land.

    Mixon, who stands at 6'2", 195 lbs, put his power on display with a three-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. His shiftiness took center stage when he turned a short screen pass into a 26-yard gain.

    He announced a commitment to Oklahoma in the fourth quarter. Mixon ultimately picked the Sooners over UCLA and Wisconsin.

4. 4-Star LB Kenny Young (New Orleans, La.)

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    New Orleans standout Kenny Young collected 122 tackles during his senior season at national power John Curtis Christian, according to 247Sports. The 6'2", 220-pound prospect carried that consistency into Saturday's action, accumulating six total tackles for Team West.

    He led the squad in tackles and added a sack. Young also secured another tackle for loss.

    He remains uncommitted, considering an array of options. His offers include LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and UCLA.

3. 5-Star QB Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

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    Team West quarterback Kyle Allen connected on eight consecutive pass attempts to start his afternoon. The five other passers who suited up in San Antonio managed just 10 total completions.

    Allen, a 6'2.5", 185-pound Desert Mountain High School product, finished the game 12-of-18 for 183 passing yards. He looked sharp throughout, displaying excellent footwork in the pocket.

    The Texas A&M commit could replace Johnny Manziel as the Aggies starter next season. He is the nation's No. 1 quarterback prospect in 247Sports composite rankings.

2. 4-Star DE Dante Sawyer (Suwanee, Ga.)

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    Defensive end Dante Sawyer provided a disruptive presence along the Team East front throughout the contest. The North Gwinnett High School standout racked up a game-high three sacks, outclassing some of the country's premier pass-blockers.

    Sawyer, a 6'2.5", 262-pound prospect, displayed exceptional lower-body power and punished opponents with an arsenal of moves en route to the quarterback. His effort bodes well for a future at weak-side end.

    He committed to South Carolina in December.


1. 5-Star RB Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif.)

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    Royce Freeman effectively filled the role of goal-line back for Team West. The 5'11.5", 215-pound southern California product reached the end zone three times.

    The Oregon commit scored on touchdown runs of three, one and nine yards. Freeman finished the contest with 21 yards on five carries.

    He wrapped up his high school career as the San Diego section's all-time leading rusher. Freeman immediately adds physicality to the Ducks' offensive backfield.