International Bowl 2014: Prospects to Watch in All-Star Game

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

More than 300 of the nation's future football stars will meet in Arlington, Texas, at Maverick Stadium at UT-Arlington for the 2014 International Bowl.

The fifth edition of the annual game will once again put a focus on the U.S. under-19 national team, which touts a roster with players mostly already committed to big schools at the collegiate level.

While other all-star games have been around longer, the International Bowl is known for touting some of the nation's best recruits who often go on to great success, such as Tyrann Mathieu and Jameis Winston.

Collegiate fans would be wise to not miss the action, especially if their favorite school has a commit set to line up.


When: Friday, Feb. 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Maverick Stadium at UT-Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Watch: CBS Sports Network

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Note: All info courtesy of the bowl's official site unless otherwise noted. Prospect rankings based on composite numbers from 247Sports.


Jimmy Byrne, OG, Notre Dame

Not that Notre Dame is in particular need of quality offensive linemen, the Fighting Irish are getting one when Jimmy Byrne comes to town, anyway.

Byrne is a monster of a guard who stands at 6'4" and 290 pounds. He ranked as the No. 17 overall guard in the nation and is the subject of rave reviews, including's Tim O'Malley, who broke down Byrne's film:

Byrne is a coach's dream, the type of player that will register zero loafs in practice -- it's as if he has no idea there's a whistle or a play going on -- he's simply moving an opponent out of his assigned gap, because that's what he's asked to do…If only all players were as enjoyable to review on film as Byrne.

Byrne will be hard to miss at the International Bowl. Even against some of the nation's best, it does not sound as if he will have any issue paving the way for his teammates.


Jay Hayes, DT, Notre Dame

Another star Notre Dame recruit, Jay Hayes has been committed to the Fighting Irish for a while.

As a 4-star prospect and the No. 21 defensive tackle in the nation, Hayes may have the power to take over for the NFL-bound Louis Nix III in a few years. He weighs in at 6'5" and 260 pounds with enough strength to move offensive linemen with relative ease.

Hayes is a force on the interior of the line who will turn heads at the bowl and show why his 90 composite grade at 247Sports was the right one.


Saeed Blacknall, WR, Penn State

Saeed Blacknall will stand tall above the rest of the offensive participants at the International Bowl—in more ways than one.

Blacknall stands at 6'3" and weighs 210 pounds. While ideal size, it is his 4.45 40-yard dash speed that puts him over the top as an elite prospect and more than worthy of being the No. 21-ranked wideout at 247Sports.

There are plenty of talented wideouts set to participate, but Blacknall stands out as a prototypical pro receiver despite never playing a down at the collegiate level. Penn State has a good one, and Blacknall will prove it at the International Bowl.


Justin Jackson, APB, Northwestern

Justin Jackson rises above the rest on and off the field.

In the classroom, Jackson kept a 5.0 GPA in high school. On the field, he racked up 3,171 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns in 2013.

Those numbers and an impressive stature at 5'11" and 180 pounds, combined with a 4.55 40-yard dash time, allowed Jackson to come in as the No. 4 overall all-purpose back in the nation.

Now headed to Northwestern, Jackson already has the look of a committee back that both the collegiate and pro levels now love so much. His game-changing ability will be on full display against the best of the best.


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