Blue-Grey All-American Bowl 2016: Score, Recruit Commitments and Reaction

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIJanuary 9, 2016

The third annual Blue-Grey All-American Bowl was not an offensive-friendly showcase for three quarters, with the North beating the South 35-0 on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.

It was a lackluster affair that was dominated by the North team, most notably by players who have yet to make decisions on their future. Javier Buffalo, a 5'11", 180-pound receiver from Franklin, Pennsylvania, made the biggest play of the night early in the second quarter.

Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Commits
PlayerRankHigh SchoolCollege
JJ Taylor, RB3-starCentennial (CA)Arizona
Lucas Johnson, QB3-starMt. Camel (CA)San Diego State
Cole Blackman, WR3-starGlen Allen (VA)Virgnia
Tristian Pipp, LB3-starGreendale (WI)Western Michigan
Tim Walton, LB3-starCass Technical (MI)Illinois
DeLonte Berry, LBN/AJefferson (WV)Navy
Matt Otwinowski, LB2-starLaPorte (IN)Kent State
Jack Stoll, TE3-starRegis Jesuit (CO)Nebraska
Sean Rattay, C2-starSt. John’s Jesuit (OH)Navy
Brian Plummer, OL3-starSouth Carroll (MD)Maryland
Caleb Bright, OL2-starUrbandale (IA)Bowling Green
Jacob Donnellon2-starGabriel Richard (MI)Eastern Michigan
Michael Gerber, OLN/AStoughton (WI)Army
Reese Donahue, DL3-starCabell Midland (WV)West Virginia
Noel Brouse, DL3-starParkland (PA)Syracuse
Chris Oladokun, QB3-starSickles (FL)South Florida
Zerrick Cooper, QB4-starJonesboro (GA)Clemson
Artavis Pierce, RB3-starAuburndale (FL)Oregon State
Darius Miller, WRN/ASt. Petersburg (FL)Alcorn State
Craig Watts, SS3-starAdmiral Farragut Academy (FL)Colorado
Tyler Pritchett, OL3-starAuburn (AL)North Carolina
Zach Lyle, OLN/ANorthgate (GA)Air Force
Bo Peek, DL3-starPlant (FL)Stanford
John Chiaramonte, DLN/AClearwater Central Catholic (FL)Air Force
247Sports (N/A means no player page is available)

Quarterback Jason Dambach found Buffalo for a 64-yard touchdown, helping the North squad take a 7-0 lead. From then on, it was a dominant display.

The star of the game, though, was Arizona commit JJ Taylor. He caught a nine-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter to help the North grab a 14-0 lead. Lynden Ostrander of the Tampa Tribune provided a clip of Taylor's touchdown:

Near the end of the third quarter, Kent State commit Matt Otwinowski recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, helping the North take a 21-0 lead. Blue-Grey Football tweeted about the scoring play that put the game out of reach:

Taylor was the Offensive MVP of the game, racking up 114 total yards and a touchdown.

Robert Green, a linebacker from Naples High School who played for the South team, received Defensive MVP honors after his 15-tackle performance that included a fumble recovery.

This game was a one-sided showdown, even if the offensive production stalled in the first half. The North put the game away in the fourth quarter with two more one-yard rushing touchdowns. This one came from Grant Kingston of Anderson High School in California, courtesy of Ostrander:

If the North's five-touchdown win proved anything, Taylor is going to be a perfect fit for head coach Rich Rodriguez's Wildcats. He's a fast back who can make plays in the run game in addition to catching passes out of the backfield.

He shows flashes of former Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey, who had a solid college career. Taylor carried the North to a win and may be a useful weapon in Arizona's offense in the near future.