Army All-American Bowl Roster 2015: Breaking Down Top Recruits in Marquee Game

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2015

Jan 4, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA;  Army All-American Bowl West Team celebrates its 28-6 victory over the East during U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football game at the Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a fantastic showcase for some of the best college football recruits in the country, and the 2015 edition will feature some incredible talents on both sides of the ball.

While some of those competing in the game have already committed to programs for the 2015 season, others will use the game as a platform to make their decision. That is an added wrinkle that makes the bowl even more entertaining than it already is from a gameplay perspective.

Along with a full rundown of the East and West rosters for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, here is a closer look at the players who will make the biggest impacts.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl Rosters
East PlayersPositionHigh SchoolLocation
Kareem Ali DB Timber Creek High School Pennsauken, N.J.
Jerome Baker DB Benedictine High School Cleveland, Ohio
Deandre Baker DB Miami Northwestern High School Miami, Fla.
Rodrigo Blankenship PK Sprayberry High School Marietta, Ga.
Calvin Brewton DB Miami Central High School Miami, Fla.
Mekhi Brown DL Carver High School Columbus, Ga.
Matthew Burrell OL C.D. Hylton High School Woodbridge, Va.
Lawrence Cager WR Calvert Hall College High School Baltimore, Md.
Deon Cain WR Tampa Bay Technical High School Tampa, FL
Devonaire Clarington TE Booker T Washington Miami, Fla.
Chandler Cox RB Apopka High School Apopka, Fla.
Jordan Cronkrite ATH Westminster Christian School Miami, Fla.
Sam Darnold QB San Clemente High School Capistrano Beach, Calif.
Ricky DeBerry LB Atlee High School Glen Allen, Va.
Chuma Edoga OL McEachern High School Hiram, Ga.
Blake Ferguson LS Buford High School Buford, Ga.
Mark Fields DB William Amos Hough High School Cornelius, N.C.
Desherrius Flowers RB Vigor High School Whistler, Ala.
Johnny Frasier RB Princeton High School Princeton, N.C.
Neville Gallimore DL Canada Prep Football Academy St. Catharines, Ontario
Torrance Gibson QB American Heritage High School Miami Gardens, Fla.
Taj Griffin RB McEachern High School Powder Springs, Ga.
Justin Hilliard LB St. Xavier High School Liberty Township, Ohio
Albert Huggins DL Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Orangeburg, S.C.
Mitch Hyatt OL North Gwinnett High School Sugar Hill, Ga.
Tim Irvin DB Westminster Christian School Miami, Fla.
Martez Ivey OL Apopka High School Apopka, Fla.
CeCe Jefferson DL Baker County High School Macclenny, Fla.
Van Jefferson WR Ravenwood High School Brentwood, Tenn.
Juwan Johnson WR Glassboro High School Glassboro, N.J.
Jaquan Johnson DB Miami Killian High School Palmetto Bay, Fla.
Jaason Lewis ATH Ocean Lakes High School Virginia Beach, Va.
Drew Lock QB Lee's Summitt High School Lee's Summit, Mo.
Sh'Mar Kilby-LaneLB Hallandale High School West Park, Fla.
Kaleb Kim OL Mill Creek High School Buford, Ga.
Tarvarus McFadden DB American Heritage High School Sunrise, Fla.
Rico McGraw DB Ensworth School Antioch, Tenn.
Natrez Patrick DL Mays High School Atlanta, Ga.
Kyle Phillips DL Hillsboro High School Nashville, Tenn.
Isaiah Prince OL Eleanor Roosevelt High School Lanham, Md.
T.J. Rahming WR McEachern High School Powder Springs, Ga.
John Reid DB St. Joseph's Prep School Mount Laurel, N.J.
Jordan Scarlett RB Saint Thomas Aquinas School Sunrise, Fla.
Darius Slayton WR Greater Atlanta Christian School Norcross, Ga.
Chad Smith LB Dominion High School Sterling, Va.
Trenton ThompsonDL Westover Comprehensive High School Albany, Ga.
Tommy Townsend P Boone High School Orlando, Fla.
D'Andre Walker DL Langston Hughes High School Riverdale, Ga.
Dallas Warmack OL Mays High School Atlanta, Ga.
West PlayersPositionHigh SchoolLocation
Chris Warren RB Rockwall High School Rockwall, Texas
Michael Weber RB Cass Technical High School Detroit, Mich.
Brady White QB Hart High School Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
Joseph Wicker DL Long Beach Polytechnical High School Long Beach, Calif.
Travis Waller QB Servite High School Fullerton, Calif.
Chidi Valentine-Okeke OL Faith Baptist Christian Academy North Decatur, Ga.
Josh Barajas LB Andrean High School Valparaiso, Ind.
Asmar Bilal LB Ben Davis High School Indianapolis, Ind.
Jay Bradford RB Splendora High School Splendora, Texas
Jacob Daniel DL Clovis North High School Fresno, Calif.
Jerry Tillery OL Evangel Christian Academy Shreveport, La.
Ricky Town QB St. Bonaventure High School Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Malik Dear WR Murrah High School Jackson, Miss.
Derrick Dillon WR Pine High School Franklinton, La.
Trevor Elbert OL Rockwall-Heath High School Heath, Texas
Nicco Fertitta DB Bishop Gorman High School Las Vegas, Nev.
Rasheem Green DL Junipero Serra High School Los Angeles, Calif.
Derrius Guice RB Catholic High School Baton Rouge, La.
Porter Gustin LB Salem Hills High School Elk Ridge, Utah
K.J. Hill WR North Little Rock High School North Little Rock, Ark.
Tristen Hoge OL Highland High School Pocatello, Idaho
Dechaun Holiday DB Mission Hills High School San Marcos, Calif.
Ben Humphreys LB Mater Dei High School Newport Beach, Calif.
Trent Irwin WR Hart High School Valencia, Calif.
Donte Jackson DB Riverdale High School Metairie, La.
Blake Johnson P Los Alamitos High School Long Beach, Calif.
Aliz'e Jones TE Bishop Gorman High School Las Vegas, Nev.
Dre'Mont JonesDL St. Ignatius High School Cleveland, Ohio
Darrin Kirkland Jr. LB Lawrence Central High School Indianapolis, Ind.
Isaiah Langley DB Foothill High School Hayward, Calif.
Xavier Lewis DB East St. John High School Laplace, La.
James Lockhart DL Ennis High School Ennis, Texas
Keisean Lucier-South DL Orange Lutheran High School Orange, Calif.
Blake Lynch WR Gilmer High School Gilmer, Texas
Osa Masina LB Brighton High School Salt Lake City, Utah
Liam McCullough LS Worthington Kilbourne High School Columbus, Ohio
Kahlil McKenzie DL Clayton Valley Charter High School Walnut Creek, Calif.
Stanley Norman DB Junipero Serra High School Los Angeles, Calif.
Zach Okun OL Newbury Park High School Newbury Park, Calif.
Javon Patterson OL Petal High School Petal, Miss.
Jamal Peters DB Bassfield High School Carson, Miss.
Henry Roberts OL Bellevue High School Bellevue, Wash.
Kevin Robledo PK Westlake High School Canoga Park, Calif.
Ykili Ross WR Riverside Polytech High School Riverside, Calif.
Christian Rector DL Loyola High School South Pasadena, Calif.
Keaton Sutherland OL Marcus High School Flower Mound, Texas
Marvell Tell DB Crespi Carmelite High School Pasadena, Calif.
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Players to Watch

Martez Ivey

While offensive linemen don't always receive as much attention as skill-position players, that isn't the case when it comes to tackle Martez Ivey.

Ivey is the No. 1-ranked 2015 recruit by 247Sports, and he has yet to decide where he will attend school. He was initially supposed to make that announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but that is no longer the case, per Allen Trieu of Scout.com:

The bowl gives Ivey one more opportunity to show teams what he can do although it is already quite obvious that any program in the country would love to have him.

According to Jamie Newberg of Scout.com, he is the state of Florida's top recruit—if not the very best in the entire nation:

With that in mind, the University of Florida is naturally in the running to land him, per 247Sports.

Ivey is a physical specimen at 6'6" and 270 pounds, and he will have a chance to test himself against some of the very best pass-rushers in the nation.

He is going to be a prized recruit for whichever program ultimately secures him, but the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will say a lot about what can be expected of him next season.

Trenton Thompson

Perhaps the best prospect playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl who has already made a college choice is defensive tackle Trenton Thompson.

According to 247Sports, he is the No. 2 recruit in the nation and has committed to playing for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2015 and beyond.

Per ESPN.com's Gerry Hamilton, the Albany, Georgia, native is thrilled about the opportunity to suit up for the Dawgs.

Georgia, they were my first offer. They were the first coaches that came down to see me and showed me the most love. Georgia has great coaches, and I have good relationships with them. The fan base has also showed a lot of love, and I also think that in the classroom Georgia can help me be the best student I can be.

It remains to be seen how Thompson will perform in the All-American Bowl, but Jason Howell of Rivals.com has already been impressed with his work in drills:

Thompson was a dominant force at Westover High School at 6'4" and 292 pounds, and one can only assume that he will have his way with the opposition in Saturday's game.

Even though Thompson doesn't necessarily need to impress anyone after already committing to Georgia, he has a chance to increase the substantial hype surrounding him even more.

CeCe Jefferson

Pass-rushers are always at a premium at every level of football, and CeCe Jefferson is undoubtedly one of the best in the class of 2015.

He is ranked as the No. 5 overall player and No. 2 defensive end by 247Sports, and he is still mulling over potential colleges.

While nothing is official, Barton Simmons of 247Sports is reporting that the Floridian is leaning toward Ole Miss currently:

Landing him would be a major coup for the Rebels, especially since another stud defensive lineman in Robert Nkemdiche is already on the team.

As pointed out by Rusty Mansell of 247Sports, Ole Miss and every other program will get a good look at just how prepared Jefferson is when he goes up against Ivey in the All-American Bowl:

Jefferson and Ivey could battle each other for years depending upon where each of them end up going to school, and there is no doubt that they will be the spotlighted matchup of Saturday's game.

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