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 Players||Position||High School||Location|
|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-Lane||LB||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 Thompson||DL||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 Players||Position||High School||Location|
|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 Jones||DL||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.|
Players to Watch
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.
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.
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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