The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is one of several annual showcases for the top high school football recruits in the country. What sets it apart is the fact that the process for choosing players is not based only on their on-field ability.
It's an event supported by the United States Marine Corps. The official site states those picked to participate "bring something more to the game" aside from being great football players. Things such as community service are weaved into the schedule in the days leading up to the game.
The contest itself is set for Sunday at 9 p.m. ET from the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Let's check out the complete rosters for the East and West squads followed by a closer look at a couple of intriguing prospects worth keeping an eye on.
|2015 East Roster|
|Position||First Name||Last Name|
|TE||Tyrone (T.J.)||Wheatley Jr.|
|2015 West Roster|
|Position||First Name||Last Name|
Top Recruits to Watch
East: Carlton Davis (DB)
Davis is a prospect on the rise. He's been projected as both a safety and a cornerback, but his development at the latter is intriguing. At a time when teams at both the college and pro levels are looking for bigger, more physical corners, he fits the mold with a 6'2'' frame.
The Ohio State commit is only a 3-star prospect ranking just inside the top 450 nationally, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He's made major strides in a relatively short period of time, however, meaning the Buckeyes are likely far higher on him than that rating would suggest.
They should be. The more he's gotten a chance to go up against fellow marquee recruits, the more he's proved himself to be on the same level. Erik McKinney of ESPN has been impressed with him during the workouts leading up to the game:
It will be interesting to see if Davis works exclusively at corner or takes some snaps from the safety spots as well. While corner definitely looks like his best bet for the long haul, versatility is always nice when trying to crack the lineup.
Either way, the outlook continues to get brighter for Davis.
West: Sheriron Jones (QB)
Jones is once again a highly coveted commodity after decommitting from Florida in December. The 4-star dual-threat quarterback possesses good size and is always a threat to make a big play with his legs when things break down in the pocket.
The biggest concern, and it's a common one, is whether he sports the pure passing talent to excel at the collegiate level. He needs to continue to mature in terms of reading defenses, standing tall in the pocket to deliver strikes in the face of pressure.
Renowned quarterback guru George Whitfield spoke with Andrew Spivey of Gator Country after working with the Rancho Verde High School star. He said there was definitely some work to do but that the raw ability jumped out right away.
"We've only been around him about four days, but he is getting better every day," Whitfield said. "No flinch, there's no flinch to him. He is talented. He's actually one of the most physically talented down here. He can do all things, he just needs and is going to get more time to develop, I'm sure."
These type of games aren't always easy for quarterbacks to play in. The position relies heavily on timing and chemistry, which is tough to develop in a short period. But Jones should be able to stand out anyway as interested programs look on.