Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl 2015: Score, Recruit Commitments and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2015

East's Eric Swinney, right, is tackled by West's Will Sunderland during the first half of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl high school football game Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Carson, Calf. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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The East picked up a dominant 24-3 win over the West in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Sunday night inside the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

This game was one of a few different high school football showcase events following the 2014 season. Plenty of college coaches across the country will have tuned in to view the talent heading their way in 2015.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly made sure to take some time out of his schedule for the game:

Brian Kelly @CoachBrianKelly

Some good football games today but the best starts now @TheSemperFiBowl Good luck to both squads. Tune in on @FOXSports #SemperFiBowl

The East took an early 3-0 lead in the second quarter and wasted little time picking up their second score. Kyle Shurmur, a 3-star QB headed to Vanderbilt, hit USC commit Tristan Payton for a 34-yard touchdown to make it a 10-0 lead before halftime.

The West got on the board in the third quarter with a field goal from Josh Williams, but Eric Swinney, an Ole Miss commit and 4-star running back, put even more distance between the two teams with a rushing touchdown with a little over five minutes left in the game to secure the victory.

Fox Sports' Greg Biggins felt the score wasn't representative of the gulf between the two teams:

Greg Biggins @GregBiggins

#OleMiss RB commit Eric Swinney runs it in from a yard out and East goes up 17-3, 5:21 left, feels like 60-3 the way West has moved the ball

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As with any high school football all-star game, the result took a backseat to the players who made their official commitments. Most of the top recruits from the 2015 class have already made their final decisions, but a small handful of stars remain undecided.

Quarterback Dwayne Lawson was among those to announce his next destination. The 4-star recruit revealed that he'll join the Virginia Tech Hokies, per Scout Recruiting:

247Sports Recruiting @247recruiting

Dwayne Lawson (@dlaw95) commits to Virginia Tech! https://t.co/UhQ4QCeKkN

Lawson is the 10th-best pro-style quarterback and 254th-best player overall according to 247Sports' composite rankings. Virginia Tech now has the 22nd-best class after Lawson's arrival.

"All the players, they have the same thing in mind," he said during the game, per VTScoop's Evan Watkins. "They are hungry and they want to play young. We are on the rise."

Lawson found Payton for the final touchdown of the game, running a play-action pass and fake reverse that completely fooled the secondary and left the wideout wide open for a 57-yard reception, showcasing both Lawson's arm and Payton's ability to burn the defense.

Rivals Camp Series @RivalsCamp

Newly committed #VT QB Dwayne Lawson throws to #USC WR commit Tristan Payton for another #SemperFiEast TD (24-3). Payton's 2nd TD tonight.

Securing Lawson's commitment is a great way for Frank Beamer and his coaching staff to ring in the new year.

Austin Joyner also selected his school during the game, donning a Washington Huskies cap:

247Sports Recruiting @247recruiting

4-Star Austin Joyner (@Awstin_joynaaa) picks Washington at @TheSemperFiBowl! https://t.co/msbuPp4Yd5

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, the running back/cornerback is the sixth-best all-purpose back in the country and ranks 216th overall.

Josh Liebeskind of The Seattle Times documented how Joyner spanned the state of Washington throughout the recruiting process. He had originally committed to the Huskies before former head coach Steve Sarkisian left for USC. Joyner then committed to Washington State until backtracking after the firing of Cougars defensive coordinator Mike Breske.

After that, he opened up the recruiting battle again, narrowing his list of schools to Washington, Washington State and Boise State, ultimately coming back around to UDub once again.

Huskies head coach Chris Petersen couldn't wait to welcome Joyner to the program:

Coach Petersen @CoachPeteUW


Christian Caple of The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, noted how well Petersen's recruited in-state:

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Joyner's (re)commitment gives UW six in-state recruits in the 2015 class. Lakes DE Benning Potoae deciding between UW and UCLA.

It's been a while since Washington was considered a serious contender in the Pac-12. The Huskies' last 10-win season was in 2000 under Rick Neuheisel. Marques Tuiasosopo spearheaded a 34-24 Rose Bowl win over the Purdue Boilermakers to close out the great campaign.

Petersen proved himself to be among the country's top coaches with his work at Boise State. It's only a matter of time before he gets the players to help make Washington a force on the field once again.

Note: Recruit info courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

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