Army All-American Bowl 2018: Predicting Where Every Uncommitted Player Will Sign

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2018

Army All-American Bowl 2018: Predicting Where Every Uncommitted Player Will Sign

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    As Georgia and Alabama prepare for the national title, the college football world's attention will temporarily shift to high-school talent at the Army All-American Bowl.

    Along with the Under Armour All-America Game, the Army-sponsored showcase will feature many of the top prospects in the 2018 recruiting cycle. And some of them are still deciding on their college destination.

    Four players are scheduled to reveal their choice during the All-Star exhibition, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. ET. The announcements will be scattered throughout the game.

    Those prospects will steal the show, but we're also predicting where the 19 other uncommitted Army All-American talents will eventually sign to play college football.

4-Stars: Barnes to Joiner

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    William Barnes, OT, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Apopka; Apopka, FL 

    Size: 6'4", 325 lbs.

    Florida appeared to hold an advantage throughout most of 2017, but the coaching change has created an opening for North Carolina and Auburn to steal William Barnes. While we'll give Dan Mullen and Co. an early vote of confidence, Barnes' recruitment will probably be a contested race to signing day.

    Prediction: Florida


    Jalen Hall, WR, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Long Beach Poly; Long Beach, CA

    Size: 6'4", 192 lbs.

    Arizona State is looking to swipe Jalen Hall in the closing stretch, since his high school coach Antonio Pierce has joined Herm Edwards' staff. However, it'll be a tough pull for the Sun Devils. Hall is probably headed to Oregon, pending the result of his official visit to Georgia on the weekend of Jan. 12.

    Prediction: Oregon


    Dax Hollifield, LB, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Shelby; Shelby, NC

    Size: 6'2", 236 lbs.

    Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are fighting to keep Dax Hollifield on the East Coast, but the linebacker is a flight risk. He unofficially visited Stanford and is slated to return the second weekend of January. With a junior- and senior-heavy unit at his position, Hollifield can quickly become a contributor on The Farm.

    Prediction: Stanford


    Harold Joiner, RB, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Mountain Brook; Birmingham, AL

    Size: 6'3", 218 lbs.

    According to Sam Spiegelman of SEC Country, Harold Joiner said he was set to choose LSU at the Army All-American Bowl. But the program stopped contacting him, so that announcement is no longer happening. Official visits in January will be essential, but Kerryon Johnson's move to the NFL should lead to Auburn pressing for Joiner.

    Prediction: Auburn

4-Stars: Joseph to Moore

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    Kelvin Joseph, S, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Scotlandville Magnet; Baton Rouge, LA

    Size: 6'1.5", 191 lbs.

    LSU rarely loses a top in-state prospect, so you can guess where this prediction is headed. Nevertheless, it's unwise to ignore the possibility Auburn or Alabama sways Kelvin Joseph when he takes official visits to the SEC schools leading up to signing day.

    Prediction: LSU


    Tyler Manoa, DT, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: St. Francis; Mountain View, CA

    Size: 6'5", 295 lbs.

    Not only is Tyler Manoa trying to pick a school, he needs to decide when he'll embark on a two-year LDS mission. According to Brandon Huffman of 247Sports, Manoa is undecided whether he'll spend a season at his chosen school first. Oregon offered him three days before early signing day, and Manoa quickly delayed the decision. That bodes well for Mario Cristobal and his staff.

    Prediction: Oregon


    Tanner McKee, QB, 4-star

    High School/Hometown: Centennial; Corona, CA

    Size: 6'6", 220 lbs.

    Due to his impending LDS mission, Tanner McKee is basically a 2020 recruit. With this talent, though, he'll be worth the risk of waiting. That should work well for Stanford anyway, since K.J. Costello will be a sophomore next year and 2017 5-star Davis Mills is eyeing an opportunity.

    Prediction: Stanford


    Rondale Moore, WR, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Trinity; Louisville, KY

    Size: 5'8.5", 174 lbs.

    A recent decommit from Texas, Rondale Moore appears to have his sights set on a rebuilding program in the Midwest. The speedy wideout officially visited Purdue in mid-December and will reveal his choice during the Army game. All signs point to the Boilermakers, who are on the rise under Jeff Brohm.

    Prediction: Purdue

4-Stars: Murray to Radley-Hiles

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    Chris Murray, OG, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Mater Dei; Santa Ana, CA

    Size: 6'3", 300 lbs.

    Fans of Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA will be tuning in Saturday to see if Chris Murray chooses their favorite program. The offensive lineman has visited each of the schools, but his main recruiter, Mike Bloomgren, is now at Rice. While it wouldn't be surprising if he picks Stanford, we'll give a slight edge to Chip Kelly and UCLA.

    Prediction: UCLA


    Leon O'Neal, S, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Cy Springs; Cypress, TX

    Size: 6'1", 190 lbs.

    Leon O'Neal backed off his pledge shortly after Texas A&M moved on from Kevin Sumlin, but Jimbo Fisher has an excellent chance to bring the safety back into the class. O'Neal officially visited in December. Although Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma are real threats, Fisher should be able to regain O'Neal's commitment.

    Prediction: Texas A&M


    J.J. Peterson, LB, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Colquitt County; Moultrie, GA

    Size: 6'1.5", 210 lbs.

    If Tennessee can dip into Georgia and pull J.J. Peterson, that'll be a terrific win on the trail for incoming coach Jeremy Pruitt. Once considered an Alabama lean, Peterson recently said there's a "98.9" percent chance he signs with the Vols, per Ryan Callahan of 247Sports.

    Prediction: Tennessee


    Brendan Radley-Hiles, CB, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: IMG Academy; Bradenton, FL

    Size: 5'10", 183 lbs.

    Brendan Radley-Hiles will also announce his college choice during the Army Bowl, and the reigning Big 12 champions might receive good news. The cornerback has used all five of his official visits, which included an October trip to Oklahoma. Radley-Hiles would be a useful addition to a young secondary.

    Prediction: Oklahoma

4-Stars: Sampson to Thompson

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    Tyrone Sampson Jr., OC, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: East English Village Prep; Detroit, MI 

    Size: 6'3", 295 lbs.

    During the early signing period, Tyrone Sampson Jr. decommitted from Syracuse. Per Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, the 4-star recently said he's scheduled an official visit to Ole Miss. Though Sampson also said he expects to check out Michigan State and Arizona, the SEC school is trending in the right direction for the center.

    Prediction: Ole Miss


    Penei Sewell, OT, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Desert Hills; Saint George, UT

    Size: 6'5", 349 lbs.

    After initially announcing he would commit and sign on Dec. 20, Penei Sewell delayed his decision and released a top four of Alabama, Oregon, Utah and USC. The lineman has taken all five official visits, so the Sewell is plenty familiar with his finalists. Alabama has a great chance, but we're going with Oregon.

    Prediction: Oregon


    Michael Thompson, DT, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Parkway North; Saint Louis, MO

    Size: 6'3.5", 291 lbs.

    Alabama, Miami and USC are trying to nab Michael Thompson, but an in-state program may be close to securing the defensive tackle. Missouri, which he officially visited in early December, seems to be leading Thompson's recruitment. Only a trip to Alabama in January would lead us to change our prediction.

    Prediction: Missouri

4-Stars: Tuliaupupu to Walker

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    Solomon Tuliaupupu, LB, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Mater Dei; Santa Ana, CA

    Size: 6'2", 200 lbs.

    USC has long been considered the likely destination for Solomon Tuliaupupu, but Ohio State will push for the linebacker as long as possible. If the Buckeyes can get Tuliaupupu on campus for an official visit, it at least gives Urban Meyer and Co. a fighting chance. We think it won't be enough.

    Prediction: USC


    Jaylen Waddle, WR, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: Episcopal; Bellaire, TX

    Size: 5'9.5", 175 lbs.

    Jaylen Waddle visited Florida State when Jimbo Fisher was still the coach and took a trip to Texas A&M after Fisher arrived. Alabama remains a real option for the speedy wideout, but that connection may be the decisive factor leading him to College Station.

    Prediction: Texas A&M


    Rasheed Walker, OT, 4-star

    High School; Hometown: North Point; Waldorf, MD

    Size: 6'6", 300 lbs.

    Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech are in the final group for Rasheed Walker, according to Wiltfong. Walker has already officially visited the latter two schools, and he'll head to Columbus in January. Penn State can survive a final charge from the Buckeyes, though Walker choosing Ohio State won't be a surprise.

    Prediction: Penn State

5-Star CB Tyson Campbell

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    High School; Hometown: American Heritage; Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Size: 6'2.5", 180 lbs.


    Tyson Campbell is the No. 3 cornerback in the country and isn't even the highest-rated player at the position on his high school team. No wonder American Heritage won a state title.

    Alabama, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State are all working to attract the 5-star corner, but the local school might be the leader. The 'Canes hold a commitment from 4-star Nesta Silvera and are pursuing 4-star Andrew Chatfield—those are two of Campbell's teammates.

    Plus, Miami defensive backs coach Mike Rumph, who coached at Heritage before moving to his alma mater, is Campbell's lead recruiter. This would be a massive victory on the trail for Mark Richt and Co., especially if he beats out Georgia.

    Prediction: Miami

5-Star CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart

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    High School; Hometown: Helix; San Diego, CA

    Size: 6'2", 187 lbs.


    The final stretch to signing day will be a busy month for Isaac Taylor-Stuart. As of now, he's slated to visit USC, Georgia and Tennessee. Alabama could receive his fifth official trip.

    If that happens, the 5-star could be an immediate contributor for the greatest dynasty of this era. The Crimson Tide have a couple of senior starters and are expected to lose versatile All-American Minkah Fitzpatrick to the NFL, too.

    But the draw of nearby USC could keep Taylor-Stuart out of the SEC.

    Prediction: USC

5-Star WR Amon-Ra St. Brown

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    High School; Hometown: Mater Dei; Anaheim, CA

    Size: 5'11.5". 191 lbs.


    Not only is USC in pole position to land Amon-Ra St. Brown, a recent development provided a nice boost for the Trojans.

    JT Daniels, the quarterback at Mater Dei, reclassified from the 2019 cycle into 2018. The connection between Daniels and St. Brown has been on display over the last three seasons, resulting in St. Brown amassing 146 catches for 2,785 yards and 46 touchdowns in that time.

    St. Brown is scheduled to announce his decision at the Army Bowl, and it would be stunning if he dons anything but a USC hat.

    Prediction: USC

5-Star CB Patrick Surtain Jr.

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    High School; Hometown: American Heritage; Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Size: 6'3", 195 lbs.


    The top-rated cornerback and No. 5 overall player in the country, Patrick Surtain Jr. has elite skill, coveted size and NFL bloodlines. His father, Patrick, played 11 years in the pros and currently serves as the head coach at American Heritage.

    Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State are still looking at the 5-star, and local school Miami is trying to make a last-second charge. Highlighted by Campbell, three of Surtain's teammates could pick the 'Canes. LSU should be able to hold off all challengers, though.

    Prediction: LSU