B1G Recruiting: All-American Week

By Derek Young on January 3, 2013 at 5:00p

One of the bigger recruiting weekends of the year is upon us. On Friday, the Under Armour All-America Game is being held at 5 PM ET in St. Petersburg, Florida, on ESPN while the US Army All-American Bowl takes place in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday afternoon at 1 PM ET on NBC. 

Could it be a start of a Mitchell family pipeline to OSU?Mitchell is expected to announce for OSU 

Our own Kyle Rowland arrived in San Antonio yesterday to bring you top-notch coverage of the Army Bowl, including the pending college choices of Mike Mitchell and James Quick. Be sure to continue to check the site for updates from Kyle throughout the weekend, as well as follow him on Twitter for the latest info coming out of the Lone Star State.

The same type of top-level talent will be in St. Petersburg for the Under Armour Game, and an announcement will also be made at that event with LB Trey Johnson announcing his college choice between the Buckeyes, Florida, and Tennessee. Ohio State fans certainly have plenty to be excited for headed into the weekend. 

With it being the second consecutive week with no changes across the recruiting landscape of the conference, we are going to focus this week on what commits and targets each team has in the two All-American games.

Join us after the jump to see what Big Ten teams will leave a presence in St. Petersburg and San Antonio, as well as what teams are in the hunt for uncommitted prospects participating in this weekend's events.

Under Armour All-America Game

Penn State stands alone in the conference with commits on the Team Highlight (black jerseys). QB Christian Hackenberg and TE Adam Breneman represent the Nittany Lions on the roster, but Breneman will not be able to play because of injury.  

Too bad Bosa and Shane Morris are teammates this weekBosa is one of five Buckeye commits at UA Game

One other Big Ten team does have targets that remain on their radar for Team Highlight, though, and it happens to be the Buckeyes. Oregon pledge ATH Dontre Wilson and uncommitted DB Vonn Bell will don the black jerseys for the game, and both are being recruited heavily by Urban Meyer.

Ohio State, Maryland, and Michigan represent the Big Ten on Team Nitro (white jerseys). The Wolverines have six members of their class set to perform in the game, while OSU has five, and Maryland has just one.

Players in the game expected to sign with the Maize and Blue are LB Mike McCray, QB Shane Morris, DT Henry Poggi, OL Patrick Kugler, OL Logan Tuley-Tillman, and OL David Dawson. 

The Buckeyes are represented by DB Cam Burrows, ATH Jalin Marshall, ATH Gareon Conley, TE Marcus Baugh, and DL Joey Bosa. LB Trey Johnson also is on the same team and is expected to announce for OSU at the game. 

OL Derwin Gray will be the lone Terrapin commit on the field.

Some other uncommitted players of interest to Big Ten schools are OL Cameron Hunt, WR Laquon Treadwell, DB Priest Willis, OL Na'Ty Rodgers, and LB Yannick Ngakoue.

Hunt and Treadwell have both expressed interest in Michigan, Willis has Nebraska on the list for his services, and Rodgers and Ngakoue are two players Maryland would like to land as they look to finish off their class in the next month.

US Army All-American Bowl

Pledges from Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State find themselves on the East squad for the contest in San Antonio.

Apple has been waiting a year for this gameEli Apple is representing OSU in Texas

The Nittany Lions have OL Brendan Mahon and DL Garrett Sickels suiting up in the yellow jerseys, and both have looked good so far from early reports.

PSU also has spent a lot of recruiting attention towards in-state prospect Tyler Boyd, who will also be on the East side at the wide receiver position and is announcing his college choice during the game.

Future Wolverines on the East team are TE Jake Butt and DB Dymonte Thomas. Michigan will also be represented on the West team with OL Chris Fox and DB Jourdan Lewis.

Also competing in the game and under the watchful eye of the Michigan coaching staff is RB Derrick Green, who will be in the East team's backfield. Green seems to be meshing well with the UM commits in San Antonio and it wouldn't be surprising to see the one-time Buckeye lean end up in Ann Arbor next season.

The Buckeyes have pledges DB Eli Apple, P Johnny Townsend, DL Michael Hill, and OL Evan Lisle selected for the Army Bowl for the East team. Hill is hurt however, and will be unable to participate. Another OSU commit, RB Ezekiel Elliott, could be playing both sides of the ball during the game for the West squad.

WR James Quick and WR Shelton Gibson are other prospects at the game of note for Ohio State. Both are uncommitted, but Quick will be choosing between OSU and Louisville at some point during the game. There have been positive reports for both programs throughout the week, so there is a lot of suspense leading up to the Louisville native's announcement.

Nebraska has also made a stamp on the US Army All-American Bowl in the form of LB Josh Banderas, a commit who will be sporting the black jersey for the West team. DL Joe Mathis, a one-time Husker target, will also be on the West squad but is no longer considering Bo Pelini's squad.

Be sure to continue to come back to Eleven Warriors throughout the weekend, as we bring you all the coverage you need of the Under Armour All-America Game and US Army All-American Bowl in the coming days. 


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zachofaltrades's picture

Mr. Eli is looking preeeeetty skinny right there.  I think his early enrollment and some time with Coach Mick will change that.  Bosa on the other hand looks like Johnny Simon Jr.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I could be wrong, but I think that pic is from last year's Army AA game. Top juniors are invited to participate in a combine and skills camp each year, thus the caption "Eli has been waiting a year for this this game."

buck-I.8's picture

Yeah he's actually filled out quite a bit this year, there are picture galleries from camps on 247

cinserious's picture

Thats Eli's game: look like an unassuming 14 y.o. kid and then decimate the competition. Love the guy and I'm confident he will be an absolute MONSTER at the major college level and will easily be playing on sundays.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Troy0782's picture

I'm actually excited about these games for the first time as, if memory serves me correct, this is the first time we have a real shot at live commitments from kids in both games. I think the last time I watched one was back in 08 waiting with bated breath to see if TP would throw a bone our way.
Wow, that seems like a lifetime ago


cinserious's picture

five years is PLENTY of time my friend but it goes by faster than a $20 bill leaves the wallet.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.


I don't get to comment much on here but I love this site. You guys do a fantastic job and I really  look forward to reading the 11W recruiting articles. Keep up the great work and lets hope we can get Mitchell, Johnson and Bell for defense, Quick for Offense.  With all of the recruiting for defense last year and if we can get these 3.....look out Big Ten! Meyer is building the 800# gorilla that nobody will want to see! 

What time is it? It's 1200 noon on a glorious Saturday afternoon,  and _ichigan still sucks!

buckeye76BHop's picture

Oregon pledge ATH Dontre Wilson

Expect this to get interesting if Chip takes a NFL HC job for the Clowns or "dream team" Eagles.  I'd expect it to be one of those for Kelly...but he may see how others have failed....huhmmmmm Nick Saban or good ole Riding Dirty Petrino and stay put in Eugene.  Guess we'll see...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

cinserious's picture

These scumbag college coaches don't care about making a sh-- ton of money in the NFL and failing. The idea is to get out of college while they are a hot commodity and right before the sh-- hits the  fan on their program (NCAA sanctions). If they fail in the NFl, oh look now we have a coach with NFl experience. Lets give him a fat, cushy contract at our major college program. At least the spoiled little Kiffie-boy won't get the opportunity to follow that path as he's done nothing but drag Pete Carroll's program down in flames. The teams that stand to benefit the most from all this turmoil is OSU, Stanford, ND, Louisville, etc. Hopefully the SECgets whats coming to them and Saban tries his hand in the NFL again. I cant wait till Saban starts publicly declaring how he's 100% commited to 'Bama and not going to the NFL (cause thats when we know he's a gonner for sure).

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

Zeke will be playing safety in the army game.  I think because of injuries he may see most of his pt on D and ST.

b_pbucksfans's picture

Players in the game expected to sign with the maize and blue are...

Great article but shouldn't this be sun and blue! Go Bucks!

KillerNut's picture

Didn't we all vote for piss and blue? I thought that was the concensus

Jhesse17's picture

Did Eli change his name? Last I heard his name was Eli Woodward.

ODEEZ330's picture

Yea he's eli apple now to honor his stepfather

stark county football

cinserious's picture

That was like soooooo last week, uggggh!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.