Video: US Army All-American Bowl Interviews with James Quick, Eli Apple, Evan Lisle & Johnny Townsend

By Kyle Rowland on January 3, 2013 at 6:16p

Several future Ohio State Buckeyes have gathered in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The best of the best travel to Texas each January for the preeminent high school all-star game in the country, and the Ohio State presence in the game is a surprise to no one. Urban Meyer has displayed his recruiting prowess for more than a decade. But it might be the two undecideds in San Antonio that are drawing the most attention, not the handful of players already destined for Columbus. 

Wide receiver James Quick, a Louisville, Ky., native, and linebacker Mike Mitchell will announce their college plans on Saturday during the game. Quick spoke to Eleven Warriors today about his upcoming plans, but remained coy. Sources on the ground in San Antonio have offered little explanation on where Quick might land. That isn't the case for Mitchell, a Texan, who is expected to spurn Texas A&M for Ohio State.

Each player would fill a position that needs depth. In practice this week, Quick has showcased the speed, sure hands and athleticism that Meyer and Charlie Strong have become enamored with. In less than 48 hours, one of them will be jumping for joy.  


His last name may have changed, but Eli Apple's game remains spectacular. Going up against Quick and Shelton Gibson, two OSU targets, Apple has more than held his own. He'll travel straight to Columbus after the game and enroll early. When spring practice rolls around, he'll try to secure a spot in the Buckeyes' defensive backfield rotation. It's apparent that Apple could make an impact next season, especially on special teams. 


Few people can argue that Ohio State offensive line coach Ed Warinner didn't make an enormous impact in 2012. He took a ragtag group of linemen and molded them into one of the best units the Buckeyes have had at that position in years. His hiring also is proving valuable on the recruiting trail. Evan Lisle is evidence of that. The hulking Lisle stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs 265 pounds. He's in the mold of a smallish lineman that can get out and move in Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman's up-tempo offense. 


What's the most important play in football? Well, duh. We all know it's the punt. For the next four years, Ohio State fans will get to watch artistry when Johnny Townsend booms punts and places them inside the 10. At U.S. Army bowl practice, he's put on a clinic on how to get the ball from hand to foot in the shortest amount of time. 


Combined with the talent Ohio State has playing at the Under Armour game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Meyer and Co. can pat themselves on the back. Recruiting is a tough business as is. Add scholarship reductions into the equation and evaluating talent becomes that much more difficult. But following a 12-0 season, order has been restored on the banks of the Olentagy. 


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rdubs's picture

Nice little sneaky question there at the end of the Quick interview.  He smiled it off well though.  Seems like a good kid and obviously a great player.  I am just glad he isn't thinking about playing in the SEC or up north, but let's be real, COME BE A BUCKEYE!!!!

toad1204's picture

I get a good feeling from this...

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Buckeyefan52's picture

Am i the only one that thought the way eli apple licked his lips was cool? It has nothing to do with football but i couldnt stop watching it lol

CowCat's picture

Hope Quick can be a Buckeye, but he would be in a good place with Charlie Strong as well.

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Jugdish's picture

This is really exciting. Keep the interviews and news from the practices coming.

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ODEEZ330's picture

Nice work. No eze or mike hill ?

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SilverBulletMichael's picture

Zeke is on the West squad that practices in a different location. Hill has a hand injury and just arrived today.

Geraffi's picture

Good work!  What was up with the bacground in those clips. Was making me nauseous!

cinserious's picture

the east practices in eastern bloc cold war era russia! Ezekiel and the west squad get the good digs, lol.

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southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Weird. Never followed recruiting like I have this season. I think it has to do with the tremendous expectations for 2013. Face it, at the start of this season, most would have settled for considerably less than the final result. Next year, we very nearly expect it all. I hope our kids are ready for the weekly scrutiny and dissection by the media, the voters, and fans. Please, Urban, teach them to handle the crushing pressure with performance on the field. If he can get these players to truly BELIEVE in themselves and mesh as a team, 2013 WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE BUCKEYE!!

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

People were worrying about his tweet, didn't he say in the vid that the game was alright and that he didn't watch that much of it?  I'm thinking tOSU.  Been awhile since we've had a legit 1st round type caliber WR come in (not really including Ginn because he was more of an ATH)

cinserious's picture

Its the later round WRs that end up being the true beasts in the NFL. The first round WRs from the big schools are the 'divas'.

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buck-I.8's picture

AJ Green, Julio Jones, and Calvin Johnson beg to differ. Though those types certainly have the tendency to go in the wrong direction, given the subjective choice to name your pick of who is the "best WR in the NFL", I'll bet it's one of the top-drafted.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Don't forget Dez Bryant!!

KBonay's picture

Holy Hell. Is that Mushroom Cam or what?  I started tripping watching that Quick video....

cinserious's picture

My gut feeling is Quick stays home and becomes the 'hometown hero'. Aside from all that OSU has to offer plus Urban's recruiting prowess, Quick has what he needs in L'ville now that Strong stayed. In fact, its possible Quick is using Ohio St. to up L'ville's stature. Hope I'm Wrong but would it be all that bad to use this scholly on Dontrelle Willis from texas who has all but decided on decommiting from the ducks and signing with the Bucks?  Could be the next D'shawn Thomas!

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Your post definitely confused me... I think you meant Dontre Wilson.  Not sure the Bucks would want to bring in a one year wonder MLB pitcher haha.  And I'm not sure if you mean't the actually RB or Pitcher how they would compare and be the next Deshuan Thomas, a basketball player lol!

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The D-Train!

cinserious's picture

My bad, I meant dontre wilson. He's so new on our recruiting radar, its hard to remember his name.

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

It's all good.. I either thought you had a simple brain fart or were drunk.  Happens to the best of us!

zbd's picture

Impressed by all the players interviewed. Have a good feeling about them coming to the Horseshoe.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

A couple of quick thoughts concerning the interviews:
James Quick: this kid is really good at keeping his cards close to his vest; however, based on his answers, it's pretty clear that he's made up his mind on which school. Obviously, that's no great revelation, since he's announcing tonight, but I suspect he wasn't tossing & turning in bed last night over the decision and he probably won't go back on his decision later this month.
Eli Apple: my initial impression is that he is a real quality kid! A leader and class act with a good sense of humor - an asset in the locker room and on the practice/playing field.
Evan Lisle: looks very athletic, but if I didn't know any better, I might think he has the body of a blocking TE, a la Ben Hartsock. Not that I have any scouting or athletic training knowledge whatsoever, but it wouldn't surprise me if his narrow-ish shoulders made it difficult to get him much above 285 lbs. Not necessarily a problem, just saying.