Football Recruiting: U.S. Army All-American Bowl Primer

By Mike Rockstedt on January 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

Each year, the Army All-American game brings some of the top prospects from around the country to San Antonio to play in the prestigious prep bowl game. Ohio State is known to send several players to the game, and this year is no different.

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Last year, several Ohio State recruited played well, and that was before the Buckeyes added Glenville's Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith to their bunch. This year, the field features seven Buckeye commits and several targets.

One the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Torrance Gibson hopes to show why he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the class. Opposing him will be future backfield partner Mike Weber. Weber has had good practices, and maybe we will see some read option, which will give us a glimpse of the future.

Blocking for the East will be star offensive lineman (and Buckeye commit), Matt Burrell. Liam McCullough will be doing the long snapping for the West squad.

The  Buckeye defensive participants this year include defensive end Dre'Mont Jones and linebackers Justin Hilliard (injured) and Jerome Baker. Jones is coming off a strong week of practice and could see a rankings boost.


After day one of practice, Dre'Mont Jones was one of the best performers all day. 

Jones was given high praise for his day and was named one of the biggest stock risers. Simmons credits his motor and his overall build as a defensive end as the reasons why his stock should be higher. In the 24/7's next rankings, look for Jones to get a nice rankings boost.


Several recruits will use this game as a platform to announce their college decision. This year, however, not many prospects are going to be announcing for the Buckeyes.

The one possibility is defensive tackle Neville Gallimore. The Canadian star has narrowed his choice to just three schools, Florida State, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. Gallimore visited Ohio State for The Game but has a good connection with the Oklahoma staff.

Gallimore is one of the best defensive lineman prospects in the country and was also the first Canadian prospect to go to The Opening. I'm not sure where he is going to pick, but If I had to pick right now, it would be Oklahoma.

Ohio State is not going to add an Army Bowl commitment this year.

Ohio State Commits at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Player Pos School HT WT Arm Hand
JEROME BAKER LB/S Cleveland (OH) Benedictine 6-2 203 33.5" 10.5"
MATTHEW BURRELL OT Woodbridge (VA) C.D. Hylton 6-4 321 34" 10.375"
TORRANCE GIBSON QB Fort Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage 6-4 203 36.25" 9.5"
DRE'MONT JONES DE Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius 6-3 267 35.25" 9.625"
LIAM McCULLOUGH LS Worthington (OH) Kilbourne 6-2 212 34.25" 9.652"
MIKE WEBER RB Detroit (MI) Cass Tech 5-9 219 31.5" 9"
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