The second All-Star game this week for some of the nation’s top 2019 recruits, will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Featuring the top 100 players throughout the country, the All-American Bowl is one of the most prestigious high school All-American games in the country. Separated into teams East and West, a lot of players competing will be lining up next to future teammates — and rivals.
The All-American Bowl is the longest-running national All-Star event.
From former Heisman Trophy winners to more than 400 NFL players, some of the most tenured football players have come through the All-American Bowl. Some of the game’s alumni include, Adrian Peterson, Tim Tebow, Odell Beckham Jr., and Eric Berry. It has produced an incredible 86 first-round picks.
All high school football seniors are eligible for selection to the All-American Bowl, with the selection process including analysis from the National Combine and various camps and clinics throughout the country. The field is narrowed down to the top 400 senior nominees, who are then further reduced to the 100 players competing.
Didn’t this used to be the Army All-American Bowl?
Yes. Army is no longer the title sponsor.
Where can I find the rosters?
Here. Teams are broken down into East And West, though you’ll notice that there are prospects from as far East as Louisiana playing for the West.
Who will be committing? Where will they choose?
Every year there are numerous players who commit to a college live on TV during the bowl. This year will be no different, and in fact, it will have plenty of drama with nine players potentially announcing. We will update these live when a player commits during the game.
- Kyle Ford, WR: Ford is bouncing back from an injury but he is a great football prospect out of Orange (Calif.) Lutheran. While several other Pac-12 powers coveted him, I fully expect USC to be the choice. USC is going to throw the ball around a lot under new OC Kliff Kingsbury.
- Bru McCoy, WR: Speaking of USC, I also think the Trojans will pick up a commitment from McCoy, the teammate of current USC QB J.T. Daniels, as well as numerous other Trojans. McCoy is an elite player and one of the most versatile athletes in the country. While the Texas Longhorns gave it a good run, people I trust who cover the program expect the choice to be the Trojans.
- Jadon Haselwood, WR: The Georgia five-star prospect was once committed to Georgia, but has had heavy involvement with Miami and Oklahoma. With his family ties to Oklahoma, and plenty of belief in the industry that he has actually already signed with the Sooners (back during the Early Signing Period), I am confident in my Oklahoma pick.
- Chris Steele, CB: Chris Steele is an elite cornerback from Southern California. He was once committed to USC, but Florida never gave up on recruiting him. When the Trojans had a poor year, and the Gators an excellent one, Florida started to edge out USC. While Oregon also pursued, I expect the Gators to be the choice. I love the passion with which Steele plays.
- David Bell, WR: Purdue is expected to be the choice for the Indianapolis four-star playmaker. If he turns out anything like Rondale Moore, who picked Purdue last year during the all-star event, Boilermaker fans will be thrilled.
- Marcus Banks, CB: Alabama and Texas A&M have been in a tight battle down the stretch for Banks. Would either school have room for the talented prospect? In the end, I believe both do, and I am not sure where he will pick.
- Tyrique Stevenson, CB: Tyrique The Freak is one of the most special athletes in the nation. The Miami prospect’s technique is improving, and he has been coveted by most every program in the nation. What he does at 210 pounds is special, though if he gets a lot bigger he might have to be an awesome safety, which would also be OK. Georgia and Miami have been in a tight battle for Stevenson, but I have thought Georgia longer than anyone else in the industry with a crystal ball.
- McKel Broussard, ATH: Broussard is a three-star athlete from Sherman Oaks (Calif.). I have not covered Broussard this cycle, and have no idea where he will pick. He lists offers from Eastern Washington, FAU, and Rice — a list which is light for an all-star game.
- Khris Bogle, DE: Bogle is a four star defensive end from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.). He is a blur off the edge, and is improving against the run as he adds size. Bogle has been recruited heavily by a number of schools, but in the end, it’s Alabama v. Miami. I expect the hometown team to win out, as Miami retained its defensive staff under new head coach Manny Diaz.
What I’m Watching
There are a lot of really good players in this game. In practice, defensive linemen like Nolan Smith (Georgia signee), DeMarvin Leal (Texas A&M), and Antonio Alfano (Alabama) have dominated the offensive lines, which might make for a low-scoring game if the trend continues.
But if the offensive lines can get some protection, there is a lot of skill talent which could shine through, including RB Trey Sanders (Alabama), WR Haselwood (see above), QB Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma), WR Trejan Bridges (Oklahoma), and WR Frank Ladson (Clemson).
Ultimately, I think the East team’s defensive line dominance will prevail.
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
- TV: NBC
- Streaming: NBC Sports
Rankings via the 247Sports Composite