Of the three high school football post-season all star games (including the Under Armour All American Game and the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl), the U.S. Army All American Bowl is the longest-running and generally considering the most prestigious. First played in December of 2000 in Highlander Stadium in Dallas, TX with roughly 6,300 in attendance, the event has grown in popularity and now draws up to 40,000 plus to the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
The broadcast will begin at 10:00 AM PT on NBC, and various prospects will be making public commitments during the course of the game. There will also be a live stream of the game at http://liveextra.
Washington will be represented at the game by two current commits:
|Camilo Eifler (LB)||Bishop O'Dowd H.S.||Oakland, CA|
|Luke Wattenberg (OL)||JSerra Catholic H.S.||San Juan Capistrano, CA|
In addition, there are seven other recruits still reportedly considering the Huskies:
|Devin Asiasi (TE)||De La Salle H.S.||Concord, CA|
|Dylan Crawford (WR)||Santa Margarita Catholic H.S.||Santa Margarita, CA|
|Mique Juarez (LB)||North H.S.||Torrance, CA|
|David Long (CB)||Loyala H.S.||Los Angeles, CA|
|Javon McKinley (WR)||Centennial H.S.||Corona, CA|
|Byron Murphy (CB)||Saguaro H.S.||Scottsdale, AZ|
|Tyler Vaughns (WR)||Bishop Amat H.S.||La Puente, CA|
Here's what you should know about each:
- Asiasi is a 4-star TE prospect, rated by Scout.com as the top TE prospect in the west. He's a big kid at 6'4", 265 lbs and recruiting experts believe he could also excel at DE, though his stated preference is on offense. He's scheduled to visit Washington the weekend of January 15th along with his H.S. teammate Boss Tagaloa. He's already visited UCLA and has trips to Alabama (1/22) and USC (1/29) scheduled.
- Crawford is a 4-star WR prospect, rated by Scout.com as the #4 WR prospect in the west. He'll be announcing his commitment during the game, but has said he plans to take more visits this month. He's already been to Michigan and Oregon, and says he'd like to still visit Washington, Miami (FL) and Georgia. Most feel he's a heavy lean to Michigan. He'll be announcing during the 1st quarter.
- Juarez is a 5-star OLB prospect, rated by Scout.com as their #1 OLB prospect in the country. He visited Washington back in early December and was giving the Huskies a lot of consideration, but earlier this week announced he's down to UCLA and Ole Miss with Alabama possibly still in the mix. Eifler and Scout.com national recruiting expert Greg Biggins believe that the Huskies still have a shot, but most figure he's destined to stay local with the Bruins.
- Long is a 4-star CB prospect, rated by Scout.com as their #1 CB prospect in the west. A long-time Stanford commit, he decided to re-open his recruitment last month and is focused on Michigan and Washington, with the two L.A. schools trying to get into the picture. He had planned to make his announcement at the game, but will now delay that until after taking his official visit to Washington the weekend of January 16th and then getting his last in-home visit with Michigan the following week. Coach Lake has done a great job with him and was a big factor in Long breaking things off with Stanford, but the latest buzz seems to be trending towards Michigan, so his visit will be huge for Washington's chances.
- McKinley is a 4-star WR prospect, rated by Scout.com as their #3 WR prospect in the west. A receiver with good size (6'2", 200 lbs) and great all around skills (speed, hands, athleticism, strength) who could potentially contend for immediate playing time, he'll be making his public commitment during the game. He's already informed his three finalists (Notre Dame, Washington, Oregon), and it'll be a major surprise if he doesn't select the Irish. He'll announce early in the 4th quarter.
- Murphy is a 4-star CB prospect, rated by Scout.com as their #4 ATHLETE in the west. While most schools have been pursuing him as a DB, he's shown terrific skills on offense as well. He's visited Washington, Texas A&M and Arizona State and is scheduled to check out USC next weekend. Long considered a lean to the Aggies, the recent rumors swirling around that program appear to have had an impact on him and the hometown Sun Devils are moving up his list, with USC trying hard to make a late push. Washington has done very well with him, but it's hard to say if they'll get his commitment or be a bridesmaid.
- Vaughns is a 5-star WR prospect, rated by Scout.com as their #2 WR prospect in the nation. A taller receiver at 6'2", he has terrific hands, is a great leaper and is already a very polished route runner. He's been a USC fan his whole life and committed to the Trojans back in August, but he's also praised Washington and is still considering taking an official visit here. He's scheduled a visit to Alabama the weekend of January 22nd and is also considering a visit to Ohio State. Still, it would be a major surprise if he doesn't stick with his commitment to the Trojans.
So there you go Husky fans. I wish things were more optimistic with these prospects, but as good a job as this staff has done recruiting them, it's tough to land this level of recruit without greater recent on-field success. Still, these are high school kids and inherently unpredictable, so you can't rule Washington out of landing any of them. And if nothing else, tune in to watch Eifler and Wattenberg - both are terrific prospects themselves and great gets for Coach Petersen and his staff.