2015 US Army All-American Bowl could feature 8 big commits
The nation’s top prospect could make his decision during the game.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — As always, some of the most significant drama during the 2015 version of the US Army All-American Bowl will during the game when a handful of top prospects announce their college choices at the Alamodome on Saturday.
The biggest possible announcement may or may not happen, as the nation’s No. 1 prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Apopka (Fla.) offensive Martez Ivey, said during check-in day that he’s made up his mind, but doesn’t know whether the official decision will happen during the game.
Auburn and Florida are the two finalists, with the Tigers quite possibly holding an advantage because of the staff stability there and the fact that former Gators head coach Will Muschamp, who was attempting to recruit Ivey to Gainesville, is now on the staff at Auburn after taking the defensive coordinator position there.
However, the Gators remain the major leader in Ivey’s 247Sports Crystal Ball, holding 80% of the predictions there and having received four of the five projections cast during the month of December. Suffice it to say that landing Ivey would be a major coup for new head coach Jim McElwain in the early day of of his tenure at Florida.
One recruit who has decided not to announce is Salem Hills (Utah) outside linebacker/defensive end Porter Gustin, who has pushed back his decision between USC and Arizona State. Right now, the Trojans are the overwhelming favorite to land the 6’5, 244-pounder, as his Crystal Ball is unanimous in the belief that he will pledge to head coach Steve Sarkisian when he eventually makes his decision.
Here are the other seven prospects expected to announce:
- Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra wide receiver Stanley Norman — The nation’s No. 8 athlete will end his recruitment on Saturday in what looks to be a two-way battle between UCLA and Arizona State, though the Sun Devils have recently been trending his Crystal Ball.
- Towson (Mary.) Calvert Hall wide receiver Lawrence Cager — The big pass catcher has already made his decision and the pick could be a bit of a surprise, as 247Sports national analyst Steve Wiltfong put in a prediction for Miami in Cager’s Crystal Ball after check-in day.
- Fairburn (Ga.) Hughes defensive end D’Andre Walker — Down to Georgia and Tennessee, the lanky pass rusher has taken numerous visits to Tennessee and has also tripped to Athens several times during the last year. The Bulldogs are the major favorite over the Volunteers right now.
- Nashville (Tenn.) Hillsboro defensive end Kyle Phillips — Numerous visits to Knoxville helped Tennessee seemingly take a big lead with the strong side prospect, but LSU has been trending recently and Ole Miss could be a dark horse in his recruitment as it winds down.
- St. Catherine’s (Ont.) Canada Prep Football Academy defensive tackle Neville Gallimore — Though Gallimore’s participation in the game is in doubt because of an injury, he will still announce at the game. He’s down to five finalists, but Oklahoma and Ohio State seem to have the best shot, with some momentum for the Sooners after a mid-December visit to Norman.
- Encino (Calif.) Crespi Carmelite safety Marvell Tell — A recent official visit to Texas A&M may have given the Aggies an outside shot at the nation’s No. 3 safety since he was willing to go out of state during the early part of his recruitment. However, the better bet right now is that he stays in state and decides between USC and UCLA, with the Trojans the most likely destination.
- Miami (Fla.) Westminster athlete Tim Irvin — A two-way star in high school who is expected to play safety at the next level, Irvin is down to Florida, Miami, Texas, and West Virginia. Miami has long been considered the team to beat, but there has been momentum for Texas after the commitment of his close friend Cecil Cherry, a linebacker from the Sunshine State.
As is typical at this event, this list is fluid and will be updated closer to game time.