Today will be the second All-American game for high school seniors in consecutive days. This time, it'll be the US Army All-American Bowl and plenty of Ohio State commits and targets will participate in the famous event.
You'll find three current commits for the Buckeyes on the East squad. On offense, Torrance Gibson and Matthew Burrell will try and help score the points. Burell will be sporting No. 50 on the offensive line and Gibson will be wearing No. 6. On the defensive side will be four-star LB Jerome Baker and Buckeye hopeful Neville Gallimore. Ohio State's top ranked prospect Justin Hilliard was selected to play in the event but will sit out due to injury.
For the West team, we could possibly see a pass rushing duo of Dre'mont Jones and Porter Gustin, who will officially visit the Buckeyes before national signing day. For the offense, Mike Weber will be a player that'll see snaps out of a handful of talented RB's. Also included for the West will be long snapper Liam McCullough.
East: Under center for the eastern squad will be QB's Sam Darnold, Torrance Gibson and Drew Lock. Among the targets for the three committed passers include WR's Deon Cain, Van Jefferson, Darius Slayton and more. The chances of the offense having time to make plays are very likely with a stout group of offensive lineman which includes Chuma Edoga, Mitch Hyatt, Martez Ivey and a handful of others. Running behind the big men will be Desherrius Flowers, Johnny Frasier, Taj Griffin and Jordan Scarlett. Defensively, the group is loaded with a unit that'll include Jerome Baker, Ricky Deberry, CeCe Jefferson, Tarvarus McFadden and Trent Thompson.
West: The QB's for the Western squad are Ricky Town, Travis Waller and Brady White. They'll occasionally be handing off to a talented group of RB's that includes Jay Bradford, Derrius Guice, Chris Warren and Mike Weber. The prospects making the plays on the perimeter are lead by K.J. Hill, Trent Irwin and Ykili Ross. Leading the way for the offense at the line of scrimmage will be Tristen Hoge, Javon Patterson and Chidi Valentine-Okeke to name a few. The unit that'll look to slow down the East on offense is headlined by Rasheem Green, Keisean Lucier-South, Osa Masina, Khalil McKenzie and Jamal Peters.
Lawrence Cager: A prospect that is definitely known by fans of the Ohio State recruiting world will be making his decision today. At one point, the 6'5, 202-pounder seemed like a lock to be in the Scarlet and Gray but things have since changed. The four-star prospect will instead be picking between Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech.
Devonaire Clarington: The nations No. 4 ranked TE in the 2015 class will soon be off the board. According to SB Nation's own Wescott Eberts, the Booker T. Washington (FL) prospect will have Florida, LSU, Miami and Texas hats on the table when it's time to make his decision known. Will Clarington join his high school teammate Davante Davis in the Longhorns class? We'll see, but Texas is trending upwards.
Neville Gallimore: This one is big-time for the Buckeyes. Even after the addition of Robert Landers, Ohio State wants and needs to add another defensive tackle to the class. They have a shot for this four-star player out of Canada but will have to beat out Oklahoma and Florida State for his services. It's more likely that Gallimore will choose either the Buckeyes or Sooners. I'll take Urban Meyer on this one but would definitely not be surprised if he winds up in Crimson and Cream.
Prediction: Ohio State
Tim Irvin: Four-star ATH Tim Irvin from Westminster Christian School in Florida will be selecting from a group of schools that includes Florida, Miami, Texas and West Virginia. The 5'9, 186-pounder has took official visits to all of his finalists and is set to decide. The 247Sports Crustal Ball has been a run of predictions in favor of the Longhorns. With my previous prediction of Clarington (above) committing to Texas, could Charlie Strong snag two at the prestigious all-american game?
Kyle Phillips: The Tigers and Volunteers will be in a battle to land one of the nations best strong-side defensive ends. The Nashville native has seen what both programs have to offer numerous times. But did the Volunteers show enough to keep the 2nd best player in the state at home?
Ykili Ross: Even though this Polytechnic (CA) prospect has official visits scheduled to Oregon and Arizona State later this month, he will make his decision today. As of now, the two real possibilities to land the four-star prospect would be Notre Dame and USC. I'll go with Ross picking the in-state Trojans.
Marvell Tell: Another 2015 recruit from the state of California will be making his choice as well. Tell, a 6'2, 175-pound safety, named the Trojans his leader a few days ago. I don't believe to much drama will come here. I expect two additions for USC.
D'Andre Walker: Langston Hughes (GA) defensive end is the last announcement will we get into. As things currently stand, expect Walker to choose between in-state Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn. The latest visit that the four-star pass rusher took was to Athens. I expect him to give his pledge to Mark Richt and be a Bulldog at the next level.
Numbers to know
The number of Ohio State commits that were invited to the event. Ohio State yet again sent plenty of future Buckeyes to the Army game. As stated before, while seven were invited, only six will compete. Justin Hilliard will be in attendance but is out.
The number of prospects that are ranked in the top 50 that will be showcasing their skills on national television. The highest ranked prospects involved are Martez Ivey (No. 1), Trent Thompson (No. 2) and CeCe Jefferson (No. 5).
The 40-yard dash time of four-star Torrance Gibson, an Ohio State commit since early November. When the American Heritage prospect gets his opportunity at QB, keep an eye on what he does on read-option plays/designed runs. It's also something the defense has to worry about if Gibson has no where to deliver the ball.
How to watch
TV: 1 p.m. ET, NBC.