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U.S. Army All-American Bowl 2017: Time, TV channel, preview, and more

Ohio State fans might want to tune into this one.

Heading into its 17th year, the U.S. Army All-American game might be the old man of high school all-star events, but is still a no brain decision for top prospects across the country to attend.

Putting around 90 highly sought after recruits on the turf of the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, college football fans annually get a chance to see a small glimpse into the future of their favorite program live on national television.

Just like nearly every other year of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Buckeye Nation will be on the edge of their seats on Saturday afternoon watching a long list of current OSU commits and potential Buckeyes strut their stuff against other soon-to-be Division 1 standouts.

Urban Meyer and crew will once again have a major impact on the game. For the third consecutive year, OSU has the most prospects playing. While only seven will see action, a total of nine Ohio State pledges were selected to participate.

Want to know how to watch the future Buckeyes, and more on the event? Land-Grant Holy Land has your back:

East Team

Before they don Scarlet and Gray next season, Josh Myers, Shaun Wade, and Chase Young will team up with former OSU targets and future foes to gain bragging rights over some of their Ohio State classmates.

In what shouldn’t be an easy task, Myers, a five-star offensive tackle from Miamisburg, Ohio, will be asked to help try to contain the likes of Ohio State commits Haskell Garrett, Baron Browning, and potential Buckeye, four-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele all day.

The elite match-ups aren’t done there. With Tate Martell scheduled to see time at quarterback for the West squad, Wade and Young look to make his day a poor one. Young will definitely use his speed to showcase his pass rushing abilities off the edge at defensive end, while Wade and the rest of the solid East defensive backs will be ball-hawking in the secondary trying to shut down the team from the West.

Ohio State commits/targets jersey numbers:

  • #24 DE- Chase Young- OSU commit
  • #25 CB- Shaun Wade- OSU commit
  • #58 OT- Josh Myers- OSU commit

Names you might know:

  • #3 RB- Cam Akers- Florida State commit
  • #4 S- Richard LeCounte- Georgia commit
  • #9 WR- Donovan Peoples-Jones- Michigan commit
  • #17 WR- Tarik Black- Michigan commit
  • #27 CB- Ambry Thomas- Michigan commit
  • #59 DE- Jordan Williams- Clemson commit

West Team

The East squad is usually the one littered with Ohio State commits, but not this year. Headlined by Tate Martell, Haskell Garrett, Baron Browning, and Wyatt Davis, the West team definitely has a Buckeye feel this go around.

With Chase Young, Shawn Wade, and others on the stout East defense, Martell and the West quarterbacks will have their hands full, but have numerous playmakers on their roster and hogs like five-star future Ohio State lineman Wyatt Davis up front to help keep things interesting.

Although they’re listed on the West roster running back JK Dobbins, and wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey won’t participate due to injuries sustained during the past high school season. Offensive lineman Jake Moretti, a former OSU pledge who will now attend the University of Colorado will also sit out of the game to nurse his torn ACL.

Ohio State commits/targets jersey numbers:

  • #1 CB- Jeffrey Okudah- OSU, FSU, Oklahoma
  • #5 CB- Darnay Holmes- OSU, UCLA, USC
  • #6 LB- Baron Browning- OSU commit
  • #16 DT- Haskell Garrett- OSU commit
  • #18 QB- Tate Martell- OSU commit
  • #22 RB- JK Dobbins- OSU commit (Hurt)
  • #28 S- Bubba Bolden- OSU, USC
  • #76 OG- Wyatt Davis- OSU commit
  • #78 DT- Jay Tufele- OSU, BYU, UM, USC, Utah
  • #81 WR- Tyjon Lindsey- OSU commit (Hurt)

Names you might know:

  • #2 RB- Najee Harris- Alabama commit
  • #12 QB- Dylan McCaffrey- Michigan commit
  • #73 OL- Jake Moretti- Colorado commit (Hurt)

College Announcements

The game has potential to be one for the record books. Even though the action on the field should be awesome, many will be tuning in just to see where some of the prospects participating in the event will verbally commit.

Needing to now replace numerous bodies in the silver bullet secondary, Ohio State could receive some major help real soon. Following in the footsteps of former and current Buckeyes such as Ted Ginn, Marshon Lattimore, and Erick Smith, a trio of big time Ohio State targets will finally shut down their recruitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and announce where they will be playing on Saturday afternoons.

Bubba Bolden

A Bishop Gorman (NV) teammate of Ohio State commits Tate Martell, Haskell Garrett, and Tyjon Lindsey, the shutdown safety is down to Ohio State and USC, where he was previously committed to earlier in the process.

Once looked as a near lock to join his friends in Columbus after his decommitment from USC during the summer, Bolden’s recruitment has seemed to change in a hurry over the last month or so. Even though he would be a solid piece to the OSU class, all signs currently point towards the four-star standout linking back up with Clay Helton and the Trojans for good, but after a week around a large group of Ohio State commits anything is possible.

Darnay Holmes

Coming into the week many around the recruiting scene had Holmes pegged as a Buckeye lean. A few days later things don’t seem as crystal clear as they once did.

A Calabasas, California native, Holmes has stated distance wouldn’t factor in his decision, but after a visit to USC, and talking with people close to him, the five-star cornerback has a tough choice ahead of him.

Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Nebraska are all in the mix. We won’t have to wait much longer to find out where Holmes will be enrolling on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Okudah

The wait is finally over. After being a top target of the Buckeyes for what seems like forever, the five-star cornerback will let the cat out of the bag.

With a top three of Ohio State, Florida State, and Oklahoma, it would be a pretty big shocker if Okudah ends up anywhere else other than OSU when it is all said and done.

How To Watch

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Channel: NBC

Online: NBCSports.com