SAN ANTONIO – Army Bowl week is officially over down in Texas and the future Buckeyes certainly left their mark in the Alamo Dome. Defensive back Eli Apple showed why he is one of the most highly ranked defensive backs in the nation with a strong week of play. Getting a win in the game on Saturday afternoon was just icing on the cake.
SAN ANTONIO — ESPN 150 wide receiver James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity), the top-ranked player in Kentucky, decided to stay home rather than head upstate or head west. Quick verbally committed to Louisville during the second half of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. Ranked No. 98 in the ESPN 150, Quick became the Cardinals’ 12th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. He also is the second receiver committed and now becomes the top-ranked commit of the class.
SAN ANTONIO — ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) has been a hot topic of discussion for months. On Saturday, he became even more of a topic for the followers of BuckeyeNation. Mitchell verbally committed to Ohio State and became the Buckeyes’ 21st commitment. The 6-foot-5, 222-pound linebacker chose Ohio State over Texas A&M and Oregon. “I love the coaches, and it’s a really good opportunity for me to play early and play for a starting job,” Mitchell said.
SAN ANTONIO — In recruiting, players can hate the process one day, love it the next. ESPN 300 defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) has seen both sides, but is looking to make the process a past discussion. Mathis is one of eight players expected to announce where they’ll play college football during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. While many feel he’s leaning toward one school, Mathis said he’s eyed four schools fairly evenly.
SAN ANTONIO — Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city — including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel — and used the day to recover from two days of practice. The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice: Quarterback play: Instead of naming one, we’ll name all seven: USC commit Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash.
SAN ANTONIO — Wednesday was a day of rest — time off the football field, at least — for the U.S. Army All-Americans. For players such as Ohio State commit Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs), the rest was well deserved. An ESPN 150 running back, Elliott has double-dipped for the West team as a running back and a defensive back. The 6-foot, 205-pound athlete has seen time at safety because of roster injuries. While some Buckeyes fans are questioning the move, Elliott is just happy to be in San Antonio competing and wearing his white No.
SAN ANTONIO — ESPN 300 wide receiver Tony Stevens (Orlando Fla./Evans) knows where he wants to go to school, but he’ll wait until Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl to announce it. Florida State, Texas A&M and Ohio State are the three schools Stevens will choose from. “I know where I want to go,” said Stevens, the No. 29 receiver and No. 207 player overall. “Basically [it came down to] how I felt when I went to the school and how they treated me.
SAN ANTONIO – ESPN 150 wide receiver James Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) has drawn plenty of attention for his play through two practices for the East team in preparation for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He’ll garner even more eyes his way on Saturday when he announces his commitment during the game. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said he is down to Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon. Though his decision will come Saturday, it could be finalized by Wednesday morning, as he sits down to discuss his options with his parents, who are in town for the event.
SAN ANTONIO — ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) isn’t big on speaking publicly. He’d rather let his game do the talking — and it speaks volumes. On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 222-pound linebacker officially confirmed that he will announce his college plans during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Oregon, Texas A&M and Ohio State are his three finalists. Mitchell said all three schools — and even a fourth, Oklahoma — had their positive qualities throughout his recruiting process.