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January 7, 2011

College Football Report - 2011 US Army High School All-American Bowl Preview:

We’ve had one High School All-American game already. It’s time for the next. The annual US Army High School All-American Bowl, live from San Antonio, Texas. The original high school All-American game features the best of the East versus the best of the West. A star packed roster will flock San Antonio, as the teams are dominated by supreme high school talent with the likes of Malcolm Brown, Tony Steward and James Wilder Jr. The game kicks off at noon Saturday, January 8, live on NBC Saturday. It’s time to break down the best of the best, ranking the Top-10 players of each team: *Position rankings according to


1.) Tony Steward - #1* MLB – 6-2, 225 – Pedro Menedez, FL – Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, FSU

2.) Tim Jernigan - #1 DT – 6-2, 275 – Columbia, FL – Alabama, FSU, LSU, Florida, Georgia

3.) James Wilder Jr. - #1 OLB – 6-2, 220 – Plant Senior, FL – Florida State

4.) Teddy Bridgewater - #3 QB – 6-3, 190 – Northwestern, FL – Louisville

5.) Curtis Grant - #3 OLB – 6-3, 225 – Hermitage, VA – Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami (FL), Ohio State

6.) Nick O’Leary - #2 TE – 6-4, 220 – Dwyer, FL - Alabama, FSU, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), UNC

7.) Ray Drew - #8 DE – 6-5, 245 – Thomas Co. Central, FL – Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU

8.) Sammy Watkins - #2 WR – 6-1, 185 – South Fort Myers, FL – Clemson

9.) Demetrius Hart – #8 RB – 5-8, 190 - Dr. Phillips, FL – Michigan

10.) Brandon Shell - #6 OT – 6-7, 290 – Goose Creek, SC – South Carolina

Offense: The East features a lot of quick-speed on the offensive side of the ball, starting with Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. His mechanics may need some work at the next level, but Louisville is getting a heck of an athlete at the quarterback position. Orlando running back Demetrius Hart is another smaller quick player on the East roster. It should be interesting to see if Hart sticks with U-of-M, following the firing of head coach, Rich Rodriguez. There’s a good pair of wideouts as well on the East, in Sammy Watkins and Charone Peake. They’ll be teammates Saturday and next season, as both have verbally committed to Clemson.

Defense: The stars of the East roster lie on the defensive side of the ball. It all starts at linebacker where three of the best in the country will take the field for the East. Tony Steward, James Wilder and Curtis Grant are a special three to have on the field. Wilder is also a tremendous running back. All three will have a chance to play right away at the next level. Along the defensive line, perhaps the best down-lineman in the country will play for the East in Lake City, Florida defensive tackle Tim Jernigan. He’s a polished playmaker along the front. Playmakers exist in the secondary as well, where safety Wayne Lyons will suit up for the East. A tremendously smart player, Lyons will announce his college decision at the game.


1.) Malcolm Brown - #1 RB – 6-0, 210 – Byron M. Steel, FL – Texas

2.) DeAnthony Thomas - #1 CB – 5-9, 165 – Crenshaw, CA – USC

3.) Steve Edmond - #2 MLB – 6-3, 225 – Daingerfield, TX – Texas

4.) Kasen Williams - #4 WR – 6-2, 200 – Skyline, WA – Washington

5.) Aaron Green - #3 RB – 5-11, 190 – James Madison, TX – Nebraska

6.) George Farmer - #5 WR – 6-2, 192 – Junipero Serra, CA - USC

7.) J.W. Walsh - #6 QB – 6-2, 190 – John H. Guyer, TX – Oklahoms State

8.) Trey Metoyer - #1 WR – 6-2, 200 – Whitehouse, TX – Oklahoma

9.) Colt Lyerla – #5 OLB – 6-5, 225 – Hillsboro, OR – Cal, Oregon, USC, Nebraska, Oregon St.

10.) Viliami Moala - #2 DT – 6-2, 330 – Grant, CA – Alabama, Cal, Oregon State, USC, Washington

Offense: The only problem the West roster will have, will be finding enough carries to go around. A deep and talented backfield will look to break the trend of un-productive running backs in the Army Bowl. It all starts with Malcolm Brown, a Texas commit. He’ll look to give the Longhorns the running game they’ve been in need of. Aaron Green and Herschel Sims are two other special Texas products. Green will head to Nebraska, with Sims heading to Oklahoma. The West offense is also loaded with talented pass catchers. Kasen Williams, George Farmer, Trey Metoyer and DeAnthony Arnett are considered four of the best in the nation by experts everywhere. The quarterbacks will be a position to keep a close eye on, as well. J.W. Walsh and Bubba Starling are big athletic quarterbacks with even bigger arms.

Defense: The West’s defense starts in the secondary, led by No. 1 overall corner DeAnthony Thomas. Thomas is also considered one of the best running backs in the nation, and may get some carries in the game. Corners Charles Jackson and Stefan McClure are both lock-down corners. At linebacker, keep a close eye on a pair of California products in Jason Gibson and Tre Madden. A bit undersized for the position, both can fly to the ball-carrier. Linebacker Steve Edmond may be the West best pure defender, however. A long time Texas commit, Edmond has exceptional size and speed. An in-between prospect to watch is Oregon native Colt Lyerla. At 6-foot-5 225, Lyerla has the ability and speed to play outside linebacker at the next level, but some project him as a defensive end. Defensive tackle Viliami Moala is a massive space eater along the defensive front. He won’t be hard to miss in the game.

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