Each team, on offense and defense alike, both were loaded with plenty of high-profile prospects from the Class of 2021 during the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Jan. 18 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. In the end, however, East prevailed over West, 25-24.
Marshall commit Seth Smith of the East was Offensive MVP after throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Missouri Valley Football Conference Tate Sauerwein and directing the game-winning drive capped by 5-yard touchdown run from Jackson State commit Kevin May.
Tennessee-Martin commit JaMichael McGoy got things started off right for the East with a 91-yard touchdown run on the first play following the opening kickoff. Naturally, Ohio Valley Conference target Michael Rich did not once hesitate to look in his direction thereafter.
Nevada commit Ty Collins on the West had his name in the conversation for Offensive MVP. No slouches, Conference USA target Andrew Nehrbass and Southland Conference target Ethane Hyche were more than capable compliments in the backfield.
Ohio Valley Conference target Lem Wash and Southland Conference Kannon Williams were a talented tandem for the West, behind a line featuring Conference USA target Logan Cluff-Amperse and Missouri Valley Football Conference target Shea Albrecht.
Illinois commit Tyler Strain, Princeton commit Mark-Anthony Prescott, Army commit Joseph Carter, Jackson State commit Jeremiah Brown and Jacksonville State commit Slade Alexander anchored the defense for the East. All were worthy of recognition.
NFL veteran Ken Stills and his East coaching staff instilled trust in Navy commit Devin Mockobee, Southland Conference target Jackson Young, Colonial Athletic Association target Coult Fusell and Southland Conference target Jake Trice.
In the secondary for the West, Mountain West Conference target Ty Marsh was the marquee name and nearly took home the honors for Defensive MVP. When all was said and done though, Southland Conference Donovan Adkins earned the award.
Louisiana-Lafayette commit Jake St. Andre might’ve had the best week of practice prior to kickoff, as he drew the attention of NFL veteran George Teague and the West instructors. It was more of the same during the game. All eyes were on the linebacker.
Up front, the East had its share of stars, most notable was Iowa State commit Tyler Maro. South Alabama commit Reid Gavin was another, Patriot League target Hank Perry too, with Ohio Valley Conference targets and brothers Alex Delk and Wes Delk.
Worthy of acknowledgment, and down in the trenches for the East, were the likes of American Athletic Conference target Brendan Mayo, Missouri Valley Football Conference target Chris Moran and Southern Conference target Matthew Prudhomme.
Conference USA target Anthony Wilson, Mountain West Conference target Chase Rodriguez, Sun Belt Conference target Joe Angel Nunez, Conference USA target Jones Richardson and Pioneer Football League target Connor Eise opened up eyes.
Ohio Valley Conference target Ashtin Chavis, Colonial Athletic Association target Julian Bakos, Southland Conference target Elijah Reed, Ohio Valley Conference target Broc Bridges and Southland Conference target Johnny Breeden turned heads as well.