Based on the decision from the Blue-Grey Football Selection Committee, it’s time to unveil the brand’s All-American Bowl Watch List after the staff traveled the country and stopped at NFL facilities with its NFL veteran coaches to evaluate prospects in the Class of 2017.
Moving forward, expect plenty of names to be added in this space. Also, official announcements on some, but not all, of this year’s game participants will be revealed over the next couple of months. The process continues until the end of November. Stay tuned for details.
Similar to the past, the All-American Bowls are in January at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field or Oakland Raiders’ Coliseum. Each will be nationally broadcast on Impact Football Network or ESPN (pending contract negotiations).
Worth mentioning, during All-American Bowl weekend, the individuals are under the guidance of NFL veterans. Mark McMillian, Arlen Harris, George Teague, Mike Alstott and Randall Cunningham are a few one-time professionals. For a list, follow this link (click here).
In the past, with many of the country’s premier recruits on the prep circuit in one place, there has been no shortage of talent on the field. For a list of game alumni, follow these links: Class of 2016 (click here), Class of 2015 (click here) and Class of 2014 (click here).
That said, a majority of the prospects featured below attended a recent nationwide All-American Combine (Regional or Super level) held at venues such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James’ Stadium and Cincinnati Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium, among others.
Recruits who missed the All-American Combines at the training facilities of the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles still received an acknowledgement after meeting standards of the brand’s aforementioned Selection Committee.
Editor’s note: Considering the amount of research involved with the scouting process, a pair of stories will focus on the players who have made cut for the All-American Bowl Watch List. For a closer look at who’s on the defensive side of the ball, follow the link (click here).
Danny Clark, Archbishop Hoban (OH): An Ohio State commit, the 6-foot-4 and 230-pound senior essentially has a starter’s role in one of the games waiting for him. Time to decide on a destination.
Austin Burton, West Orange (FL): A UCLA commit, the 6-3 and 203-pound senior is well-traveled and figures to enjoy his next stop, naturally out on the West Coast with the Bruins.
Mac Jones, The Bolles School (FL): An Alabama commit, the 6-2 and 180-pound senior could line up as the signal-caller in his own backyard, similar to Blake Bortles, before heading to college.
Tyler Lytle, Servite (CA): A Colorado commit, the 6-4 and 200-pound senior appears destined to make an appearance underneath center on the big stage at Jerry’s World in the Lone Star State.
Xavier Martin, Steele (TX): A Texas Tech commit, the 6-foot and 180-pound senior is a threat to throw the ball down the field, or, tuck the pigskin and take off running. Pick your poison.
Chase Cord, Sunrise Mountain (AZ): A Boise State commit, the 6-3 and 195-pound senior is well-known in West Coast recruiting circles. Still, he possesses a fair amount of national appeal.
Jake Haener, Monte Vista (CA): A Washington commit, the 6-1 and 188-pound senior would not need to travel far to call the shots out in Northern California. To be exact, in the Black Hole.
Chase Garbers, Corona del Mar (CA): A Cal commit, the 6-3 and 205-pound senior has a big arm, to go along with a big frame. Needless to say, there’s plenty to like about his game.
Rocky Lombardi, Valley (IA): A Michigan State commit, the 6-4 and 215-pound hopes to make his mark in the Big 10 Conference in the near future. Odds are, he has no problem doing so.
John Bledsoe, Summit (OR): A Northern Arizona commit, the 6-3 and 200-pound senior recently put the recruiting process behind him despite contact from teams in the Pac-12 Conference.
Rodney Hall, Cass Technical (MI): A Northern Illinois commit, the 6-2 and 210-pound senior doesn’t receive near enough recognition. That perception, unfair or not, needs to change.
Devon Moore, Waterloo West (IA): An Iowa State commit, the 6-foot-4 and 215-pound senior emerged on the radar right at the start of the year. Little, or nothing, has changed since then.
Peyton Mansell, Belton (TX): An Iowa commit, the 6-2 and 190-pound senior will soon leave the Lone Star State and test his mettle against the country’s best in the Big 10 Conference.
Tanner Morgan, Ryle (KY): A Western Michigan commit, the 6-1 and 200-pound senior is eager to prove himself after attending the All-American Combine (Midwest Regional) one year ago.
Tyler Vander Waal, Christian Brothers (CA): A Ball State commit, the 6-4 and 200-pound senior received multiple offers, none more promising than the recent one from the Cardinals.
Trenton Hatfield, Muncie Central (IN): An Illinois State commit, the 6-2 and 190-pound senior was his position’s top prospect at the All-American Combines (Regional and Super levels).
Jonathan Lewis, St. Peter’s Prep (NJ): A Rutgers commit, the 6-3 and 210-pound senior caught the attention of many programs. In the end, he wanted to stay on the East Coast for college.
Joseph Brunell, Episcopal (FL): The 6-1 and 185-pound senior is a target of programs from the Patriot League and there’s a reasonably good chance he’ll stay on the East Coast for college.
Darriel Mack, Norview (VA): The 6-foot-3 and 210-pound senior has impressed the powers that be in the ACC. Virginia and Virginia Tech, naturally, would like to keep him close to home.
Seth Washington, Episcopal School of Dallas (TX): The 6-2 and 195-pound senior has double digit offers, and now, teams from the Big 12 Conference are in the whole conversation.
Chase Hayden, St. George’s (TN): An Arkansas commit, few can match the overall skill set of the 5-10 and 185-pound senior. No task is too tough, both on the ground and in the air.
Otis Anderson, University Christian (FL): A Central Florida commit, the 5-8 and 165-pound senior has carved out a nice little niche for himself and the future is indeed bright.
Dominic Williams, Independence (TX): A Kansas commit, the 5-9 and 185-pound senior is difficult to tackle in space, and with an extra gear, the threat to score is always a possibility.
Trelon Smith, Cypress Ridge (TX): An Arizona State commit, the 5-9 and 180-pound senior will soon leave home for life in the Pac-12 Conference and figures to fit in just fine.
Chauncy Smart, Auburndale (FL): The 5-9 and 164-pound senior is in possession of a scholarship count that continues to climb. Soon enough, the list could include more than 20 offers.
Billy Reagins, Kempner (TX): The 6-1 and 195-pound senior has recently been in contact with potential suitors from the Big 12 Conference. Safe to say, the bandwagon is filling up fast.
Terence Dunlap, Maplesville (AL): Once a relative unknown, scouts became aware of the 5-11 and 170-pound senior after delivering at the All-American Combine (Alabama Regional).
Morgan Ellison, Pickerington Central (OH): The 6-1 and 217-pound senior is a hot commodity in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and his multiple offers on the table are proof of that.
Lincoln Gibbs, Langford (SD): A North Dakota State commit, no one works more diligently than the 5-11 and 205-pound senior. Determination has, and certainly, will never be an issue.
K.J. Sapp, Cherokee Trail (CO): The 5-9 and 160-pound senior realized more of his untapped potential during the All-American Combine (Colorado Regional). Sky’s the limit now.
DeWayne Murray, Steel Valley (PA): With close to double-digit offers, more than a few from the Mid-American Conference (MAC), the 5-9 and 185-pound senior has many options.
Randal Grimes, Desert Pines (NV): A USC commit, with a roster spot seemingly all locked up, the 6-4 and 205-pound senior has plenty of upside. More than most his peers, truth be told.
Charleston Rambo, Cedar Hill (TX): An Oklahoma commit, the 6-2 and 170-pound senior was approaching a scholarship count of 30, only to pull the trigger on a pledge with the Sooners.
Hunter Rison, Skyline (MI): A Michigan State commit, the 5-11 and 195-pound senior emerged on the radar around this time last year. Since then, he’s developed in to a national name.
Tyrell Shavers, Lewisville (TX): An Alabama commit, the 6-6 and 195-pound senior chose to play at the next level in the SEC, but not before having close to 30 scholarships in place.
Johnny Johnson, Chandler (AZ): A UNLV commit, the 6-foot and 190-pound senior made his all-important college pledge despite being pushed and pulled in several different directons.
Kolby Taylor, Chandler (AZ): An Oregon State commit, the 5-11 and 187-pound senior had close to 10 offers before shutting down the process and deciding to play in the Pac-12 Conference.
Quintin Morris, George Ranch (TX): A Bowling Green commit, the 6-3 and 205-pound senior took center stage at the All-American Combine (Southwest Super) and hasn’t looked back since.
B.J. Watson, Calvert Hall College (MD): A Harvard commit, obviously who takes care of business on and off the field, the 5-9 and 180-pound senior possesses difficult-to-find explosiveness.
Ethan Dedeaux, Liberty (NV): A San Diego State commit, the 5-9 and 170-pound senior is not one-dimensional. Far from it, in fact. He can get open in a variety ways, despite double coverage.
Jamire Calvin, Cathedral (CA): With multiple scholarships in place, Notre Dame might have the inside track on a pledge from the 5-10 and 165-pound senior. Then again, only time will tell.
Jarique Moore, Fairmount (NC): Already with attention on the East Coast, word started to spread about the 6-foot and 175-pound senior after the All-American Combine (Mid-Atlantic Super).
Kade Warner, Desert Mountain (AZ): The 6-2 and 205-pound senior recently made a name for himself and could possibly land in the Big Sky Conference. At this stage of the game, anyway.
Tyler Knutson, Prior Lake (MN): For some strange reason, the jury is still out on the 6-3 and 178-pound senior and schools continue to sleep on him. It’s time for everyone to wake up.
Kaylon Geiger, Paschal (TX): The 5-10 and 170-pound senior is on the Big 12 Conference radar and it’s no surprise after seeing him in action at the All-American Combine (Southwest Regional).
Kenny Nelson, Trinity Christian Academy (TX): The 6-2 and 215-pound senior is about as athletic as they come and also versatile enough to line up at tight end from time to time.
Bryan Thompson, Rancho Verde (CA): The 6-3 and 190-pound senior has what would appear to be, the new norm so to speak, the prototypical size for the next level. Sky’s the limit for him.
Curtis Chiaverini, Valor Christian (CO): The 6-1 and 185-pound senior recently emerged on the radar of many programs. Don’t be surprised, at some point soon, to see other schools join the mix.
Isaiah Hodgins, Berean Christian (CA): A one-time Washington State commit, the 6-3 and 195-pound senior could still end up in the Pac-12 Conference, and perhaps, Oregon is a good bet.
Max Fine, Williams Field (AZ): The 6-2 and 215-pound, regardless of the circumstance, whether it’s a game or practice beforehand, has an uncanny knack for developing into the top target.
Camron Horry, Taylor (TX): A Texas A&M commit and son of an NBA veteran, the 6-5 and 261-pound senior has successfully stepped from the shadows to forge his own gridiron identity.
Kedrick James, La Vega (TX): An Alabama commit, the 6-5 and 250-pound was one of the country’s more sought-after recruits until being convinced that Tuscaloosa was the place to be.
Dante Sparaco, IMG Academy (FL): A Colorado commit, the 6-5 and 255-pound senior plays for one of the country’s premier prep programs. That said, competition comes naturally to him.
Adam Boselli, Episcopal (FL): The 6-5 and 210-pound senior has close to 10 offers, multiple from the ACC. Also worth noting, Florida State is in the mix. That could be trouble for other teams.
Michael Gombert, Cactus Shadows (AZ): The 6-3 and 235-pound senior does a little bit of everything. Most of it well. Suppose that best explains why colleges continue reaching out to him.
Kanan Ray, Sierra Canyon (CA): A UCLA commit, all signs point to the 6-4 and 275-pound senior being an ideal fit down in the trenches for one of three games, perhaps in Northern California.
Josh Lugg, North Allegheny (PA): A Notre Dame commit, the 6-7 and 293-pound senior is on the same path as fellow Fighting Irish pledges Parker Boudreaux, Julian Love and Troy Pride.
Poutasi Poutasi, Desert Pines (NV): A Louisville commit, the 6-4 and 295-pound senior comes from a family filled with NFL bloodlines. It will be interesting to see if he soon follows suit.
Michael Young, Queen Creek (AZ): A Boise State commit, 6-6 and 330-pound senior often times is a man among boys on the prep circuit. Can’t imagine he’ll have any problems at next level.
Kendall Randolph, Bob Jones (AL): An Alabama commit, the 6-5 and 290-pound senior has some serious pull and is one of the more well-known national names on this level. He’s the real deal.
Kevin Jarvis, Maine South (IL): A Michigan State commit, the 6-5 and 340-pound senior had no shortage of options. Schools in the SEC, at one point in fact, would not take no for answer.
Owen Drexel, Montclair (NJ): A Pitt commit, the 6-4 and 280-pound senior is about as important as anyone on the field, given his responsibility with the ball is in hands from the center spot.
Johnny Jordan, Gonzaga (MD): A Maryland commit, the 6-2 and 295-pound senior is another prospect who has plenty of responsibility and orchestrates the offense from the middle.
Robert Martin, St. Joseph’s (NJ): A Penn State commit, the 6-5 and 265-pound senior was always known as a force to be reckon on the East Coast, and now, word is starting to spread.
Dawson Deaton, Frisco (TX): A Texas Tech commit, the 6-5 and 297-pound senior enjoyed the whole recruiting process, with 20 offers, including ones from Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences
Eric Wilson, Benilde-St Margaret’s (MN): A Harvard commit, the 6-4 and 280-pound senior had plans to attend the All-American Combine (Minnesota Regional). Still, he remains a target.
Riley Locklear, Spring Valley (WV): A Tennessee commit, the 6-5 and 290-pound senior is typically a man among boys down in the trenches, without much opposition for that matter.
Heston Paige, Thunder Ridge (CO): A Colorado commit, the 6-5 and 275-pound senior takes a business-like approach to his blocking craft and no one can argue with the results at this stage.
Alan Ali, Timber Creek (TX): An SMU commit, the 6-5 and 270-pound senior was a target of several schools in the Lone Star State. That is, of course, until the Mustangs won him over.
Austin Boen, Roosevelt (SD): A South Dakota State commit, the 6-4 and 300-pound senior essentially runs the show at center, and obviously, understands what’s expected of him.
Larry Boyd, Trinity Catholic (MO): The 6-5 and 330-pound senior has a scholarship list that’s difficult to keep up with. Humble throughout the journey, the attention has not changed him.
Jonathan Nathaniel, Basha (AZ): The 6-5 and 250-pound senior is about as well-rounded as the come. This time next year, he’ll most likely be preparing to perform well on Saturdays.
Cole Schneider, Riverdale (FL): Maybe no big man impressed the powers that be more than the 6-3 and 300-pound senior at workouts for the All-American Combines (Regional or Super level).
Jalen McKenzie, Clayton Valley (CA): The 6-5 and 300-pound senior has a handful of offers, with Miami and UCLA being among the most recognizable. SEC schools could soon be in the mix.
Aaron Banks, El Cerrito (CA): The 6-7 and 300-pound senior has a scholarship in place from seemingly all of the nation’s powerhouse programs. Still, looks like USC is the frontrunner.
Dylan McCreery, Valley Christian (CA): The 6-3 and 317-pound senior is equipped with a nasty streak, which is a good thing, no doubt about it. Opponents know his demeanor all too well.
Michael Saffell, Edison (CA): When it comes to technique, few can match the discipline of the 6-2 and 293-pound senior. Accordingly, many potential suitors are from the Pac-12 Conference.
Jack Lewaren, Ashwaubenon (WI): The 6-6 and 280-pound senior typically towers over opponents and there’s no drop-off in production when he’s lineup up against someone similar in size.
Gavin Blomberg, Providence Academy (MN): Teams from the Big 10 Conference reached out to the 6-4 and 300-pound senior. Now, it seems, only a matter of time before he lands a big offer.