High School All-American Games Primer

Submitted by Leaders And Best on December 28th, 2012 at 10:32 AM

With the first High School All-American game scheduled for this weekend and most of the games having their practices start next week, I thought I would start a thread to discuss our recruits and prospects to watch this coming week.

Offense Defense All-American Bowl - Sunday, December 30th, 7pm ET, Comcast SportsNet, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX


No Michigan commits.

Other prospects to watch

Red Team:

  • Jon Reschke LB - MSU

Blue Team:

  • Dan Skipper OT - Tennessee

Under Armour All-American Game - Friday, January 4th, 5pm ET, ESPN, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL



Michigan commits

White team (Nitro):

  • Mike McCray II LB  (assuming he will not play after shoulder surgery)
  • Shane Morris QB
  • Henry Poggi DT
  • David Dawson OG
  • Patrick Kugler OG
  • Logan Tuley-Tillman OT

Other prospects to watch

White Team (Nitro):

  • Laquon Treadwell WR
  • Cameron Hunt OT - California

Black Team (Highlight):

  • Leon McQuay III S

Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl - Friday, January 4th, 9pm ET, NFL Network, Home Depot Center, Carson, CA


Michigan commits

East Team:

  • Ross Douglas CB
  • Maurice Hurst Jr. DT

Reported to be participating (not on official rosters):

  • Kyle Bosch OL
  • Taco Charlton DE
  • Wyatt Shallman ATH
  • Channing Stribling DB

U.S. Army All-American Bowl  - Saturday, January 5th, 1pm ET, NBC, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX


Michigan commits

East Team:

  • Jake Butt TE #87
  • Dymonte Thomas DB #14

West Team:

  • Chris Fox OL #73
  • Jourdan Lewis CB #27

Other prospects to watch

East Team:

  • Derrick Green RB #27

International Bowl - Tuesday, February 5th, 9pm ET, Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Austin, TX


Michigan commits

Team USA:

  • Jourdan Lewis DB #1
  • Khalid Hill TE #32
  • Ben Gedeon LB #40
  • David Dawson OL #51


Mr. Yost

December 28th, 2012 at 11:07 AM ^

The Army All-American Bowl used to be the clear #1, that's been clouded in recent years with the ESPN All-American Bowl. I'd say this year, ESPN has officially passed the Army Bowl for the top spot.

The others aren't really close, but the Semper Fi Bowl is probably #3, the International Bowl #4 (this bowl seems to have a lot of midwest guys) and the Offense/Defense #5.

I'm really not sure if there is a point to all of these games, the bottom 3 can't be making money...nonetheless it's a free trip for high school athletes and allows them to have a little fun.

I'm interested to see if our Michigan contingent can have an affect down in Florida. I don't think we'll land Treadwell, Hunt or McQuay, but games (and weeks) like this is where you see huge swings. If we're going to land any of those 3, I'd say it would be right after that week. Hopefully Dymonte and Jake (two of our recruiters) can land Mr. Green down in San Antonio.


December 28th, 2012 at 10:45 AM ^

Thanks for compiling this info, I plan on watching 2 or 3 of the games. Maybe Morris and Treadwell will connect for a couple TD's and our other recruits will help convince him UofM is the right choice.


December 28th, 2012 at 12:21 PM ^

I actually printed this post out for myself so I can reference it during the games that I might watch. It's one thing to watch all the highlight reels that come across here from time to time, but at least for me, this is the only time I will see some of the recruits play in a game situation before they arrive in Ann Arbor. That makes this particularly useful for me - thanks for putting this together.

Everyone Murders

December 28th, 2012 at 12:27 PM ^

For the Under Armour Game we have all six U-M commits on the same team.  And all four U-M commits in the Int'l Bowl are playing on Team USA.  (Which, in a better world, would be called Team America and/or The World Police.)

Seems unlikely they all ten of these players got slotted on the same team in their respective games by chance.  Does anyone know whether the players slotted based on their (currently non-binding) commitments in those games?

To the OP, thanks for putting this together.  I don't usually watch these things but the UA game is now on my radar screen thanks to your efforts.

Leaders And Best

December 28th, 2012 at 12:42 PM ^

The International Bowl pits USA Football's U-19 team versus an U-19 World team of all-star international players (mainly Canadians with some American Samoans and Japanese sprinkled in). Last year, the World Team actually beat Team USA (including Devin Funchess, Royce Jenkins-Stone, James Ross, & Terry Richardson).

The World Team has had some notable players in the past couple years like FSU DE Bjoern Werner and Alabama NT Jesse Williams.

Leaders And Best

December 28th, 2012 at 2:08 PM ^

International Bowl is classified in a different category from other all star games and takes place on the day before Signing Day so it does not conflict with the games that take place this next week.

For example, Jourdan Lewis is participating in both the US Army Bowl and the International Bowl like the others from last year.


December 28th, 2012 at 1:55 PM ^

FWIW, Ty Isaac is also on the White/Nitro team in the ESPN/Under Armour game...which is 20 miles away from where UM plays it's bowl game...just sayin'

I Like Burgers

December 28th, 2012 at 2:31 PM ^

ESPNU also broadcasts two days of practice and a skills competition.

1/1 -- Day 1 of practice: 3:30p-6:30p on ESPNU

1/2 -- Day 2 of practice: 3p-6p on ESPNU

1/2 -- Skills competition : 9p-10p on ESPN2