The All-American games aren’t usually a big deal for Sooners fans. This year is different. Oklahoma commits and targets litter the two biggest All-American games; the Army and Under Armour. The first one to take place will be the Under Armour All-American Game. It is set for New Year’s Day at 12 P.M. CT and will be live on ESPN. The second will be the Army All-American Bowl, which will be held on January 7th at 12 P.M. CT, and will air on NBC.
If you are new to the recruiting scene, both of these games will be played by some of the best high school prospects in the nation. Many are already committed, but some will announce their big decision during the game. On the Under Armour side, some names that have gone through the game include: Jameis Winston, Jadeveon Clownly, A.J. Green, Julio Jones and most recently, Houston DT, Ed Oliver. The Army All-American Bowl has been around much longer and as such has a very impressive alumni list including: Odell Beckham Jr., Ezekiel Elliot, Patrick Peterson, Derrick Henry, and Adrian Peterson.
Army All-American Bowl:
Jan 7th, 12pm CT – NBC
Commit: 4-Star Safety, Robert Barnes
Oklahoma commit, Robert Barnes, is one of the top safety prospects in the nation. His combination of size, speed, and aggressiveness give him tremendous upside at the next level. Barnes isn’t expected to play due to an injury earlier in his season. He should be ready to compete this summer. He would have worn #20 for the West.
Commit: 4-Star ILB, Levi Draper
Oklahoma commit and in-state product, Levi Draper, is one of the more highly touted inside linebackers the Sooners have recruited in recent years. Draper stands right around 6’3.5 adding immediate size to the Sooners’ linebacker core. Draper ranks 4th at his position and will be wearing #10 for the West.
Commit: 4-Star OLB, Addison Gumbs
Gumbs is an explosive and aggressive pass rusher off the edge. While Oklahoma has had excellent pass rushers at the position in Eric Striker and now Ogbo Okoronkwo, the haven’t had one with the combination size and speed Gumbs brings. He will be wearing #21 for the West.
Commit: 4-Star Center, Creed Humphrey
Creed Humphrey is unlike many of centers the Sooners have brought in over the past few years. His size and range are one thing, add his impressive strength and knowledge of the game and Oklahoma will be set at Center at least another 3 years. He will wear #56 for the East.
Commit: 4-Star ILB, Jacob Phillips
Phillips is an absolute run-stuffer. He’s a very good north-south player but has the speed to make plays all over the field. Like Draper, Phillips will bring immediate size and depth to his position, one that will be without Jordan Evans next year. He will wear #6 for the East
Commit: 4-Star DE, Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas is a rangy and marauding OLB/DE prospect from right here in Oklahoma. Thomas has the frame to develop into an impact pass rusher off the edge. Once he develops physically, there is no reason why this guy can’t become a monster for Mike Stoops’ defense. He will wear #55 for the West.
Target: 4-Star OT, Chuck Filiaga
Filiaga is a highly sought after OT who’s size and power is complimented by his athleticism. Filiaga moves very well for a guy his size, and has the length to keep would-be rushers at bay. This is a Michigan/Oklahoma battle and he will be making his decision live during the Army All-American Bowl. He will be wearing #66 for the West.
Target: 4-Star CB, Jaylon Johnson
Johnson has the prototypical size and speed to be a lockdown corner at the next level. Johnson’s aggressiveness, not only in coverage, but also against the run are why programs are still pursuing him after his commitment to Utah. Oklahoma has a chance here but will need to beat out both Utah and USC in the month of January. Johnson did not make the trip due to an injury. He would have worn #7 for the West.