Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE
Sure, it's bowl season. but it's also time for high school all star games, in which we get a first look at the college stars of the future.
Tomorrow night marks the sixth playing of the Under Armour All America game, in which some of the top high school prospects in the country will be click-clacking their way bravely toward their gridiron futures. As usual with such games the SEC is well represented both among prospects already committed and those expected to commit either at the game or shortly thereafter.
All eyes, for example, will be on Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche seems to have eliminated the Bulldogs long ago absent some serious mojo on the part of Todd Grantham. The prevailing wisdom is that he will join his brother Denzel at Ole Miss, which is cool. I wish them many happy Liberty Bowl victories.
The game will also feature several players committed to the Bulldogs. Among them is Camden County quarterback Brice Ramsey. Ramsey committed to the Bulldogs back in July of 2011 and has never wavered, despite offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Clemson and Florida State. Ramsey has also been one of the ringleaders of the Bulldogs' 2013 class, and has been serving as an ambassador for the Classic City Canines in Orlando this week.
One of Ramsey's top targets in Athens is likely to be Goose Creek, South Carolina's Tramel Terry. Terry was selected for the game, but unfortunately suffered a torn ACL on the first play of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
He'll be joined on the sidelines by Dooly County defensive lineman Montravius Adams, who was injured early in last month's state championship game. Adams is, as we've discussed at length here, perhaps Georgia's most important remaining target for this class. And, in what's kind of a pattern for this game, they'll both be joined by Rockingham, North Carolina guard Tyrone Crowder, a 6'3, 325 pound road-grader who's out with a bum wheel. While Crowder could definitely stand to she'd some bad weight, he's a guy who could blossom in the right conditioning program. Clemson appears to lead for his services, but he plans to visit Athens in late January, and as the cliche goes, you never know what will happen when you get a guy on campus.
Actually on the field will be a talented Norcross standout who Ramsey has been personally recruiting for a while now: tailback/slot receiver/kick returner Alvin Kamara. Kamara is an electric playmaker with good hands in the mold of Keith Marshall. Kamara has listed Alabama and Georgia as his leaders for months now, but has also indicated that he'd like to visit Oregon. Ultimately I anticipate he'll decide between the Tide and Bulldogs, though which one is anybody's guess. I think the Tide may be tough to beat, though if Kamara heads to Tuscaloosa it may make things interesting with some other backs recruited by Saban and company.
Also among the players selected for the game is Auburn, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, who recently deco mitten from Auburn and now appears to be considering Alabama, LSU, and Georgia. This game will be huge for Foster, who has struggled some with conditioning and performed unevenly at times during his senior season. I for one will be keenly interested in seeing how he performs against top level competition tomorrow.
Finally, keep an eye on Sandy Creek cornerback Shaq Wiggins. Wiggins committed to Georgia back in February 2012 but has vacillated some recently, largely due to the number of other defensive backs recruited as a part of our 2013 class. It remains to be seen whether he will stick with the 'Dawgs.
I'll be back tomorrow with a preview of Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Game, which includes yet more Bulldog commits and targets. Until then . . .