The Army All-American Bowl kicks off this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. on NBC, and will do so with a truckload of future Georgia Bulldogs on the field.
Houston County QB and UGA early enrollee Jake Fromm (#11) will start the game for the East squad after a commanding week of practice that saw him beat out players committed to Alabama, Clemson, and Stanford. Terrell County standout and recent commit Tray Bishop (#14) is working at running back (though he’ll move to the defensive backfield in Athens). He’ll be joined in the East backfield rotation by D’Andre Swift (#7). Newton County’s Jeremiah Holloman (#18) has shown unbelievable athleticism in practice this week, and will hopefully continue to show out in this afternoon’s game.
Up front blocking for those Bulldog skill position players will be tackle commits D’Antne Demery (#78) and Andrew Thomas (#54) along with guard Netori Johnson (#72). Thomas in particular has had an impressive week of practice, convincing analysts that he could contribute at a number of positions in the Classic City.
On the defensive side of the ball, safety Richard LeCounte (#4) will look to continue making friends and influencing people to fall over benches. Inside linebacker Nate McBride (#13) has shown excellent range in practice, and it should be interesting to see him use his athleticism in coverage against a strong West receiving corps.
And while the 2017 UGA signing class is largely complete, a couple of uncommitted targets will also be in action. Lee County defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon (#91) is both the highest rated unpledged prospect in Georgia and (so far as we know) the highest rated prospect left on the UGA recruiting board.
He’s been adamant this week that Alabama is his leader by a wide margin, but I’m a little skeptical about that. Call it a conspiracy theory, but I somewhat suspect that Georgia “makes a huge move” for Solomon headed into National Signing Day.
It's also worth keeping an eye on American Heritage (FL) offensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton, Jr. Slaton (#77) hails from the same high school that produced Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie, and he’s been impressive enough during this week’s practices for Georgia’s current OL commits to petition Coach Sam Pittman to try to find a spot for him in their signing class. With six offensive linemen in the fold already I’m not sure there’s room for Slaton on offense. But he’s apparently also expressed a willingness to play defensive tackle in college. If Georgia misses on a remaining target, especially Solomon, Slaton may be a solid alternative. Until later...