High School football players participating in the US Army (USA) All-American Bowl Game, prepare to enter the Alamo Dome Stadium, located in San Antonio, Texas (TX), for the start of the East vs. West match up. The game features the top 80 high school football players in the country. ID: 030105-F-0365G-004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ohio State Fans Get A Glimpse Of The Future
A sneak peek at the future of Buckeyes football will come this weekend, as many of the verbally committed Ohio State recruits will play in one of the four All-American games.
Several other prospects that could be leaning toward OSU will also announce where they plan to play college ball during the weekend. This could make for a lot of optimistic Buckeyes fans, or it could lead to more misery.
Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
Sunday, December 30
The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl was held on December 30 in Houston's Reliant Stadium. Two future Buckeyes played in the game.
Ohio State fans have known they were gaining Jayme Thompson since April, 2011, but this game gave them the first chance to see the kid they hope will bring depth to a secondary that is losing its biggest play-maker. Thompson's big plays in the state championship game helped his Central Catholic High School to defeat Trotwood-Madison for the trophy.
Taivon Jacobs, a Buckeyes commitment from Maryland, also played in the game.
Under Armour All-America Game
Friday, January 4 at 5 p.m. ET
The Under Armour All-America Game is only in its sixth year, but it was grown to include some of the most talented high school players in the country and is known for being a heck of a game.
The highlight of this game for Ohio State fans will be that five future Buckeyes are all suiting up for Team Nitro. This quintet includes defensive end Joey Bosa, cornerback Cam Burrows, WR/ATH Jalin Marshall, TE Marcus Baugh and DB Gareon Conley.
In addition, ILB Trey Johnson plans to officially commit during the game. Many feel he is leaning toward State, where he could be on the field as soon as 2013.
The game will also showcase OL Logan Tuley-Tillman who burned his Ohio State letter and committed to Michigan. DE Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 ranked player in the country will also be playing.
Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
Friday, January 4 at 9 p.m. ET
The second Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl will be held in the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles immediately following the Under Armour All-America Game.
While the game does not feature any committed Ohio State Recruits, RB Corn Elder will be playing. This Tennessee native is considering the Buckeyes in addition to several other schools. It is widely believed he is leaning toward UCLA.
US Army All American Bowl
Saturday, January 5 at 1 p.m. ET
The original, and most well-known of the All-American games, the US Army All American Bowl, is held in San Antonio, Texas. Like the Under Armour All-America Game, this game will feature several future Buckeyes players.
The East team will have DB Eli Apple, OL Evan Lisle, DT Michael Hill and P Johnny Townsend. The West team will feature the man Kerry Coombs' was determined to woo, RB Ezekiel Elliott.
WR James Quick, who has kept State in the running, will announce where he will play college ball during the game. LB Mike Mitchell, who many feel is leaning toward the Buckeyes, may also announce his commitment during the event.