Saturday - Future in Good Hands

By Patrick Stevens - January 05, 2008


SAN ANTONIO - The East topped the West, 33-23, in a hard-hitting, air-it-out affair that saw college football's next freshman class decide who rules each others positions as they closed out their high school careers.

SATURDAY
Lemming's Stock Watch - All American Bowl

FRIDAY
Lemming's Stock Watch - All American Practices

PREVIEW
Lemming's Video Breakdowns

School Shopping

Nine players made their college decisions during the All-American Bowl.

With the game winding down, Terrelle Pryor made a dash off the field into one of the corners where announcements were being made all throughout the game. A surprise decision coming from the No. 1 player? The drama ended when the Pete Dawkins Award for game MVP was seen waiting in the wings. There would be no shocker from Pryor, and the Ohio State/Michigan/Florida/Penn State/Oregon debate will go on for the Vince Young double.

Patrick Johnson (No. 40) - LSU
Some thought he was headed to Florida State after his appearance on CSTV's Generation Next with Seminole recruit Nigel Bradham. Some thought he would surprise everybody and re-commit to Miami after telling everybody it would be LSU, Florida or Florida State. Johnson wasn't thrown at all day, and he didn't throw anybody a bone all week as to who he'd pledge for. The BCS National Champion contenders came away with some recruiting momentum heading into Monday's game.

Gerell Robinson (No. 23) - Arizona State
It was said to be a factor of what Deion Walker would do. Both Robinson and Walker shared a common finalist in Notre Dame, and the depth chart was presumed to be an issue for the both of them. Robinson, a former Arizona commit, chose to stay in-state and chose the Sun Devils.

Ryan Williams (No. 51) - Virginia Tech
A breakthrough performer who was a popular name of his teammates when asked about a surprise player for the week, Williams stayed in-state as well as the Manassas native chose the Hokies over Boston College and Rutgers.

A.J. Harmon (No. 60) - Georgia
A longtime Clemson pledge wavered in recent months and confirmed all the Tigers' fans uncertainties when the big man announced for the Bulldogs.

Covaughn Deboskie - Cal
The secret got let out this week when word spread he would commit to the Bears. He denied it initially and went through the announcement process, sticking with the assumed choice and heading to the Pac-10. Deboskie actually has a younger brother who participated in the Junior Combine.

Solomon Koehler chose Arizona, Shayne Hale picked Pitt, Brandon Smith selected Michigan, and MarQueis Gray pledged for Minnesota.

GettIng Familiar

Future college teammates were looking for each other all over the field.

Irish Interest - Dayne Crist's favorite target was clearly Michael Floyd. Both are Notre Dame bound.

Buckeyes Boast - Lamaar Thomas looked to the sidelines after a big run and pointed right at Etienne Sabino and DeVier Posey, who returned the favor with some rounds of applause. Some Ohio State camaraderie showed there.

Longhorns Look Out - DJ Monroe tipped a ball that went into Nolan Brewster's hands for an interception orchestrated by the two Texas recruits.

The U Crew - Marcus Forston hanging out with fellow Hurricane commit Arthur Brown's standout brother Bryce Brown on the sidelines between downs.

By The Numbers

East 33 - West 23 (story)

QB Star Jackson (Alabama) hooked up with WR Jonathan Baldwin (Pitt) for a 47-yard TD pass to the corner of the end zone.

Blair Walsh (Georgia) missed a 47-yard field goal attempt before halftime.

Justin Sorenson (BYU) drilled home a 31-yarder for the West.

QB MarQueis Gray (Minnesota) hooked up with WR DeAndre Brown on a 19-yard fade for a TD.

S Rahim Moore got the big hit he wanted, breaking up a Terrelle Pryor to Posey pass-play in the third quarter.

RJ Washington (Oklahoma) sacked Pryor, one of the few times the No. 1 player has probably ever been dropped in the backfield.

A fake punt turns into a first down run for Walsh.

QB Andrew Luck (Stanford) hit Floyd in the back corner of the endzone from 38 yards out in the West's last ditch effort.

QB Terrelle Pryor had 79 rushing yards and 76 passing yards with a 6-yard TD run and 25-yard TD pass across the field to John Goodman (Notre Dame).

A quiet day for the nation's No. 1 running back and No. 2 ranked senior overall Darrell Scott. The undecided rusher (Texas, Colorado and Florida) had only three carries with the West just rushing it 12 total.

Floyd had four catches for 118 yards and 2 TDs.

Both the East and West's top tacklers finished with six each as Arthur Brown (Miami) and Rahim Moore (UCLA) led their respective squads.

Dress Code

The paparazzi caught some of the All-Americans exiting the arena in their school colors...


Miami bound Marcus Forston sports "The U" skull cap


Oklahoma recruits Stephen Good and RJ Washington are counting the days


Brandon Newman is feeling lucky

Posted by Patrick Stevens at 06:53 PM on January 05, 2008
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