All-Star Games: Tide recruits

The University of Alabama will have several commitments and recruiting targets in All-American games this post-season. Andrew Bone provides an overview of who to watch and when in the next couple of weeks including announcements.


Under Armour

Thursday, January, 5th at 7:00 p.m. (CST) ESPN. The players will practice at the Disney Wide World of Sports, and the game will take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

This game features more Alabama commitments and targets than any other game. Six Tide commitments which includes National 100 Reggie Ragland, five-star middle linebacker from Madison-Bob Jones, Ala., Eddie Williams, four-star safety from Panama City Beach-Arnold, Fla., Chris Black, four-star wide receiver from Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., and Brandon Greene, four-star offensive tackle from Ellenwood-Cedar Grove, Ga.

The other Tide commitments who will participate include Amari Cooper, four-star wide receiver from Miami-Northwestern, Fla., and Dakota Ball, three-star defensive tackle from Lindale-Pepperell, Ga. Alabama has seen commitments participate in this game every year since it's inception in 2008.

Two players who will announce their decision at the game include Landon Collins, five-star safety from Geismar-Dutchtown, La., and Cyrus Jones, five-star wide receiver from Baltimore-Gilman, Md. Collins will announce for Alabama or LSU. Jones will announce for Alabama or Virginia Tech.

Channing Ward, five-star defensive end from Aberdeen, Miss., will also announce his decision at the game. All signs still point to remaining in-state. Jordan Jenkins, five-star defensive end from Hamilton-Harris County, Ga., will announce the following week on January 9th. Jenkins finalists include Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia. It appears more Alabama/UGA battle.

Jameis Winston, five-star quarterback from Hueytown, Ala., and Eddie Goldman, five-star defensive tackle from Washington D.C.-Edison-Friendship, are two players who are discussed a lot on Alabama's recruiting board. Winston remains a Florida State soft verbal, but will likely wait until after signing day to announce a final decision. Eddie Goldman has Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Miami as his top four schools. He expects to announce a decision on signing day.

Korren Kirven, four-star defensive tackle from Lynchville-Brookeville, Va., is scheduled to visit Alabama January 20th. Kwon Alexander, five-star outside linebacker from Oxford, Ala., won't participate in the game due to injury, but will attend the game. Alexander has visited Auburn, Florida State and LSU. He has recently kept a low profile regarding his recruitment.

U.S. Army

Saturday January 7th, 12:00 p.m. (CST) NBC The game takes place in San Antono, Texas at the Alamodome.

Alabama's Dee Hart won the MVP award a year ago in the U.S. Army game. The Tide will have another talented ball carrier in the game who won the MVP in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic. T.J. Yeldon, National 100 running back from Daphne, Ala., will hope to make a case for another star added to his name in San Antonio.

Geno Smith, National 100 cornerback from Atlanta-St. Pius X, Ga., and Dillon Lee, four-star middle linebacker from Buford, Ga., represent the Peach State Bama commitments in the game. Lee will head to Tuscaloosa following the U.S. Army game to begin his career at the Capstone.

Alabama will have a few targets in the game, but more of an outside shot than anything else. Deon Bush, four-star safety from Miami-Columbus, Fla., is a possibility. Bush has high interest in Alabama, Auburn and Miami.

The nation's top two prospects are in the game which includes Arik Armstead, five-star offensive tackle from Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove, Calif., and Dorlal Green-Beckham, five-star wide receiver from Springfield, Mo. They are not expected to announce their decision at the game. Armstead visited Alabama in November, and DGB might visit Tuscaloosa in January. Both are long shots for Alabama.

Tracy Howard, five-star cornerback from Miramar, Fla., will likely take an official visit to Alabama in January. Howard is expected to stay in-state.

Offense-Defense

Thursday, December 29th, 6:30 p.m. (CST). The game is taking place at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

This game has featured plenty of top talent throughout the years. This year two Alabama commitments include Tyler Hayes, four-star outside linebacker from Thomasville, Ala., and Kenyan Drake, four-star running back from Power Springs-Hillgrove, Ga. Darius Philon, three-star defensive end from Prichard-Vigor, Ala., missed the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic due to injury. He is in Dallas supporting his future teammates, but is not playing in the game in Dallas.

Semper Fidelis

Tuesday, January 3rd, 4:00 p.m. CBS Sports Network This is the inaugural year for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Alabama commitment Adam Griffith, the top kicker in the country from Calhoun, Ga., accepted the invitation to play in the game. Another Tide commitment selected for the game is Darren Lake, three-star defensive tackle from York-Sumter County, Ala.

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