USAAAB: Midlands Look Back

FOX Sports NEXT takes a look at a few of the Midlands athletes who broke out last year after a good showing at the US Army All-American Combine.

Of those who attend the US Army All-American Combine, not a large number of the participants have many, if any verbal offers. Then too, not many come from not having any offers to being a Top 10 player at his position either. Here is a look at a few players from the Midlands region who attended the combine in 2012 with no offers and little interest before making a name for themselves.

DE Torrodney Prevot – Houston (TX) Alief Taylor
This may be the best case in point for the entire feature. Last year in San Antonio, Prevot was a lean kid at about 6-4, 205-pound defensive end who had a primary strength, which was getting to the quarterback. He wasn't a complete unknown, but there were not many interview requests for him at that time. Within a couple of months, Prevot got his first offer, and it was a big one from LSU

From that point on, the offers were coming in by the doubles, several times in a day. In the end, Prevot ended up with somewhere between 30-35 offers. In the off season, he made a commitment to USC. On top of that, not only did he make the Army All-American team, but was a starter at defensive end.

CB Maurice Smith – Sugar Land (TX) Dulles
Smith was one of the last interviews we did last year as he and a number of his friends, including Prevot and others who will end up on this list, were hanging out after the combine before pulling out. Smith had some interest, but at the time nothing was serious. He played on both sides of the ball as a junior and was projected as a cornerback. After a solid showing here and at UnderArmour, NIKE Camp, Next Level and a few other combines, Smith was a hot commodity. Known for his physical style of play, several programs flocked in to offer. His family allowed him to make a number of trips to see where the best fit was.

The one that sold him more than others was the trip to Alabama. Getting to work one-on-one with coach Nick Saban was one many reasons that sold Smith and led to his commitment. 

Reginald Chevis – Houston (TX) Sharpstown
Getting the opportunity to meet and interview Chevis before the all star weekend meant that we were already more than familiar with his abilities. At the combine one of his strength was not able to be utilized as Chevis is known for his ability to stop the run. Aside from that, he had a pretty good showing and continued to make a few camp/combine stops. Offers began coming in, but he went on record expressing interest in wanting one from Texas A&M. Sooner than later it came. And though he did not commit on the spot, he did not let the off season pass before saying yes to the Aggies.

RB Jowan Davis – Sealy (TX) 
It was January 12 last year when we first spoke with Davis. At that time he was trying to get in on some junior days at Big 12 programs, but for the most part there was not a lot going as it related to recruiting. A few days later he was named the MVP at the NLA Combine that was loaded with a number of the top guys to date. Six months later, he found what he was looking for as he made a commitment to Rice, and is now a three-star running back.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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