USAAAB: West Recruiting Notebook

As always, never a shortage of recruiting news at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Several players are solidly committed, others uncommitted or softly committed; some are making their decisions this week. We bring you the most compelling nuggets from Day Two.

Mike Mitchell will be making his decision on Saturday. Three hats will be out there: Ohio State, Oregon and Texas A&M. The school that gets Mike will be getting a recruiter as well, as he admitted that he will be actively trying to convince his brother Mickey Mitchell to play with him at the school he picks. Mickey, who is currently out for the 2012 hoop season with an ACL injury, is one of the top basketball recruits in the country and holds offers from an abundance of major schools. The player who is most actively recruiting him are a number of the LSU commits. But the advances come just a little too late. -Greg Powers, National Recruiting Analyst


Four-star linebacker Josh Banderas stands the first Nebraska prospect to star in this game since OL/DL Baker Steinkuhler in 2008. Like Steinkuhler, Banderas is also a Lincoln Southwest product and has already made his verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska, following in his father's footsteps. Tom Banderas was a tight end for the Huskers in the late '80s.

Tom mentioned that Josh has put on "a good ten pounds atleast" since the end of season in October, now a solid 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. Banderas also noted that Josh could see time at H-back, maybe fullback at Nebraska, but "Bo [Pelini] really wants him at linebacker."

And of course with ten spots left in the Huskers 2013 class, Banderas will be heavily recruiting over the next month- defensive tackles Eddie Vanderdoes and Scott Pagano being two of the largest targets.


It'd been rumored that LSU offensive lineman commit Josh Boutte would be visiting around before National Signing Day. Boutte admitted he would be making an official to UL-Lafeyette, but added, "I'm not going anywhere, though. I'm just making the trip. I'm headed to LSU, 100 percent."

---------------------'s Kevin Flaherty caught up with Texas' four-star offensive tackle commitment Kent Perkins, who noted that offensive line coach Stacy Searels has recruited him to come aboard as a left tackle, which is a big deal considering most thought he was set to be a right tackle.


Four-star cornerback Antwuan Davis, also committed to Texas, has been a pleasant surprise for most here in San Antonio, hitting the ground running and impressing in all aspects -- especially in his coverage of large receivers like the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Rickey Seals-Jones and 6'6, 214 Derrick Griffin. Still, Davis admitted future teammate Jake Oliver has been the toughest receiver he has matched up with all week.

Worth noting that Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina has told him with his size and speed it is going to be tough to keep him off the field early- and yes, even with all the 'backs returning.

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