Army Bowl: Breaking Down the Offensive Players for the West

Jan. 4 -- Scout breaks down the players on offense for the West at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio...

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl kicks off on Monday, with practices starting in San Antonio leading up to the game being played on Saturday, January 9 at 12 p.m. CT.

Here is a breakdown of the offense for the West.

Quarterbacks

The best positional group offensively for the West is at quarterback, with the West having three of the top six quarterbacks in the country.

Headlining the group is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy five-star Shea Patterson, the No. 1 quarterback nationally by Scout.  The Mississippi commit is the No. 5 overall prospect nationally and the highest-rated prospect on the West regardless of position.

Joining Patterson is Avon (Ind.) four-star Brandon Peters, who's committed to Michigan. Peters is the No. 4 quarterback in the 2016 class.

Rounding out the group is Santa Margarita (Calif.) four-star K.J. Costello.  A year after four California quarterbacks were in San Antonio, Costello is the lone passer from the Golden State and he'll stay in California for college, having been a longtime commit to Stanford.

Running Backs

A trio of four-stars make up the backfield for the West, one from the Texas, one from California and one from the Islands.

After leading Katy (Texas) to a state championship, Kyle Porter will have one final game as a prep in his native Texas.

Mililani (Hawaii) running back Vavae Malepeai had one of the most decorated careers of any skill player from Hawaii, earning State Player of the Year honors in 2015 and before he goes to Oregon, he'll be in San Antonio for the West.

Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete athlete Melquise Stovall comes to San Antonio fresh off his commitment to California and while he'll be used in a variety of ways when he gets to Berkeley, he'll focus on running back at the Army Bowl.  

Receivers & Tight Ends

California was loaded in the 2016 class at receiver and there are five Californians playing receiver in Texas.

Leading the group is La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat five-star Tyler Vaughns, who's been the top-rated receiver from the West for over a year, one of three USC commits at the position in the game.

He'll be joined by his Amat teammate Trevon Sidney who will join him at USC, Sidney, a four-star athlete by Scout.

The final Trojan commit selected is Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian four-star athlete Michael Pittman, who may have had the best season of any receiver in the Southland.  Pittman will be coached in the Army Bowl by his Oaks head coach Jim Benkert, the head coach of the West.

Two more California receivers in San Antonio, both set to make their decisions in San Antonio are Corona (Calif.) Centennial's Javon McKinley and Santa Margarita (Calif.) receiver Dylan Crawford.

McKinley, who is down to Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington, has been one of the West's most productive receivers the past three seasons while Crawford, who will pick from Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington, has the luxury of having his 7v7 and high school quarterback, Costello, also on the West.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood receiver Simi Fehoko was the Utah State Player of the Year after a record setting career for Cottonwood and has shined every time we've seen him on a national stage so the Stanford commit shouldn't have any problem being in the spotlight.  It will also give him a chance to start building chemistry with Costello before the two get to The Farm.

Detroit (Mich.) King receiver Donnie Corley is the one Midwest receiver on the West and while he remains uncommitted, Michigan State would love to keep him in-state and is trying to hold off Ohio StateTennessee and Miami.

The lone Texan receiver is one of the nation's best in Navasota (Texas) four-star Tren'Davian Dickson, who is committed to Art Briles and Baylor. Dickson is the No. 2 receiver in Texas and the No. 4 receiver nationally.

The West Coast's top tight end in 2016, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle four-star Devin Asiasi, is the lone tight end on the roster for the West.

Offensive Line

Up front, the state of Kentucky will be well-represented in San Antonio.

And Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats will be the beneficiaries of two Army All-Americans come Signing Day.

Leading the way for the West is the nation's No. 1 center, Versailles (Ky.) Woodford Co center Drake Jackson.

He'll be joined by fellow Kentucky commit Landon Young, a four-star tackle who's staying home in Lexington to play for the Wildcats out of Lafayette HS.

Green Bay (Wisc.) Bay Port four-star Cole Van Lanen will also stay home in college, committed to Paul Chryst and Wisconsin and he's the West's highest rated tackle in the game, No. 7 overall.

The highest overall rated lineman in the game is West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley guard John Raridon, the No. 2 guard nationally and No. 40 overall prospect by Scout, who is a commit to Nebraska.

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech guard Michael Onwenu is another top ten guard playing for the West and he too is headed to the Big Ten, committing to home-state Michigan.

Oklahoma City (Okla.) John Marshall tackle Tramonda Moore is the No. 1 overall prospect from Oklahoma and is the sole Midlands representative on the West's offensive line.

California has a pair of Orange County natives headed to the Pac-12 on the West, both ranked No. 2 at their position in the West.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei four-star guard Frank Martin is committed to USC and is the No. 2 guard in the region.

And San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) JSerra four-star tackle Luke Wattenberg, a commit to Washington and like Martin, out of the vaunted Trinity League, is the West's No. 2 tackle prospect.


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