All-Star Games For UCLA Recruits

Nine of UCLA's committed prospects and a handful of uncommitted recruits have been selected to one of the three postseason all-star games: the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the UnderArmour All-American Game and the Offense-Defense All-American Game, with practices and the games taking place next week...

For year's the U.S. Army All-American Game was the lone national all-star game. But in the last two years, more have become available, and next week, there will be three All-American games being held and UCLA has commits in each of the three games.

The U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio has had a Bruin commit the past two years, with Kai Forbath and Terrence Austin in 2006 and Brian Price last year. Austin became the first recruit to commit to UCLA during the game.

Other UCLA recruits to have played in the game include Eric McNeal, Bob Cleary, Jibril Raymo, Junior Taylor and Tyler Ebell.

This year, Dorsey safety Rahim Moore is one of 11 California natives selected to the game, which will be held at the Alamodome and televised nationally on NBC on Saturday, January 5th at 10 a.m. PST.

Moore is also the third player from Dorsey selected in the past three years, joining Stafon Johnson and Mark Johnson, who were on the 2006 team.

"Man, this has been a goal of mine since I started playing football," said Moore. "When Stafon played in it, he was telling me all about it, so I set out to make this game. It's an incredible honor."

The Army Bowl features a traditional East-West matchup, with the West drawing largely from California and Texas.

New to the all-star circuit this year is the UnderArmour All-American Game in Orlando. The game will be televised nationally on ABC on Saturday, January 5th at 11 a.m. PST.

Five current Bruin commits have been selected to the game and one former commit will be playing. In addition, a few undecided recruits that UCLA has targeted will also be participating.

The UnderArmour game has a unique way of paring the teams. Instead of going with regional teams (i.e., East-West or North-South), the UnderArmour game is splitting the teams up evenly and featuring positional matchups that are intriguing, even if players are from the same area.

Team RED features committed linebacker Uona Kaveinga and safety E.J. Woods. Kaveinga is one of two inside linebackers for Team RED along with onetime UCLA recruit Jon Major, who's committed to Colorado. Woods is part of a safety trip that also includes the top safety in the country in Will Hill and Jamoris Slaughter.

Zebrie Sanders, the Ohio native who visited UCLA unofficially this spring, will play on the offensive line for the Red. Sanders has said he plans to visit UCLA in January officially, and they are in his final five.

Two other names that UCLA fans will remember are Landry Jones, a quarterback from New Mexico who committed to Oklahoma over Oregon, Stanford and UCLA among others. Martin Bayless is another, the former Chula Vista native who camped at UCLA this summer before moving to Houston. Bayless will play receiver for Team RED.

Team SILVER boasts three current Bruin commits and one former commit, who you can expect to get the full-court press from his fellow commits.

Nick Crissman is one of the three quarterbacks for Team SILVER, joining E.J. Manuel (Florida State) and Kyle Parker (Clemson).

Rooming with Crissman is former UCLA commit Aundre Dean. The Texas native is one of four running backs on the Silver roster. Crissman has said he plans to get Dean back on board.

"I'll be working that angle a lot," said Crissman. "That will definitely be happening."

The offensive line features two UCLA targets, one who has an offer, and one who's hoping for one.

Oakland McClymonds guard Allen Carroll has kept UCLA in the mix despite the coaching change and he could visit UCLA officially next month. Carroll will play guard for Team Silver. Vaughn Dotsy, the mammoth lineman from St. Bonaventure in Ventura will attend the game, but he's out with an injury suffered in the CIF Playoffs. Dotsy has maintained UCLA as one of his leaders throughout despite lacking an offer.

Anthony Dye, UCLA's first commit, is one of four cornerbacks selected for Team Silver, joining a talented crop in the secondary.

Jeff Locke, the committed punter from Arizona, will handle both the punting and kicking duties for Team Silver.

The Offense-Defense All-American Bowl made its debut last year and Raymond Carter was the lone Bruin selected to it.

This year the game will feature three UCLA commits, and a fourth had been selected but will sit it out with an injury.

The O-D All-American Bowl will be played Friday, January 4th at the Orange Bowl in Miami and it will be televised nationally by FOX College Sports at 4 p.m. PST. It features the more traditional East-West format.

Damien Holmes, UCLA's committed defensive end from Colton and Datone Jones, their other committed defensive end from Compton will both play for the West, lining up opposite each other at ends.

Aaron Hester is the third of UCLA's stellar defensive backs to be selected to an all-star game and he'll play cornerback for the West.

Patrick Larimore was selected to the game but after injuring his hand in the playoffs, will sit it out.

One time UCLA commit Kemonte Bateman, who is now a verbal to Arizona State, will also play for the West.


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