Gerard Martinez | USC Football.com

Under Armour and Semper Fi All-American previews

The high school all-star season gets under way with the Under Armour All-America game Jan. 2 in Orlando (Fla.). While the game isn't heavy on USC targets, there are a few players to watch for.

USC’s representation in the Under Armour All-America game is traditionally sparse, and this year is no different. Glendora (Calif.) three-star quarterback Matt Fink was the only USC commit playing in the game until Lakeland (Fla.) defensive tackle Keyshon Camp was added to the roster this week. Fink is a dual-threat quarterback, and his ability to run when plays break down is of great value in an all-star game with two days of practice.

The Trojans did end up landing a commitment from Under Armour All-American Ronald Jones II last January. Iman Marshall, another Under Armour All-American committed to USC on signing day, but don't expect any big recriting news for USC from Orlando this week.

There are no anticipated commitments for the Trojans during the game. Elk Grove (Calif.) safety Lamar Jackson was set to announce at the game, but the four-star safety will now announce his college decision a week before signing day. USC remains in his top two with Nebraska.

Jackson has unofficially visited USC several times, although he will not take an official visit. At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, Jackson could line up as a defensive back or a linebacker in the game. In 2013, Juju Smith actually played linebacker in the Under Armour All-America game.

UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICA USC COMMITS
Matt Fink Keyshon Camp Oluwole Betiku (Will not play)

The big target playing in the game was going to be Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star defensive end Oluwole Betiku, However, Betiku will not participate in the game as he is recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered this season. Betiku is expected to enroll at USC Jan. 12 and participate in spring ball for the Trojans.

There are a handful of Under Armour All-Americans that may still end up officially visiting USC in January. Dade City (Fla.) Pasco cornerback Jayvaughn Myers and his half brother Tampa (Fla.) Catholic wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers will “probably” take official visits to USC. Myers was just offered a scholarship by USC this month, while Craig-Myers has been recruited by the Trojans for the better part of two years.

UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICA USC TARGETS
Rashan Gary Nigel Knott Nate Craig
Jayvaughn Myers Naseir Upshur Lamar Jackson

Craig-Myers was supposed to camp at USC last summer, but that trip never happened. Both players are considered long shots to leave the South, although those handling Craig-Myers' recruitment do have ties to USC. Jayvaughn and Nate have stated that they would like to play college football together.

Madison (Miss.) Germantown cornerback Nigel Knott and Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary are greater long shots still. While both players still have visits scheduled for USC in January, the Trojans are on the outside looking in for each. Gary is rated the nation’s No. 1 player, and with the hiring of Greg Schiano by Ohio State, the Buckeyes are considered the favorites to land his commitment.

Semper Fidelis Bowl

The Semper Fi Bowl tends to be an afterthought with the Army All-America and Under Armour games taking center stage. In 2016, the Semper Fi Bowl will be held on Jan. 3 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. PST and the game will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

USC will have commits C.J. Pollard and Josh Imatorbhebhe both playing in the game. The two Trojan mid-year graduates will face a handful of UCLA commits and targets in the game, including Westlake Village (Calif.) four-star wide our Theo Howard and Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West four-star Darian Owens.

USCFootball.com will preview the U.S. All-American Bowl, which is played Jan. 9, later in the week.


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