Army practice notes and photos

The Army All-American Bowl will be held Saturday, January 15th at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Click below for thoughts from the Friday practices as well as photos from the day.

The West coaches said Rey Maualuga (photo) has been the one defensive player who could probably step in right away and be a major contributor next year at the college level. For what it's worth, when the players were out shopping earlier this week Rey was asking the clerk if they had any USC shirts. At one point today the West and East teams came together for a photo and Rey grabbed Jason Gwaltney in a bear hug and was talking in his ear. I don't know what he was saying but hopefully it was encouraging for the Trojans.

It's amazing how much recruiting is going on between players for other players in this game. Guys are openly yelling for other guys to come to the same school as them and one of the good signs has been Mark Sanchez spending time with Patrick Turner (photo). There is no doubt that Patrick is the real deal and most people around the practice today seem to think that it will be SC but there are also plenty of folks who think he is headed to Tennessee so this will be another tight one. Patrick clearly has the Trojans ahead in his mind but the home school factor was played up big to him on his recent visit to the Vols and it had an impact.

I also talked to one family friend of the Cushing's and they said if things go well for Brian (photo, right) on the SC trip that he could easily see an SC commit. Brian will be making the visit with his mother, the parents would prefer for Brian to be closer to home but they are clear in that it will be his decision. One of the top junior corners in New Jersey, who will be taking part in the combine this weekend, is also a big-time SC fan and he says people call him a Matt Grootegoed type player.

Speculation is that Ekom Udofia is down to USC and Stanford although he made the comment to one person about his injury "if I get hurt again a Stanford degree is sure nice to have". An SC one isn't too bad either Ekom.

I talked to the DB coach for the West team and he was very impressed with Kevin Thomas. He says he's been very athletic for his size and has shown good cover ability.


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