Football Recruiting Roundup
This year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl was won by the West squad, which dominated the East, 35-3.
Leading the way for the West was Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who earned the Pete Dawkins MVP trophy after catching seven passes for 141 yards and throwing a touchdown pass. Jackson is rated the No. 49 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.
But while the game certainly showcased some serious football skills on both sides, arguably the main attraction was when several of the nation's top recruits made their college commitments on national television.
The biggest recruit to pledge during the game was Ragsdale (Jamestown, N.C.) running back Toney Baker, who committed to North Carolina State over Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder is rated the No. 1 running back and No. 3 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.
Baker ran for 3,030 yards and 36 touchdowns this past fall. He could see considerable playing time as a freshman at N.C. State considering star running back T.A. McLendon declared early for the NFL Draft. Ironically, Baker finished his prep career with 10,231 rushing yards to break the state record of 9,038 yards that was previously held by McLendon.
Other SchoolSports.com Top 100 recruits who committed at the All-American Bowl were: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) linebacker Ryan Reynolds, who picked Oklahoma; Wayne County (Waynesboro, Miss.) defensive lineman Jerrell Powe, who committed to LSU; Barrington (Barrington, Ill.) offensive lineman Dan Doering, who picked Iowa; Randallstown (Randallstown, Md.) defensive lineman Melvin Alaeze, who committed to Maryland; Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.) offensive lineman Dace Richardson, who selected Iowa; Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) wide receiver Nyan Boateng, who chose Florida; Eureka (Eureka, Calif.) linebacker Rey Maualuga, who picked USC; Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.) tight end Anthony Moeaki, who committed to Iowa; Hamilton (Hamilton, Ohio) defensive back Adam Myers-White, who chose Tennessee; St. John's (Washington, D.C.) linebacker Rico McCoy, who committed to Tennessee; Dorsey (Los Angeles, Calif.) wide receiver David Gettis, who chose Baylor; and Sandalwood (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Maurice Wells, who committed to Ohio State.
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Along with its two Top 100 commitments, Tennessee also received a pledge at the All-American Bowl from Oak Creek (Oak Creek, Wis.) defensive lineman Raymond Henderson, an outstanding prospect who just missed making our Top 100.
But the Vols' recruiting haul didn't stop at the All-American Bowl, as they picked up a commitment this past week from Madison County (Madison, Fla.) linebacker Eugene Hayes, who is rated the No. 46 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.
With these commitments along with Antioch (Antioch, Tenn.) running back LaMarcus Coker, who is rated the No. 20 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, Tennessee is battling with Nebraska, Iowa, USC and Michigan for the top recruiting class in the nation this year. …
Tennessee did lose out on two big in-state recruits this week when Briarcrest Christian (Memphis, Tenn.) offensive lineman Michael Oher picked Ole Miss over the Vols and Goodpasture Christian (Madison, Tenn.) wide receiver Patrick Turner picked USC over Tennessee.
Oher is rated the No. 2 offensive lineman and No. 16 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. Meanwhile, Turner, who had 52 receptions for 931 yards and 10 touchdowns this past fall, is rated the No. 48 senior recruit in the country. …
Timberline (Lacey, Wash.) running back Jonathan Stewart committed to Oregon over Washington State Friday night. Stewart is rated the No. 2 running back and No. 6 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. …
West Catholic (Philadelphia, Pa.) offensive/defensive lineman Marques Slocum chose Michigan this week over Michigan State. Slocum is rated the No. 53 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com. …
North Babylon (North Babylon, N.Y.) running back Jason Gwaltney has de-committed from West Virginia and will choose between USC and Ohio State on Feb. 1 — the day before National Signing Day. Gwaltney is rated the No. 50 overall recruit in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.