U.S. Army All-American Bowl Notebook
SAN ANTONIO — Garfield (Akron, Ohio) senior running back Chris Wells is rated the No. 1 running back in the nation by SchoolSports.com. This past Saturday, he proved why by rushing for three touchdowns to lead the East to a 27-16 win over the West in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Wells, who has committed to Ohio State, ran over and around defenders for his three touchdowns and 67 rushing yards on 13 carries. Not surprisingly, he was named the game's MVP.
"It's great knowing that I did it against the best of the best," said Wells. "It's an honor for them to think of me for the award."
Besides Wells, here are four other players who stood out in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl:
Davie County (Mocksville, N.C.)
Defensive back, 6-0, 175
Notre Dame sure could have used McNeil, a Notre Dame commit, in the Fiesta Bowl as the Irish secondary was routinely burned by Ohio State. In the All-American Bowl, the West quarterbacks kept testing McNeil and he responded by shutting down some of the nation's top wideouts. He also returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown. McNeil wasn't in the SchoolSports Top 100 before the All-American Bowl, but he'll certainly be in our final Top 100.
Southeast (Oklahoma City)
Defensive lineman, 6-4, 280
Don't even try to block McCoy one-on-one because you better be ready to pick your quarterback off the turf. This wrecking crew was a beast in the trenches on Saturday. He's rated No. 19 in our national 100, but will be in our top 10 before all is said and done.
Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
Defensive lineman, 6-3, 255
Stud defensive lineman Tamba Hali played his last year at Penn State, but fear not Nittany Lion fans because Evans, who committed to Penn State on Saturday, is a Hali clone. Evans is relentless and can hit like a truck. If you don't believe us, just ask the West quarterbacks. Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio) defensive lineman Robert Rose, who committed to Ohio State on Saturday, deserves some props as well for the pass rushing skills he displayed.
Quarterback, 6-3, 195
Snead, who has committed to Texas, was under constant pressure all day, but still managed to throw for 133 yards and two touchdowns and played better than the more hyped Mitch Mustain of Springdale (Ark.). After Vince Young announced he's leaving early for the NFL, Snead has a shot at being the starting quarterback for the defending national champion Longhorns next season.
Saturday's Recruiting Winner:
USC may have lost the national championship to Texas, but Pete Carroll and Co. were at it once again Saturday as the recruiting juggernaut Trojans picked up four commitments.
Stud recruits Emmanuel Moody, Allen Bradford, Butch Lewis and David Ausberry all donned USC caps when announcing their decisions. That should take a little sting off the Rose Bowl loss for Trojan fans.