Even though most recruits taking part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl have already made their college commitments, there are still some prospects weighing their options. Those players get a chance to show interested programs what they are battling for.
The annual showcase of the nation's future college football stars is a terrific chance for fans around the nation to see what type of talent will be joining their favorite teams next season. With signing day quickly approaching, recruiting is going to take center stage.
Let's examine three of the most exciting undecided recruits taking part in Saturday's game and break down where they stand in the process. For a complete look at the roster, visit the game's official site.
RB Derrick Green (East)
Green is one of the top running backs in the 2013 class. A game-breaking standout from Virginia, Green has turned a lot of heads thanks to his combination of speed and power, which has helped establish him as a coveted prospect in a relatively weak RB group.
Michigan has become the favorite to land the versatile 4-star back. The Wolverines are in desperate need of somebody who can make opponents fear the running game, and Green has the tools to do exactly that. They face competition from Auburn and Tennessee, among others.
The most intriguing part about Green's game, at least aside from his blazing speed, is the potential to do it all. Not only can he run between the tackles or get to the outside to break a long gain, but he can make plays as a receiver to keep defenses on their toes.
WR Marquez North (East)
It won't take long for fans who watch the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to figure out why North was pursued by so many programs. Not only does he have good size at 6'4'', 212 pounds, but the North Carolina native is a great athlete.
The race to sign North, a 4-star wideout, remains wide open with North Carolina, Tennessee and Clemson still heavily involved. The Tar Heels are likely hoping the home-state advantage gives them the edge as he prepares to decide.
While North hasn't even begun to scratch the surface of his long-term potential, he's already developed into a reliable receiver prepared to step in right away if needed. He sports good hands and uses his body well to beat defenders, which is necessary at the next level.
LB Mike Mitchell (West)
When it comes to recruiting linebackers, the most basic trait should be tackling. Yet, in recent years, the focus has shifted more to athleticism and pure speed, as coaches look for edge rushers. Mitchell fits the old mold better. There are few tacklers better in the class.
Make no mistake, the 4-star outside linebacker from Texas is still a good athlete and has plenty of potential in terms of rushing the passer. That's why he's been targeted by Ohio State, the leader to land him, Oregon and Texas A&M.
But, at least for now, his best attribute is locating a ball carrier and wrapping him up. Although it might not seem like much on the surface, it's an attribute that's slowly starting to fade. A linebacker who can shut down a running game is key. Mitchell will prove that.
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