SAN ANTONIO -- Seventy-eight of the nation's top prospects have converged in Texas for the sixth U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will pit the East -- featuring the nation's top running back, Chris Wells -- against the West -- featuring the nation's top quarterback, Mitch Mustain.
There will be stars aplenty on both sides of the ball. The East is loaded at running back, wide receiver, offensive line, and linebackers. The nation's top prospect is Ohio State-bound running back Wells (Akron, Ohio), and he has looked the part during the first two days of practice. Also impressive are backs C.J. Spiller (Lake Butler, Fla.) and James Aldridge (Merrillville, In.). This trio all bring something different to the table. Wells has the size and power, Spiller has the speed and quickness and Aldridge falls somewhere in between.
The East receiving corps is deep. The country's top two players at this position are Percy Harvin (Landstown, Va.) and Vidal Hazelton (Chatham, Va.), and like the running backs mentioned above, they are different in their styles. Harvin is the most explosive player wideout in the nation while Hazelton is a receiver with size, speed and terrific hands. But they are not alone, as Chris Bell (Norfolk, Va.), Dorin Dickerson (Imperial, Pa.), and Barry Gallup (Wellesley, Mass.) have all had their moments in practice, especially Bell, who may be the most consistent of the bunch. Jarred Fayson (Tampa, Fla.) is athletically much like Harvin but he has a hamstring injury and his status for the game is not known.
The East offensive line is led by their two bookend tackles and the nation's top two offensive line prospects in Andre Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) and Sam Young (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.). These two are as good as advertised. But they are not alone. Carl Johnson (Durham, N.C.), Conner Smith (Cincinnati), Justin Boren (Pickerington, Ohio), and Danny Wenger (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) solidify a great unit.
Defensively, they have stars like safeties Myron Rolle (Princeton, N.J.) and Antwine Perez (Camden, N.J.). But the strength of this unit is their huge linebacking corps. Micah Johnson (Fort Campbell, Ky.), Brandon Spikes (Shelby, N.C.), Brandon Graham (Detroit, Mi.), Akeem Hebron (Wheaton, Md.), and Jarrell Miller (Highland Springs, Va.). They average 6-feet-2 1/2 and 235 pounds and have speed, instincts and play the pass as well as the run.