USAAAB Preview: West Region Prospects

Su'a Cravens

A look at the prospects from the West Region at the U.S. Army Bowl in San Antonio...

U.S. Army All-American Bowl (January 5th, 12:00 CST, NBC)

The U.S. Army Bowl will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and as usual, there is a strong contingent of West Coast prospects playing in the game.

Here is a look at the prospects, all on the West, representing the Western part of the country in the 13th annual game.

Offense

Leading the way offensively for the West is the nation's premier quarterback and running back as well as fullback (who will likely play on defense).

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne is the second Spartan quarterback selected to the game. The nation's #1-ranked passer follows Jake Heaps in leading the West.  He'll head to USC the week following the game for early enrollment.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral quarterback Hayden Rettig joins Browne on the West roster, completing a remarkable comeback from a junior season that was lost to injury.  Rettig is committed to LSU, one of a number of future Bayou Bengals in the game.

In the backfield, the nation's top running back, Justin Davis from Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln will lead the group.  Like Browne, Davis will enroll at USC following the game.  Davis was at the U.S. Army Combine a year ago and was arguably the best running back there.

Joining Davis in the backfield is another five-star running back in Thomas Tyner, the Oregon commit from Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha who had a record-setting senior season.

Chans Cox, from Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge, is the nation's #1 fullback by Scout.com, but he will likely be playing linebacker this week.

At receiver, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell joins the mix, another future Trojan, who also shined at the U.S. Army Combine last January.

Up front, three offensive linemen dot the roster, all tops at their position in their states.

In fact, Parker (Colo.) Ponderosa offensive guard Chris Fox, a Michigan commit, and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive tackle Nico Falah, a USC pledge, top their respective groups in the region.

Rounding out that group is Honolulu (Hawaii.) St. Louis offensive guard Reeve Koehler, the lone uncommitted prospect from the region on offense.

Defense

Defensively, up front the West has a pretty stout group, with a pair of Scout 300 defensive ends, a four-star defensive tackle and a five-star defensive tackle.

The headliner here is Auburn (Calif.) Placer five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, a top 10 player overall nationally, and now, uncommitted, having publicly announced he's decommitted from USC.  Vanderdoes is still considering the Trojans, along with Notre Dame, UCLA and Washington.

Next to him will be Scott Pagano from Hawaii, who's headed to Clemson and the top defensive linemen in Hawaii

At defensive end are a couple of Inland Empire prospects in USC verbal Kylie Fitts from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley (though it's uncertain if he'll play after mid-season surgery), and Upland (Calif.) defensive end Joe Mathis, who's set to announce during the Army Bowl, from a group that includes Washington, UCLA and Alabama among others.

At linebacker, Bellevue (Wash.) four-star Myles Jack, the top defensive prospect in the Northwest, and a commit to UCLA, was one of the standouts last January at the U.S. Army Combine, and despite Bellevue's success nationally the last decade, he becomes only the second Wolverine player ever selected to the Army Bowl.

Joining Jack at linebacker is Michael Hutchings, a four-star from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, who's committed to USC.  Like Jack, Hutchings comes from one of the premier programs in the country, but one that hasn't sent a lot of players to the Army Bowl.

In the secondary, the nation's top ranked safety, Su'a Cravens from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta, will anchor a strong contingent of defensive backs.  The future Trojan is one of a handful of USC commits in the game.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) teammates Chris Hawkins, a four-star cornerback committed to USC, and four-star safety Tahaan Goodman, who's uncommitted, team up for possibly the last time as preps.

Special Teams

Colorado Springs (Colo.) The Classical Academy kicker Daniel Carlson, a pledge to Auburn, and fellow Colorado native, punter Miles Bergner, who's committed to South Dakota, will handle the kicking and punting duties respectively.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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