All-American Bowl: Winners and losers from Saturday's game
SAN ANTONIO -- The annual All-American Game is books, with the East squad running away with a 48-14 victory. The on-field team winners were clear from the early going, but what about the college programs that should feel like winners after the event? We examine the fan bases that should be feeling good about the game and those that might feel not as a great.
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Georgia fans had plenty to cheer about from the first offensive drive, when longtime wide receiver commit Dominick Blaylock hauled in a 58-yard touchdown catch. It was the start of a great game for Blaylock, as he finished the game with four catches for a game-high 137 yards receiving while also throwing once for a touchdown. Bulldogs commit Nolan Smith was also an impressive force in the game, coming off the edge for two sacks and routinely making the West team offensive linemen look silly with his array of moves. Add in the fact that Georgia landed a commitment from Tyrique Stevenson and it was an all-around good showing for the program.
The Sooners received a long-awaited commitment from five-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood, putting the cap on what might be the best wide receiver recruiting haul in Rivals.com history. Oklahoma fans also got a taste of what Haselwood is capable of when he snatched the ball out of the air and scored on a 75-yard touchdown reception during the game. Five-star quarterback signee Spencer Rattler also showed flashes of his impressive skill set during the game, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Oklahoma’s high-powered offense appears to be in good hands with Haselwood and Rattler on the way.
Huskers fans didn’t have to wait long to see their newest weapon in action as Wandale Robinson took the opening kickoff 35 yards while flashing his trademark elusiveness. It was just a preview of things to come in the game, as Robinson was great every time he touched the ball. He finished with four catches for 91 yards, good for second-best on either team in yardage and tying for the game-high in catches. Nebraska offensive line commit Bryce Benhart also had his moments and while he will need some time to develop, could turn into a future NFL prospect based on his size and athleticism.
The Trojans got their share of good news during the game as five-star athlete Bru McCoy made his commitment to the school, as did Rivals100 wide receiver Kyle Ford. McCoy also made a few big plays in the game on offense, hauling in a 47-yard pass and finishing with thee catches for 63 yards. But it wasn’t just commitments and offensive play that the Trojans should feel good about as defensive end commit Drake Jackson looked unblockable at at times, and finished with three tackles for loss.
Crimson Tide fans may have missed out on the chance to see injured quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa play in the game but they did get to watch the school add two more big-time commits as Rivals250 prospects Marcus Banks and Khris Bogle made their pledges to the program during the nationally-televised event. Banks also made his share of plays in the game, showing why he was a priority for Alabama. Recently-signed linebacker Christian Harris also made a few big tackles in the game.
Hurricanes fans had to look on while Haselwood -- once considered to be headed to South Flordia -- not only made his commitment to Oklahoma but also made several big plays in the game. Adding insult to injury was the fact that Miami, which hosted Haselwood for several visits, didn’t even get a hat on the table for his announcement. Even so, missing on Haselwood alone wouldn’t have landed the Hurricanes on the list. It was Georgia pulling yet another elite defensive back out of South Florida, this time Rivals100 member Tyrique Stevenson. Instead of coming in at a position of need for Miami and new defensive-minded head coach Manny Diaz, Stevenson will be suiting up alongside fellow South Florida native Tyson Campbell at Georgia. One-time Hurricanes lean Khris Bogle also committed to Alabama, making it three high-profile losses for the school.
Despite the Huskies' best efforts, the school’s fans had to watch as Ford made his commitment to USC while passing over the chance to head north to Seattle. It wasn’t exactly a day to remember on the field Huskies commit Trent McDuffie, as he had his share of issues in coverage, continuing a trend from the week’s practices. Washington defensive line commit Faatui Tuitele also didn’t have the type of impact fans might have expected after he had some big plays during the week of practice.