SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The national coaches convention will take place in Dallas next week, but it's been a miniature coaches convention in San Antonio at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this week.
2006 is the first year the Army game has fallen on a live recruiting week, which means the East and West practice sessions have turned into a "who's who" in recruiting and no conference has been better represented than the Big 12.
Thus far coaches from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State have all shown their faces at practice this week. Members from the national champion Texas Longhorn coaching staff are expected to be in San Antonio in full force to watch practice on Friday.
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Coaches are allowed to watch practice, but they cannot have verbal interaction with the prospects.
OU was in town with two coaches on Thursday to watch five-star Oklahoma City (Okla.) Southeast defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and five-star Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman running back Demarco Murray. Both Murray and McCoy are considered strong leans towards Oklahoma at this point.
The Sooners were also at practice to check up on a pair of their commits—Ada (Okla.) offensive lineman Chad Roark and Irving (Texas) wide receiver Adron Tennell. Both players have looked strong throughout practice this week.
Nebraska was the first team to show up in San Antonio this week and the Huskers brought their ace recruiter John Blake to town. Blake came to watch four-star Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice safety Jonas Mouton and four-star Pomfret (Md.) McDonough cornerback A.J. Wallace.
However, the talk is Mouton appears to be a strong lean towards USC and Wallace is down to both Ohio State and Penn State, but he is still considering Nebraska and Florida State.
Kansas State showed up with some of first-year head coach Ron Prince's staff to get a better evaluation of what will soon be their property in a week.
Four-star Grandview (Mo.) quarterback Josh Freeman plans to enroll at KSU for the second semester in less than 10 days. This week's practice in San Antonio was the first live evaluation the KSU coaching staff has gotten on Freeman—the player Prince plans to build his new offense around in Manhattan.
Meanwhile, maybe the biggest battle between Big 12 coaches in attendance at Army All-American practices this week came between Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. Both teams are in hot pursuit of four-star Klein (Texas) Collins running back Michael Goodson.
The 6-foot, 205 pound Goodson has been the top running back on the West squad this week and he's currently down to USC, OSU and A&M, but the Trojans and Aggies are thought to be in the driver's seat.
Goodson was once a Cowboy commit, but he opened things up and he likes the fact USC could be losing both Reggie Bush and LenDale White to the NFL draft.
A&M was also at practice on Thursday to watch a pair of commits—Spring Branch (Texas) Smithson Valley wide receiver Cody Beyer and Haltom City (Texas) linebacker Anthony Lewis.
Other teams that have visited practice in San Antonio this week are LSU (two coaches), Miami (two), Notre Dame (seven), Boston College, Toledo and North Carolina. Texas, USC, Florida and several others are expected to be in town on Friday.
No head coaches will come to San Antonio this week, because their appearance would actually count as an in-home visit towards all 78 prospects in the Army Game. Head coaches are only allowed one in-home visit over the entire recruiting process.