Published January 6, 2014 - 8:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Nobody ever cares if the West team beat the East team or Team Nitro beat Team Lulu… or any of the other silly combinations of team names the all-star games come up with. All fans care about is … how did our future players do?
Coming into all-star game week, it seemed apparent that LSU was going to come away the happiest program after this week. But Texas A&M had something to say about that.
Whether it was the performance of its players in the actual games, or the talent the Aggies were able to scoop up, nobody made a bigger splash this past week than Texas A&M. Quarterback commitment Kyle Allen proved why he is the best pro-style QB commitment in the country with his performance in the U.S. Army All-American Game on Saturday, and Myles Garrett proved why he’s one of the scariest defensive linemen in the nation–and why he’s rated top 10 overall–with how he played in the defense dominated Under Armour All-American Bowl.
Garrett was a beast in the game that featured easily the most athletic contingent of any of the games. He was a negative-play machine for his team, owning the offensive backfield in the early part of the game against the players who had earned starting nods. He finished with four tackles for loss in a game where he didn’t get a whole lot of snaps. On the flip side, Allen began the Army game 8-for-8 and finished 12 of 18 overall for 170-plus yards–not too shabby for a game that historically features very little success for offensive skill players.
On the commitment side, the Aggies somewhat surprisingly wrestled away wide receiver Speedy Noil from LSU–a huge pickup. And as expected, they landed one of the fastest up-and-comers in the SEC in 6-foot-7 WR Frank Iheanacho. Allen will have some outstanding pass targets in the future, for sure.
Also, in the Semper Fidelis Game, Texas A&M had clearly the top three players from any program in the nation in Qualen Cunningham, Varshaun Nixon and DeShawn Washington–showing the Aggies had their hands on all three of the big all-star games.
Here’s the rest of the top five winners of all-star week:
2. LSU–The Tigers looked like they’d be the happiest coming out of this week, and they were still pretty stoked with the pickups of the nation’s No. 1 player, Leonard Fournette, and a five-star safety in Jamal Adams. QB commit Brandon Harris also showed signs of brilliance in the game.
3. Alabama–The Crimson Tide obviously picked up two nice players this week in DBs Tony Brown and Laurence Jones–who’d previously been committed to Alabama. The Tide also featured the nation’s top contingent for the all-star games. The rosters were stocked.
4. Florida–Obviously there is a lot of negativity surrounding the Gators, but they managed to snag a talented D-lineman away from LSU in Gerald Willis, and QB Will Grier was clearly the second-best quarterback in the Army Game behind Allen. Grier showed he could run and make big-plays.
5. Auburn–The Tigers didn’t land any new players during all-star week, but QB Sean White won MVP honors at the Under Armour Game–which made Tigers fans quite happy.