Today’s Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl has 19 current SEC commits, several other top targets–and 9 of the SEC’s 14 schools are represented. Want to see future Heisman winners and all-SEC performers? Here’s how you can tune in.
- WHAT: Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
- WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 5—9 p.m. EST
- WHERE: Carson, Calif.
- LIVE TV: Fox Sports 1
- PAST NOTABLES: Todd Gurley, Antonio Morrison, Marshall Morgan, Ryan Switzer (only in its third year).
- SEC COMMITS AT GAME: 19 so far, with a few other possibilities.
- TOP SEC COMMITS/TARGETS (with nat. rank.): No. 109 Dewayne Hendrix (DE, Tennessee commit); No. 149 Qualen Cunningham (DE, Texas A&M); No. 152 Keyon Brown (LB, Georgia); 159 DeShawn Washington (DT, Texas A&M); No. 187 Varshaun Nixon (RB, Texas A&M); No. 193 Duke Dawson (DB, Florida).
- ANOTHER TOP AGGIES SHOWING?: Texas A&M clearly has the best group of any SEC school, with all three of its prospects (Qualen Cunningham, Varshaun Nixon, DeShawn Washington) being four-star players—and only Tennessee and Vandy have three players in this game. The Aggies have had a good all-star game week, picking up two outstanding receiver commitments while also having great individual showings in both the Under Armour Game and the Army Game.
- QUARTERBACKS: The lone signal caller heading to an SEC schools is K.J. Carta-Samuels, who is heading to Vanderbilt to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Austyn, who plays for head coach James Franklin. Carta-Samuels is a four-star prospect who has been on board with the Commodores for more than a year.
- TOP PLAYER TO WATCH: We’ll go with talkative, friendly DB Duke Dawson who is heading to Florida to play for the Gators. He’s an upbeat teammate, and would naturally mesh well into a game like this where quick chemistry is the key. Look for Dawson to make a big play or two in a game that usually doesn’t feature a whole lot of offense. RB Derrell Scott is a huge SEC target, with South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee among those interested, but unfortunately he won’t play because of a knee injury. He might have been the guy to watch, otherwise.
- THE SKINNY: Sadly, this appears to be the last Semper Fi Game, as military budget cutbacks have hit this game hard. Unless another title sponsor comes aboard, this might be it for a game that actually did a great job of finding a major league level stadium and a national TV contract, along with a major sponsor. It attracted decent talent, too. Of the SEC commits coming in, 10 are four-star prospects or better.
NOTE: All recruiting rankings mentioned refer to the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
Here’s a list of the current SEC commitments at the Semper Fidelis Game:
|Montel McBride||OL||Plant City, FL||Alabama|
|J.K. Scott||K||Denver, CO||Alabama|
|Duke Dawson||DB||Cross City, FL||Florida|
|Nolan Kelleher||OL||Mt. Pleasant, SC||Florida|
|Keyon Brown||LB||Wauchula, FL||Georgia|
|Mikel Horton||RB||West Chester, OH||Kentucky|
|Jamoral Graham||ATH||Decatur, MS||Mississippi State|
|Gerri Green (inj.)||LB||Greenville, MS||Mississippi State|
|Chris Williams||DT||Tyrone, GA||Ole Miss|
|Orlando Brown||OL||Duluth, GA||Tennessee|
|Rashaan Gaulden||DB||Nashville, TN||Tennessee|
|Dewayne Hendrix||DE||O’Fallon, IL||Tennessee|
|Qualen Cunningham||DE||Chandler, AZ||Texas A&M|
|Varshaun Nixon||RB||Austin, TX||Texas A&M|
|DeShawn Washington||DT||Nederland, TX||Texas A&M|
|K.J. Carta-Samuels||QB||San Jose, CA||Vanderbilt|
|Michael Sawyers||DT||Nashville, TN||Vanderbilt|
|Emmanuel Smith||DB||Murfreesboro, TN||Vanderbilt|