Only in its third year of existence, the Semper Fi Bowl has a national television contract, a major league stadium, and it’s attracting big-name talent from big-name schools. Right now, 18 SEC commitments plan to play in it.
Vanderbilt QB commitment K.J. Carta-Samuels is one of the top participants, as is Alabama offensive lineman commit Montel McBride and super active Florida DB commit Duke Dawson. Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt all have three prospects a piece in the game.
Also among some of the top uncommitted players looking at SEC schools, South Carolina RB target Derrell Scott is planning to be at the game.
The game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. EST in Corona, California. It will be televised on Fox Sports 1.
Editor’s note: All ranking references are based on the 247Sports.com composite ranking.
Here’s a look at the players:
|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||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|