All-American games commitment roundup
Kendell Beckwith
Kendell Beckwith

Posted Jan 5, 2013


Six more players announced commitments during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, following the eight that committed at Friday's Under Armour All-America Game and Semper Fi All-American Bowl. Get the details on their decisions here.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Tyler Boyd, WR/S

Tyler Boyd

Ranking: (No. 13 overall S)

Commitment: Pitt

Other finalists: West Virginia, Michigan State

Four-star athlete Tyler Boyd is staying home in Pennsylvania.

Boyd, a wide receiver/safety listed as the No. 13 overall safety in Scout's rankings, committed to Pitt on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, choosing the Panthers over West Virginia and Michigan State.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Boyd is a do-everything player for Clairton (Pa.) High who was recruited to play receiver.

Go inside to read more about Boyd's commitment, including quotes from the family.

-- Scout.com staff


Joe Mathis, DL

Joe Mathis

Ranking: (No. 15 overall DE)

Commitment: Washington

Other finalists: Utah, Alabama, USC, UCLA

It's a happy Saturday for the Huskies.

Washington picked up a commitment from four-star defensive lineman Joe Mathis at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, adding a marquis recruit to the Huskies' 2013 class.

Mathis chose Washington over a host of other top programs. He is the second four-star recruit to commit to the Huskies in as many days, following wide receiver John Ross' announcement at Friday night's Semper Fi Bowl.

Go inside to read more on Mathis' decision.

-- Scout.com staff


Tony Stevens, WR

Tony Stevens

Ranking: (No. 25 overall WR)

Commitment: Texas A&M

Other finalists: Florida State, Ohio State, South Florida

Johnny Football has a new target for 2013.

Four-star wide receiver Tony Stevens committed to Texas A&M during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, giving Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel even more to look forward to next season.

Stevens was once a Florida State commitment before backing off and opting to visit Ohio State and the Aggies.

He'll join a Texas A&M team that just finished 11-2 in its first season in the SEC, winning the Cotton Bowl on Friday in a rout over former Big 12 foe Oklahoma.

Go inside to read more about Stevens' commitment.

-- Scout.com staff


Alquadin Muhammad, DE

Alquadin Muhammad

Ranking: (No. 4 overall DE)

Commitment: Miami (FL)

Other finalists: Alabama, Notre Dame, Rutgers

Al Golden has himself a top recruit.

Four-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad committed to Miami on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, giving the Hurricanes' head coach a prized recruit for his 2013 class.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Muhammad chose Miami over several top programs, including national title contenders Alabama and Notre Dame.

Go inside to read more about Muhammad's commitment.

-- Scout.com staff


James Quick, WR

James Quick

Ranking: (No. 2 overall WR)

Commitment: Louisville

Other finalists: Ohio State

First, a surprise Sugar Bowl win. Now, a five-star recruit.

News just keeps getting better for Louisville fans. James Quick, the No. 2 overall wide receiver in Scout's rankings, committed to the Cardinals during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Quick -- the highest-ranked recruit who announced a commitment during an All-American game this weekend -- instantly becomes the prize of head coach Charlie Strong's 2013 class. He chose Louisville over Ohio State.

-- Scout.com staff


Mike Mitchell, MLB

Mike Mitchell

Ranking: (No. 2 overall MLB)

Commitment: Ohio State

Other finalists: Oregon, Texas A&M

The final All-American game commitment is in. And it's a big one.

Five-star middle linebacker Mike Mitchell announced for the Buckeyes on Saturday, adding yet another major recruit to Urban Meyer's 2013 class in Columbus.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Mitchell is the third five-star commitment in the class for Ohio State and the second major commitment of the weekend. Four-star linebacker Trey Johnson committed to the Buckeyes at Friday's Under Armour All-America Game.

-- Scout.com staff


Under Armour All-America Game

Kendell Beckwith, DE

Kendell Beckwith

Ranking: (No. 13 overall DE)

Commitment: LSU

Other finalists: Alabama

With his usual big smile on top of his big stature, Clinton (La.) East Feliciana Parish Enrichme standout Kendell Beckwith made LSU fans everywhere happy on Friday as he announced his commitment to the school over Alabama.

"I've been more at home (at LSU) and I've been more comfortable there throughout the whole process," Beckwith said during his announcement on ESPN.

At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Beckwith brings a versatile defensive end/outside linebacker presence to the Tigers. Part of his reasoning as to why he wanted to stay home was to try to extend the legacy of one of the nation’s best defensive units.

"I see myself as a defensive end or outside linebacker," he added.

-- John Garcia Jr., Recruiting analyst

More on Beckwith
VIDEO: LSU best fit for Beckwith


Ebenezer Ogundeko, LB

Ebenezer Ogundeko

Ranking: (No. 37 overall OLB)

Commitment: Clemson

Other finalists: Florida, Syracuse

Recruiting has been quite the process for Ebenezer Ogundeko.

The Brooklyn (N.Y.) Thomas Jefferson product burst onto the scene as a junior locally, picking up offers from area schools like Syracuse and Connecticut. A quick commitment to UConn ended once word got down the coast of the talented pass-rusher’s ability.

Several big-time offers later, in addition to four official visits and plenty of drama in between the beginning of his senior season and a December graduation, the three-star finally announced his decision on Friday on national television.

"I’m going to Clemson," he told FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com.

Why Clemson?

"The great opportunity to play in the ACC and to play with a great team as well as great D-linemen that are in the same class as me," he said.

Read more about Ogundeko's commitment.

-- John Garcia Jr., Recruiting analyst

More on Ogundeko
VIDEO: Ogundeko talks Clemson decision


Trey Johnson, LB

Trey Johnson

Ranking: (No. 21 overall OLB)

Commitment: Ohio State

Other finalists: Auburn, Florida, Tennessee

Four-star linebacker Trey Johnson has committed to Ohio State. The Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett prospect chose the Buckeyes over Tennessee and Florida.

"Next year I will be attending The Ohio State University," Johnson stated. "It just felt perfect on my visit with the coaches and everything, and I just loved it there."

Johnson was previously committed to Auburn before backing off that pledge in late November after a visit to Columbus.

-- Bill Greene, Ohio recruiting analyst

More on Johnson
VIDEO: Senior highlights of Johnson


Max Redfield, S

Max Redfield

Ranking: (No. 7 overall S)

Commitment: Notre Dame

Other finalists: USC

Notre Dame continues earning pledges from some of the top talent in the 2013 recruiting class, and that trend continued Friday at the Under Armour All-American Game.

Mission Viejo (Calif.) four-star safety Max Redfield issued his verbal pledge to the Irish.

Redfield, who stands 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, picked the Irish over USC and will bring great physical size as well as great instincts and a high football IQ with him to South Bend.

-- Dave Berk, Recruiting analyst

More on Redfield
VIDEO: Redfield at home with Irish


Leon McQuay, S

Leon McQuay

Ranking: (No. 6 overall S)

Commitment: USC

Other finalists: Florida State, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Oregon

Leon McQuay is headed to USC.

Keeping things quiet for most of the week of practice, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood defensive standout Leon McQuay spilled his commitment plans in the fourth quarter of Friday's Under Armour All-America Game.

The four-star safety narrowed his choices to Michigan, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Oregon and USC and he took official visits to each before announcing for USC on Friday.

"I'm going to be playing college football at the University of Southern California," he said.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder knew of his decision for some time, but he wanted to announce his intentions on national television.

-- John Garcia Jr., Recruiting analyst

More on McQuay
VIDEO: McQuay breaks down USC choice


Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Thomas Duarte, TE

Thomas Duarte

Ranking: (No. 8 overall TE)

Commitment: UCLA

Other finalists: Oregon, Notre Dame, USC, Washington

Thomas Duarte is headed to UCLA.

The highly skilled tight end from Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif., announced his commitment to the Bruins on Friday at the Semper Fi Bowl.

He did not take any official visits but chose UCLA over a host of other top programs.

"For me, I felt like it was the right time and I feel real good about the school I’m choosing," Duarte said earlier this week. "I’m looking for that family feel and atmosphere, a place where I’ll be really comfortable and I think I have that."

Go inside to read more about Duarte's commitment.

-- Scout.com staff


David Williams, RB

David Williams

Ranking: (No. 19 overall RB)

Commitment: South Carolina

Other finalists: Penn State, Arizona State

David Williams has committed to South Carolina.

The four-star running back from Pennsylvania announced his decision at Friday's Semper Fi Bowl, saying head coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks showed they wanted him most.

Williams was also considering Arizona State and Penn State.

Go inside to read more about Williams' commitment.

-- Scout.com staff


John Ross, WR

John Ross

Ranking: (No. 28 overall WR)

Commitment: Washington

Other finalists: Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA

John Ross is going to Washington.

The four-star wide receiver made it official Friday at the Semper Fi Bowl, choosing the Huskies over a group of other Pac-12 schools.

Ross says he felt most comfortable with the coaches up in Seattle.

"I’m very comfortable at Washington, it feels like home to me," Ross said after a December visit. "I feel like I know the place really well and I’ve seen the entire campus and football facilities three times now."

Go inside to read more on Ross' commitment.

-- Scout.com staff


Note: Three-star running back Laray Smith was initially scheduled to commit at the Semper Fi Bowl before opting not to.





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