The annual All-American Bowl (formerly known as the US Army All-American Bowl) will kick off on Saturday, Jan. 5 in San Antonio, and this game is a great opportunity to see the future of college football — and especially future Oklahoma Sooners.
All-American Bowl: Saturday, Jan. 5
Time: 12 p.m. CT
Live Stream: NBCSports.com
In the past, this game has featured announcements from the likes of Adrian Peterson, DeMarco Murray and Joe Mixon, and this season’s contest will feature one that could rival some of the most high-profile revelations in the event’s history. Five-star wide receiver recruit Jadon Haselwood will be making his choice known during Saturday’s game, although it’s been reported that the nation’s No. 1 receiver prospect has actually already signed with a school. Which school? Well, signs point to the University of Oklahoma — his father’s alma mater.
Oklahoma also has five current members of the 2019 class playing in this contest, along with a notable target on defense.
QB Spencer Rattler – Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle – Five Stars – No. 23 overall – No. 1 pro-style QB – West Team
The fact that he isn’t able to enroll early really sets him back in the 2019 QB battle, but he’s talented enough to at least make things interesting this fall.
WR Trejan Bridges – Carrolton (TX) Hebron – Four Stars – No. 59 overall – No. 10 WR – West Team
Although sometimes overshadowed by fellow signee Theo Wease, Bridges has a knack for playmaking that has garnered him some unique attention. YOU. GOT. MOSSED.
TE Austin Stogner – Plano (TX) Prestonwood Christian – Four Stars – No. 72 overall – No. 3 TE – West Team
Mark Andrews carried the torch at the Y position for three years, and Grant Calcaterra settled into the role quite well down the stretch in 2019. At 6’6” and possessing some great hands, Stogner all but ensures that the ball will keep rolling for years to come.
OT Stacey Wilkins – Camden (AR) Fairview – Four Stars – No. 125 overall – No. 13 OT – West Team
Standing at somewhere in the 6’6”-6’7” range, WIlkins as a long-armed mountain of a man who has the physical tools to be Oklahoma’s next great offensive tackle. He also has a bit of nastiness to him, which Bill Bedenbaugh always likes.
OG EJ Ndoma-Ogar – Allen (TX) – Four Stars – No. 166 overall – No. 11 OG – West Team
The high-school teammate of fellow signee Theo Wease is quite a talent, and OU had to fend off a number of SEC schools throughout the summer and fall to close the deal.
Note: Although Haselwood is said to have signed his National Letter of Intent with his school of choice, he hasn’t made his decision public. Therefore, we’ll call him a target for the purposes of this preview.
WR Jadon Haselwood – Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove – Five Stars – No. 6 overall – No. 1 WR – East Team
If this kid is indeed a member of Oklahoma’s 2019 class, the trio of Haselwood, Wease and Bridges will be considered by many to be the most impressive WR recruiting haul for any school in recent memory (or perhaps ever, at least on paper). We use the 247Composite rankings in these previews, but it’s worth noting that OU would be signing the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 wide receivers in Rivals’ rankings. That’s pretty incredible.
Here’s Haselwood making the game-winning grab in his high schools state championship game:
Haselwood will have hats from Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida State and Tennessee on the table in San Antonio.
EDGE David Ugwoegbu – Katy (TX) Seven Lakes – Three Stars – No. 416 overall – No. 27 WDE – West Team
OU appears to be the clear leader for the 6’4”, 230-lb. Houston-area pass rusher, with he and Texas A&M apparently drifting further apart in recent weeks.