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Army All-American Bowl 2016: Highlights, Live Commitment Updates and Reaction

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Some of the nation's top-rated recruits are showcasing their skills during the 2016 Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

NBC is broadcasting the prospect showcase, and Bleacher Report is providing scoring updates, in-game commitment news and highlights.

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Army All-American Bowl Roster 2016: Breaking Down Top Recruits in Marquee Game

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is one of the best games of the year.

Some of the best and brightest high school football stars gather on the field for one game to do three things: play football, announce where they're going to play college football and give a glimpse into the future.

Four of the top-10 players in Saturday's all-star game have committed to the SEC or ACC, with plenty of Big Ten and Pac-12 commits not far behind. 

Let's take a look at some of the top names playing on Saturday, as you'll be seeing them a lot on future Saturdays in the college football world very soon.

Note: All rankings are courtesy of 247Sports.com, and you can view the game's roster here.

 

Dexter Lawrence
  • Team East
  • 5-star recruit out of Wake Forest, North Carolina
  • No. 3 recruit in the country, No. 2 DT in the country
  • Top recruit from North Carolina
  • Committed to Clemson on Dec. 14

Lawrence is a large man.

Not many high school kids go off to college at 6'4", 327 pounds. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was able to lure him away from Florida, Florida State and North Carolina State, and he got a guy that's going to make the Tigers' front line dominant for the next couple of years.

Lawrence is not your typical big defensive tackle that focuses on stuffing the run. He's a do-it-all defensive tackle that can also get after the quarterback. He recorded 91 tackles and 13 sacks, both slight upticks from his junior year in 2014 (80 tackles, 10 sacks).

More importantly, the man is massive. It's no secret why his tackle and sack numbers are high. He physically imposes his will against the much smaller offensive linemen. Watch this highlight tape of him, and watch him bulldoze his way into the backfield.

It'll be interesting to watch how Lawrence does against much bigger interior offensive linemen, but he has plenty of strength to be a force in the middle. Time will tell how great he'll be at Clemson, but the potential is there for Lawrence.

 

Jacob Eason
  • Team East
  • 5-star recruit out of Lake Stevens, Washington
  • No. 4 recruit in the country, No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country
  • Top prospect in the state of Washington
  • Committed to Georgia on July 19, 2014

Kirby Smart will walk into a great situation when he becomes the head coach at Georgia next year, because Eason may be the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.

Yes, that is an actual statement.

Eason is the complete package at quarterback. He's 6'5", and has outstanding vision downfield with good speed once he gets into the open field. He has awareness like Tony Romo with the ability to escape the pocket when pressure gets to him.

Those are just bonuses. Eason has an amazing arm. He can make any type of throw, whether it be a deep ball that lands right in the hands of his receivers or a tight spiral that can fit through any window. That's due in large part to Eason's quick release, which is a sight to watch. He gets the ball out so fast, but puts enough power in his lower body to get enough strength in his throws.

This combination of size, throw power and accuracy is a rare trio of traits that isn't seen in most quarterbacks today. Eason is going to be a fun player to watch at Georgia.

 

David Long
  • Team West
  • 4-star recruit out of Los Angeles
  • No. 65 recruit in the nation, No. 7 DB in the nation
  • No. 10 prospect in California
  • Decommitted from Stanford on Dec. 18, choice between Washington and Michigan

Will Saturday be the day that Long makes his final decision?

Long originally committed to play for head coach David Shaw and Stanford last year, but the 4-star corner decommitted from the Cardinal in December and announced his top two are the Wolverines and Huskies.

At 6-foot and 175 pounds, Long has good size at 17 years old to develop into a great corner. He has good reaction skills toward the ball and can go stride-for-stride with any receiver, especially on the intermediate and deep routes.

Whomever gets Long will get a very valuable corner. And both programs will see how good he can be on Saturday.

 

Mique Juarez
  • Team West
  • 5-star recruit out of Torrance, California
  • No. 16 recruit in the nation, No. 2 OLB in the nation
  • No. 2 prospect in California
  • 247Sports predicts UCLA is the favorite

Juarez is a special outside linebacker.

For one thing, he hits and he hits hard. He's also a very good coverage outside linebacker, which is not a usual combination. Being listed as an outside linebacker, he has great pursuit skills in a 4-3 scheme but also is strong and agile enough to beat offensive linemen off the snap.

One wild card in play when it comes to Juarez's decision is Alabama. Juarez doesn't have the Crimson Tide listed as his final two, but he still plans to take a visit to Nick Saban's program.

"What I like [about] Alabama is that they're a very big, versatile team," Juarez said to Drew Champlain of AL.com. "They play for and win national championships and playing for [head coach] Nick Saban would be really something."

UCLA is listed as the favorite, according to 247Sports, but Juarez could very much have a change of heart by the time he makes his decision. Either way, one of those programs is going to get an all-around linebacker that can do many things and impact a defense in more ways than one.

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