January 5, 2013

Six make commitments during Army Bowl


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Six players made their commitment announcements Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Game. Jason Howell breaks down the players.

WR Tyler Boyd, Clairton (Pa.)
Boyd's commitment is the biggest of Paul Chryst's 2013 recruiting class for a couple of reasons. It's easy to see his on-field production and his Rivals.com rating and see he is at the top of the Pitt commitment list. He ended his career as one of the most prolific receivers in Pennsylvania. In addition to being highly rated, he gives Chryst a big win over top programs West Virginia and Michigan State. Chryst was able to keep a big-time, hometown prospect and being able to keep those in your backyard is always important. Boyd is the third four-star commitment of the class and the 22nd overall, and is known as a big-play threat and a sure-handed receiver.

DE Joe Mathis, Upland (Calif.)
This is another big get for Tosh Lupoi. The 6-4, 254-pound defensive end is the third-highest-ranked prospect in Washington's 22-man recruiting class. As the No. 167 prospect in the country, Mathis continues a trend of Washington closing on top California prospects. He adds to what is already a solid Huskie' defensive line class which includes Elijah Qualls, Daeshon Hall and Marcus Faria. Mathis chose Washington over UCLA, Alabama and USC and gives the Huskies another feather in their cap.

LB Mike Mitchell, Plano (Texas) Prestonwood
Ohio State has been the front-runner in Mitchell's recruitment since the summer, and his decision did not shock many. However, that does not take away from the importance. Landing Mitchell gives the Buckeyes seven members of the Rivals100 and their second Rivals100 commitment of the weekend. It also helps the Buckeyes improve their presence in Texas, where they already have a commitment from four-star quarterback J.T. Barrett. Mitchell is ranked No. 30 in the country, and No. 3 among outside linebackers. He gives the Buckeyes a sideline-to-sideline linebacker with exceptional physical tools who is also known for his work ethic. He chose Ohio State over Texas A&M and Oregon.

DE Al-Quadin Muhammad, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep
There was a lot of talk about Notre Dame and Muhammad, but Miami got its guy. After a recent official visit to Coral Gables, it was clear the Hurricanes had made a move, even though Muhammad maintained a top four of Notre Dame, Miami, Alabama and Rutgers. Muhammad is the first Rivals100 member in the Hurricanes' 2013 recruiting class, and gives the Hurricanes' three members of the Rivals.com New Jersey Top 30. The 6-4, 225-pound standout is the No. 4 weakside defensive end and is known for his quickness and explosiveness off the edge. He is the 12th commitment of the Hurricanes' 2013 recruiting class.

WR James Quick, Louisville (Ky.) Trinity
Quick was one of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong's top priorities of the 2013 recruiting class, and as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Kentucky, he was vital to the Cardinals. At 6-1, 180 pounds, Quick has been hyper-productive for one of the top programs in the country. He is the highest-rated prospect in Louisville's recruiting class and the first Rivals250 commitment. He also gives Louisville a big win over Ohio State. Oregon was also in the mix. As a senior, Quick recorded 84 receptions for 1,403 yards and 16 touchdowns.

WR Tony Stevens, Orlando (Fla.) Evans
The Aggies continue to add speed and explosiveness to their roster and Stevens adds to a great group of receivers in their 2013 class. He is the 11th Rivals250 prospect to commit to Texas A&M and the 35th prospect in the class. Texas A&M has broadened its footprint on the recruiting front with highly regarded commitments from across the country. Stevens' commitment gives the Aggies another highly sought, out-of-state prospect as head coach Kevin Sumlin continues to attract the attention of the nation's best with his style of play. Stevens, once a Florida State commitment, chose Texas A&M over the Seminoles and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He is ranked No. 17 among the nation's receivers and is currently the No. 27 player in Florida.




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