Dawg fan’s guide to Army All-American Game

Sep 10, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs fans in the student section before the game against the Nicholls State Colonels at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs fans in the student section before the game against the Nicholls State Colonels at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

This year’s Army All-American game has a nice Bulldog flavor to it.

Georgia has nine commits playing in this contest, the most of any other school. Ohio State is second with eight commits, Oklahoma is third with seven, while Alabama and Michigan each have five.

Each of the Dawgs’ nine commits are playing for the East roster, and as a Dawg fan, here’s who you want to watch:

UGA Commits

4 Richard LeCounte III, S – Liberty Co. HS, Hinesville, GA

Not only is LeCounte is the highest ranked player in Georgia’s class (no. 27 overall, no. 2 safety), but he’s also the lead recruiter. He was the first commit of the Kirby Smart era, and he hasn’t stopped recruiting all week at the Army all-american practices. He’s already signed and will enroll in January.

7 D’Andre Swift, RB – Saint Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia, PA

Georgia’s only out-of-state commit playing in this game, Swift (no. 36 overall, no. 4 RB) has impressed scouts this week with his size (5’9, 220) and his ability to catch the ball. Some think he might’ve upgraded himself to a five-star this week.

11 Jake Fromm, QB – Houston Co. HS, Warner Robins, GA

Along with LeCounte, Fromm (no. 46 overall, no. 3 QB) is the other leader of Georgia’s class. After an impressive week of practice, Fromm might get the nod to start for the East squad and he’s also very close to gaining that fifth star. He’s already signed and will enroll in January.

13 Nate McBride, LB – Vidalia HS, Vidalia, GA

Georgia’s Christmas Day present, McBride (no. 92 overall, no. 2 ILB) is an elite athlete, but some still wonder about how well he can actually play the position at the next level. It should be interesting to watch him take on other elite competition.

14 Tray Bishop, DB – Terrell Co. HS, Dawson, GA

Georgia’s newest commit, Bishop (no. 149 overall, no. 4 ATH) is an interesting case. The former Auburn commit was recruited to play quarterback or wide receiver on The Plains, but Georgia has recruited him to play either corner or safety.

18 Jeremiah “J.J.” Holloman, WR – Newton HS, Covington, GA

No one has ever questioned the athleticism of Holloman (no. 131 overall, no. 19 WR), but his hands have been questioned. After a good week of practice, we’ll see how he performs against elite competition. He’s another commit that has already signed and will enroll in January.

54 Andrew Thomas, OL – Pace Academy, Atlanta, GA

Thomas (no. 74 overall, no. 12 OT) has been one of the most talked about players this week at practice and could see a boost in his ranking in the coming weeks.

72 Netori Johnson, OL – Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, GA

Johnson (no. 82 overall, no. 5 OG) could be one of Georgia’s starting guards next season. At 6’4, 350 lbs., the dude is a beast.

78 D’Antne Demery, OL – Brunswick HS, Brunswick, GA

When Demery (no. 122 overall, no. 16 OT) committed, some referred to him as a “project.” With a loaded offensive line class, Saturday will be a chance for him to prove himself.

UGA Targets

91 Aubrey Soloman, DL – Lee Co. HS, Leesburg, GA

Soloman (no. 31  overall, no. 2 DT) is the biggest target still on Georgia’s recruiting board. The five-star made headlines at the start of the week by naming Alabama his leader, but after a week of being surrounded by LeCounte and all the other Bulldog commits, things could change. It’s also worth noting that that he’s been rooming with Holloman all week.

77 Tedarrell Slaton Jr., OL – American Heritage HS, Plantation, FL

Slaton (no. 65 overall, no. 3 OG) has emerged as a target over the past week. He plans to visit UGA on Jan. 28 and could potentially play on the offensive or defensive line.

The Army All-American game will be aired on NBC on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1:00 PM.