The All-American Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 5th. The game will be played at 1 p.m. and shown on NBC.
Before we get to that point, players will make their way to San Antonio, Texas on Monday, December 31st for check-in. Practices will begin on Tuesday, January 1st.
The media is scheduled to have availability with all players on Monday.
Here are three topics of interest heading into the All-American Bowl regarding Florida State recruiting:
1. Trio of commitments participating: FSU was expected to have at least five commitments participating in this game one month ago, but things didn’t go as planned. Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley four-star quarterback Sam Howell flipped to North Carolina and Tampa (Fla.) Plant four-star offensive guard William Putnam chose Clemson over Auburn and FSU.
So that means that just three players committed to the Seminoles are participating in the All-American Bowl – Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic four-star safety Nick Cross, Lehigh Acres (Fla.) Lehigh four-star strong-side defensive end Quashon Fuller and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star offensive guard Dontae Lucas.
Cross is a long-time commitment who did not sign early. Per a source, the plan was never for him to sign early, but FSU remains confident in him being a firm pledge. Cross gives off every indication that he is firm, being one of FSU’s most active recruiters on social media. The one big question centering around Cross is whether or not he has any interest, or a willingness to list, to Maryland. The Terrapins entered the picture in mid-December with the hiring of new head coach Mike Locksley, who subsequently hired Cross’ high school coach, Elijah Brooks, as an assistant. It is natural for the in-state program that hires two people Cross is ultra-familiar with to at least kick the tires on such a talented prospect. What isn’t known is whether or not Cross will truly entertain their interest between now and February’s National Signing Day.
Fuller is another long-time commitment for the Seminoles. He was up-front with his plans not to sign early. Fuller, who unofficially visited FSU right before the dead period, has used one official so far, traveling to Auburn. In January, he has plans to see FSU (on Jan. 18th tentatively), as well as Alabama and Florida. We will learn the latest on his plans at check-in.
Lucas is a signee who will enroll at FSU in the days after participating in the game.
2. Where will they commit to? A couple of long-time FSU targets are set to come off the board during the All-American Bowl on January 5th. Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove five-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood, the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver, and Houston (Texas) Dekaney four-star cornerback Marcus Banks. Haselwood is expected to choose Oklahoma over Georgia and Miami. FSU was also in the mix. Banks is expected to choose Texas A&M over Alabama, Florida, and FSU.
Other familiar names expected to announce at the event are Miami (Fla.) Southridge four-star cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, who is likely choosing between Georgia and Miami, as well as Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons four-star weak-side defensive end Khris Bogle, who has a finalists list consisting of Alabama, Florida, Miami and Tennessee, among others. FSU pursued both, but did not land an official visit from either.
3. New names emerging? We have already seen at the Under Armour All-America Game check-in that FSU’s recruiting board is expanding and changing heading into December with old names re-emerging and new names becoming known.
Plenty of old names on FSU’s recruiting board who have faded with the Seminoles are participating in the All-American Bowl, players such as Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei five-star athlete Bru McCoy and others.
There isn’t a new name to clearly point to as someone that FSU may pursue, but an uncommitted prospect at a position of need set to participate in San Antonio is Katy (Texas) Seven Lakes three-star weak-side defensive end David Ugwoegbu. Ugwoebu appears focused on Oklahoma and Texas A&M at this time, previously calling those two his ‘final two’. FSU, who missed out on five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux of Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Oaks Christian, has expanded their defensive end board in recent days.
The full roster, with notes on who is and isn’t committed, can be found here.
Noles247.com will have updates from the All-American Bowl practices and game throughout the next week.