On the heels of the introductory Under Armour All-America game post, I felt that it was necessary, and perhaps even more prudent, to also introduce Friday night's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. While there are only 4 kids playing that are Miami targets, their names are all recognizable and important to Canes fans. On top of that, there's a very good shot that Miami will land a commitment from one of the participants.
Here's a link to the 2013 (and 2012, don't get confused) rosters: HERE
Now, on to the relevant players:
All of you should obviously know each of these names, for better or for worse. To begin with, Alex Collins is towards the top of the Miami coaches' recruitment list, right below Matthew Thomas. Collins was a long time Miami commit, but recently de-committed in order to explore his options. Many thought that that was the end of the line, but with recent coaching turnover at FSU, and Wisconsin's Beilema leaving for Arkansas, you have to think that Miami stands a good chance of luring Collins back to Coral Gables.
Jermaine Grace is a high-profile linebacker target, and he is the one Miami target that may announce at this game. He has been rumored to be close to a decision for a long while now, and many would be surprised if he did not wind up a Cane. He had a fantastic visit not too long ago, and since then it's more or less been a waiting game.
Ray Lewis III is already committed, and has been for a while, but is still one of the more intriguing prospects in this year's class. His high school numbers are just silly, and while they may not have come against the best competition available, they still prove that he is an elite athlete. What else would you expect from the son of the one and only Ray Lewis?
Kermit Whitfield's recruitment has been infuriating. There is no other word to really describe it. He has been linked to Miami, Clemson, West Virginia, and currently, FSU. However, he is visiting Miami on January 18th, and has posted on his twitter than Cane coaches have been at a few of his games and have been back in touch with him. Does this mean he flips (again)? Who knows.
The Semper Fidelis Bowl will be played Friday, January 4th at 9 pm Eastern, and will be broadcast on the NFL Network.