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Army Bowl notebook: Dec. 31 

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SAN ANTONIO -- The second day of practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl -- on the last day of 2013 -- has come to a conclusion. Here is Tuesday’s notebook featuring some of the nation’s elite athletes:

LB Williams: Law and order equals '98 percent'


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#BlueChipBattles: ESPN 150 release edition

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Speedy Noil, Adoree Jackson, Da'Shawn HandStudent Sports, ESPN, ESPNSpeedy Noil, Adoree Jackson and Da'Shawn Hand are three of the most coveted recruits in the Class of 2014.
#BlueChipBattles Insider: RecruitingNation summoned its writers from around the country to outline the recruiting battles for the ESPN 150's top 10 prospects.

Plus, rank the battles in SportsNation.

#TopFBMixtapes: Athlete mixtapes are all the rage in this highlight-crazed era of sports. We reached out to our Twitter followers to find out which 2014 football stars had the best highlight reels on YouTube, then had our staff rank and comment on the top submissions.

Tom Luginbill writes Insider: After talking to many coaches across the country and hearing their frustrations, here are their five biggest complaints about homemade highlight videos.
When recruiting a skill player from outside the Southeast, SEC coaches are going to want to know one thing: “Does he have SEC speed?”

Manalapan (N.J.) High School receiver Saeed Blacknall has it.


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Taking a look at no-visit policies

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Texas is joining the likes of Michigan, Oregon and Georgia Tech in instituting a no-visit policy for its commits. Is this hard-line stance a good idea for elite programs? RecruitingNation writer Mitch Sherman takes a look the trend.

Read the story here.

UA Combine Notebook: South Carolina 

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More than 150 of the top underclassmen prospects in the country were in attendance for the Under Armour All-America Combine, several of which are from South Carolina.

Top LB hopes to earn UGA offer

ESPN 2014 Watch List linebacker Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley), the son of former NFL linebacker and Gamecocks standout Corey Miller, had a monster season as a junior.


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ATLANTA -- Even though Ohio is the only school to offer Christian Harris to this point, that hasn’t stopped the elite programs from recruiting him. Alabama, Georgia and LSU have shown some type of interest in the versatile lineman.

The biggest surprise for Harris was when UA assistant coach Kirby Smart came by his school to see him.

“I was shocked,” Harris said. “I was like, ‘Is this Kirby Smart standing in front of me? I don’t want to mess up anything I say.' ”

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Multiple trips to LSU doesn't mean Frank Herron isn't going to look around.

"I haven't decided yet," the ESPN 300 defensive end said when asked if he would take official visits to other schools besides LSU.

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Blue leaning to two 

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Joe Blue's recruitment has slowed a bit, but that won't last long.

After picking up a flurry of scholarship offers in January, the 2014 linebacker prospect from Dillon (S.C.) High School hasn't picked up anymore lately. Yet one still stands out.

Blue said Florida, which is one of the schools to offer, is his second favorite school, just behind Georgia.

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Vanderdoes names his top 15 

June, 18, 2012
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Monday was a busy day for commitments in the West region, but defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) isn't exactly ready to jump into the commitment scene. More than half of the top 30 players in the West have already made verbal commitments, but Vanderdoes is taking things slowly. On Monday, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman took to twitter to release a list of his top 15 schools.

Alabama, Baylor, California, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA, USC and Washington all made the cut. Vanderdoes included in his tweet that he will be cutting that down to a top 10 group soon.

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Four-star athlete Justin Thomas (Prattvile, Ala./Prattville) is following his heart.

All he wants is a chance to play quarterback at the next level. This 5-foot-11 and 180-pound athlete committed to Alabama many months ago with the hope at one day becoming the signal caller in Tuscaloosa. But based on recent conversations with the Crimson Tide staff, Thomas thought it would be best to chase his quarterback dreams somewhere else.

“Justin de-committed this morning,” said Jamey Debose, Prattville’s coach. “Alabama told him he was going to play defensive back, and he wants to play quarterback. Alabama was honest with him and hats off to Justin and his family for sticking with what he wants to do. Alabama and Justin left it on good terms and to be honest this is the best on both parties.”

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