Fourteen set to announce at Army Bowl


SAN ANTONIO – Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl (1 p.m. ET on NBC) will include verbal commitments from 14 top prospects, six from the West roster and eight from the East.

ESPNU 150 defensive back Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant) will choose among Cal, Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Thompson, a four-star safety is the No. 2 player in California and No. 3 safety in the country. Among national prospects, he is the 22nd-ranked player overall.

ESPNU 150 defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia) is expected to choose between California and USC. A four-star player, McCarthy added that he may choose to decide at a later date. McCarthy, at 6-5 and 311 pounds, is the fourth-ranked defensive tackle and fifth-ranked player in California. He is ranked No. 43 among all national prospects.

Headlining the group from the East is ESPNU 150 safety Deon Bush (Miami, Fla./Columbus). Bush (6-foot-1, 177 pounds) will decide among Alabama, Auburn and Miami. He is the No. 4 safety and No. 65 prospect overall.

ESPNU 150 running back Barry Sanders (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall) will choose from Oklahoma State, Florida State, Stanford and Alabama. A 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior, Sanders is considered the No. 3 player in Oklahoma and No. 6 running back nationally. He is ranked No. 78 among all national prospects.

ESPNU 150 defensive end Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, N.C./Crest) will be selecting from Clemson, Florida and South Carolina. Bullard (6-3, 255) is listed as the No. 11 defensive end and No. 83 player overall.

ESPNU 150 athlete Anthony Alford (Petal, Miss./Petal) will choose among Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss. He would like to play baseball as well, and all three finalists have offered him the chance to do so. Alford (6-0, 210) is rated as the No. 14 athlete and No. 98 prospect overall. He’s played nothing but quarterback this week.

ESPNU 150 defensive end Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson) has a top five of Southern California, Georgia, South Carolina, Miami and Florida. McCord (6-3, 220) has an official visit with USC on Jan. 20. He is rated as the No. 13 defensive end and No. 99 player overall.

Four-star linebacker Brian Nance (Euless, Texas/Trinity) will choose out of Baylor, Arkansas and UCLA. A 6-foot-3, 210-pound player, Nance is considered the 15th-best linebacker in the country.

Four-star receiver Jordan Payton (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) will choose out of Cal, UCLA, Notre Dame and Michigan. Payton, at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, is ranked No. 21 in California and No. 25 nationally among receivers.

Four-star athlete Kevon Seymour (Pasadena, Calif./John Muir) will choose among Cal, USC, Oregon and UCLA. Seymour, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior who has seen time at the Army practices at cornerback, is the 19th-ranked player in California.

Four-star inside linebacker Nick Dawson (Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O. Berry) has a final three of Clemson, Louisville and North Carolina State. Louisville got the last visit on Dec. 16. Dawson (6-2, 222) is the No. 13 inside linebacker overall and the No. 16 payer in North Carolina.

Four-star outside linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla./Norland) has a final three of Illinois, Louisville and Miami. Brown, who originally committed to Illinois, is rated as the No. 27 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 43 player in Florida. He checks in at 6-1 and 225 pounds.

Four-star safety Jordan Diggs (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast) has a final list of South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Diggs (6-0, 195) is the No. 16 safety overall and No. 45 player in Florida.

Four-star safety Elijah Shumate (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco) will decide among Rutgers, South Carolina and Notre Dame. Shumate (6-0, 205) is the No. 14 safety in the country and No. 6 player in New Jersey.