Monday January 4th, 2016

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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl kicked off on Monday, with practices starting in San Antonio leading up to the game being played on Saturday, January 9 at 12 p.m. CT.

Scout breaks down four things to watch in San Antonio.

1) Who's the No. 1 QB?

The top two quarterbacks in the country will both be in San Antonio, with Mississippi commit Shea Patterson playing for the West and Georgia commit Jacob Eason slated for the East. Patterson has been the top-rated quarterback by Scout for a year, but Eason has been right behind him and not only are they 1–2 in the quarterback rankings, there isn't a huge gap between the two overall, with Patterson No. 5 and Eason No. 7 in the Scout overall prospect rankings.

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Can Patterson hold on to the top spot and keep the Rebels recent run of landing top-ranked players at their position going under Hugh Freeze or will Eason edge past him and be more than just the top prospect in the West and become the top signal-caller nationally?

The biggest storyline to watch in San Antonio is to see who comes out on top between the top future SEC passers.

2) Can the Texas defensive linemen live up to the hype?

A year ago, the crop of defensive line talent from the West Coast really impressed me all week during practices. This time around, I'm anxious to see if a strong group of Lone Star State defensive linemen can live up to their hype.

There are 15 defensive linemen from Texas in the 2016 Scout 300; one-third of those players will be in San Antonio. This year's Army game will host the Nos. 1, 5, and 6 defensive ends in Texas, led by five-star Texas A&M commit Justin Madubuike. The other two are four-star prospects Erick Fowler (LSU commit) and Mark Jackson (Texas A&M commit), who are both in the top 200 of the 2016 Scout 300.

The defensive tackle spot will also be well-represented with Michigan commit Jordan Elliott and fellow Scout 300 four-star prospect Ross Blacklock, players who rank No. 3 and No. 7 among 2016 defensive tackles in Texas.

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3) What will Daelin Hayes do?

I am very interested in seeing Daelin Hayes in San Antonio.

The Notre Dame commit had his senior season cut short by injury and his junior one was cut short by a transfer, so we have not seen him play a ton of football over the last two years.

But he has supreme physical tools and I'm looking forward to seeing him against the nation's best.

4) Which playmaker on the East will emerge?

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The East roster has some of the most versatile play-makers in the country on its roster in five-stars Mecole Hardman Jr and Tavien Feaster as well as four-stars Demetris Robertson and Ahmmon Richards.

I'll be glued in to not only where they'll line up each day, but if and when some from this group ends up strutting his stuff either at another position or on the other side of the ball.

Figuring out the best athlete on this roster may indicate the best in the country itself. The group is that stacked.

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