USC guide to the high school football all-star games

USC defensive end commit Oluwole Betiku will play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Saturday. Miller Safrit/ESPN

Here is a quick rundown of the three major upcoming high school football all-star games for USC fans:

Under Armour All-America Game

Location: Orlando Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)

Date: Saturday, Jan. 2

Kickoff: 9 a.m. PT


Practice dates: Dec. 29-Jan. 1

USC commits

DE Oluwole Betiku (Gardena, Calif./Serra) -- Team Highlight

DT Keyshon Camp (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson) -- Team Highlight

QB Matt Fink (Glendora, Calif./Glendora) -- Team Armour

USC targets

WR Nate Craig-Myers (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) -- Team Armour

DT Rashan Gary (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) -- Team Highlight

S Lamar Jackson (Elk Grove, Calif./Franklin) -- Team Highlight

CB Nigel Knott (Madison, Miss./Germantown) -- Team Highlight

DB Jayvaughn Myers (Dade City, Fla./Pasco) -- Team Armour

OL E.J. Price (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer) -- Team Armour


Camp was a late add to the roster, while Betiku, who gave a verbal pledge to USC on Christmas Day, is in attendance but won’t participate due to a shoulder injury. Plenty of eyes are sure to be focused on the third Trojans pledge on hand at the event, Fink, to see how he matches up going against some of the top defensive back prospects around. Both Fink and Betiku are early enrollees and will be on campus at USC in less than two weeks. Of the uncommitted prospects, Jackson is still a huge priority for the USC coaching staff. The Trojans are in his final five along with Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon and UCLA, and he will take an unofficial visit to USC in mid-January before making an announcement one week before signing day. Price is an elite offensive tackle talent who recently visited USC, while Gary is a top-flight defensive line prospect who has plans to visit the Trojans on the weekend of Jan. 15. Knott and Myers have discussed potential January visits to USC in the past as well.

Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Location: StubHub Center (Carson, Calif.)

Date: Sunday, Jan. 3

Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT

TV: Fox Sports 1

Practice dates: Dec. 30-Jan. 2

USC commits

S C.J. Pollard (Gardena, Calif./Serra) -- West

USC targets

RB Amir Rasul (Coral Gables, Fla./Coral Gables) -- East


Pollard is a mid-year graduate who will begin taking classes at USC in January. The only other Trojans target taking part in the game is Rasul, a Florida State commit. He has to be considered a long shot for Clay Helton and Co., but he is taking a number of official visits in January, including to USC on the weekend of Jan. 15.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Location: Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas)

Date: Saturday, Jan. 9

Kickoff: 10 a.m. PT


Practice dates: Jan. 4-7

USC commits

OL Frank Martin II (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) -- West

WR Michael Pittman (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) -- West

WR Trevon Sidney (La Puente, Calif./Bishop Amat) -- West

WR Tyler Vaughns (La Puente, Calif./Bishop Amat) -- West

USC targets

TE Devin Asiasi (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) -- West

S Jamel Cook (Miami, Fla./Miami Central) -- East

DB Lavert Hill (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King) -- West

CB Jackie Jones (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) -- West

LB Mique Juarez (Torrance, Calif./North) -- West

CB David Long (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) -- West

CB Byron Murphy (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) -- West


This game will provide an opportunity for Trojans fans to get a good look at three outstanding wide receivers currently committed to USC in Pittman, Sidney and Vaughns, while Martin will show what he can do in the trenches. In looking at the uncommitted targets, one-time USC commit Juarez was originally expected to announce his decision during this game, but that will now likely happen closer to signing day. UCLA is thought to have a slight edge for his services at this time. Jones recently released a top five that included USC along with Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and UCLA, and he will announce his decision on signing day as well. Asiasi has plans to visit USC on the weekend of Jan. 30, and the Trojans look to have a solid shot at landing his signature, but he’s still also considering UCLA along with Alabama, Michigan and Washington. A still wide-open Hill has a visit set to USC for the weekend of Jan. 15, as does Murphy, who will choose from a group that includes the Trojans, Arizona State, Texas A&M and Washington. Long recently listed Michigan and Washington as his top two, but USC isn’t likely to give up here just yet.