The last major all-star event of the recruiting circuit is almost here. Ole Miss commits Shea Patterson and DeKaylin Metcalf are ready to show off their skills at the 2016 US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Saturday. We unfortunately won't get to see the five-star quarterback and four-star wide receiver play pitch and catch just yet -- Patterson is on the West team, Metcalf is on the East -- but they'll be teammates in Oxford soon enough.
Aside from those two commits, there are two big names you need to be paying attention to. Five-star linebacker Mique Juarez, a versatile talent from California, recently put Ole Miss alongside UCLA in his top two. Four-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons, the top-rated player in the state of Mississippi, is thought to be deciding between the Rebs, Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
First, here's how you can tune in.
How to watch
When: Saturday, Jan. 9th at noon CT
Where: Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra
Now let's take a quick look at how each of the four Ole Miss prospects have fared in practice this week.
5-star QB Shea Patterson (committed)
This week has shown why Patterson is rated as the top quarterback prospect of the 2016 class. The 6'2, 195-pound signal caller has shown the ability to deliver the ball on the money from the pocket, on a roll out and when evading the rush and creating.
The speed that Shea can go through three-to-five reads against a live defense is scary for a teenager, as is his quick release.
The difference between Shea Patterson's ball and the other two West QBS is evident. By far more zip and natural release. #HottyToddy— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) January 7, 2016
Patterson, who graduated high school a semester early, says he's Oxford-bound in three weeks to enroll in classes.
4-star WR DeKaylin Metcalf (committed)
D.K. has had some ups and downs catching the football this week but he's also shown exceptional quickness off the line of scrimmage and an ability to get the better of elite defensive backs. Here he is easily beating a four-star on a slant route.
DeKaylin is going to be someone that most folks will NOT want to tackle once he gets those shoulders squared. Look for D.K. to be hungry for some big plays since he had some drops earlier in the week.
And if his size and speed isn't scary enough, check out the mouthpiece. Dude is a BEAST.
Better believe Shea is excited to meet up in Oxford.
5-star LB Mique Juarez
Juarez started the week by announcing a final two of Ole Miss and UCLA, but said a couple days ago that he's still planning an official visit to Tuscaloosa. The 6'2, 231-pound stud from California has shown his versatility this week by spending some practice time in the offensive backfield as an H-back and could very well find himself being a two-way star at the next level.
Juarez's athleticism at the second level on defense is what Rebel D-coordinator Dave Wommack likes in a linebacker and we already know Juarez looks good in the red and blue.
4-star DL Jeffery Simmons
Having played at a 4A school in rural Mississippi, Simmons has flown a bit under the radar considering how talented he is. But the 6'4, 277-pound defensive end been extremely impressive this week in San Antonio, showing both quickness and strength in one-on-ones. Scout named him among the top five defensive performers earlier this week and Rivals compared him to Rashan Gary, the country's top overall prospect. A fifth star may very well be in his future.
Some crootin gurus even think Simmons could slide over to defensive tackle in college without skipping a beat. He isn't a five-star, top 10 overall guy, but in my opinion he is one of the most important croots in this cycle for Hugh Freeze and Co.