Signing Day Sports team members will have a booth on-site during bowl week which will be dedicated to teaching today’s brightest young football stars about the Signing Day Sports platform, and how it can benefit them in their recruiting journey. At the booth, athletes will also be able to get their video-verified measurables recorded and uploaded into their player public profiles.
The U.S. Army Bowl is America’s Biggest Week in Football, where the world’s best athletes come to shine. Hosted in Frisco, Texas, by the Dallas Cowboys, Bowl Week invites the nation’s top athletes and teams to showcase their ability and compete on the nation’s biggest football stage.
As the official national recruiting partner of The Bowl, Signing Day Sports has played a major role in this selection process by identifying and selecting a number of athletes to participate in the festivities.
Today, The Wire will highlight a few of the recruits that will be in attendance.
Isaiah Autry – OT – Itawamba Agriculture, MS
“At this time, I am excited to announce that I have committed to further my athletic and academic career at the University of Oklahoma,” said Isaiah Autry via his Twitter in April of this year.
What the Sooners are getting in Autry is a dominant force in the trenches, capable of legitimately controlling a game. He is ranked as the number one offensive tackle in his state and the 14th highest recruit overall.
His recruitment led him to Oklahoma because of the family environment that Brett Venables has created. Surely, the litany of other SEC offers piqued his interest, but he kept coming back to one school.
“I was already here before, and I got to see a lot already from how they coach their players, how they are as a family, how it’s always just more than football to them,” Autry said.
With his already proven acumen on the line, and many years ahead of training with Bedenbaugh, Autry has his eye on development. He told Sports Illustrated about how excited he was to play for a coaching staff that regularly places linemen in the NFL. If things pan out, he may be next in line.
Fred “Fat” Clark – LB – Winona, MS
Fred Clark has been a hot commodity in the last year for a handful of Division I schools. In fact, after having committed to Ole Miss early in 2023, he reopened his commitment and ended up joining Mississippi State.
“After a long talk with my family and coaches I’ve decided to open my recruitment back up and de-commit from the University of Mississippi,” said Clark via his Twitter. “Thanks to the coaching staff at Ole Miss for the love and opportunity.”
Soon after, he would commit to his new school, invigorating the fan base and the already committed group of athletes that will be joining him in Starkville. And he projects to be a household name sooner than later.
After playing four seasons at the varsity level, Clark walks away with an average of 6.5 tackles per game, 21 tackles for loss, six sacks, and eight fumble recoveries. And at 6’2” and 230 pounds, he’ll be sure to cause trouble for those lining up opposite him at the U.S. Army Bowl.
Leonard Moore – CB – Round Rock, TX
“Moore is a flexible and smooth athlete that changes direction with ease,” said Bryan Driskell with Sports Illustrated. “His ability to plant and drive downhill is outstanding.”
While he has collected quite a few Division I offers, his family considered his eventual commitment to Notre Dame a “no-brainer”.
Moore’s father was confident as soon as the offer letter came in where his son would end up.
“I’m big on kids having a great academic experience because you can do both,” said Moore. “When he told me Notre Dame offered, I said, ‘The recruiting is over. I mean it’s a no-brainer.’”
Desman Stephens – Safety – Clarkston, MI
This is an athlete by every definition of the word. Desman Stephens could feasibly line up at almost any position on the field and make a strong impact on the game. And that impact has been felt every time he steps on the field.
He finishes his senior season with 88 tackles, including nine for a loss, three interceptions, six pass breakups, and more than 1,000 scrimmage yards playing as both a receiver and a running back. We refer to him as a coach’s dream.
Lots of Trieu’s analysis just points to the fact that Stephens has very high football IQ and skill. His ball skills from his time as a receiver and cornerback will translate well to wherever he ends up at USC. And for Stephens, that time can’t come soon enough.
“Growing up watching USC with my family and watching that rich history … it’s just great to be part of that tradition and try to make some more history,” said Stephens in an interview with Rivals.
Damarion Witten – TE – Glenville, OH
When Damarion Witten announced his commitment in June this year, he had a message for the college football world: he was staying home, and he was going to be actively recruiting others to follow suit.
Damarion Witten will join a prestigious group of Glenville football players who have transitioned to Ohio State, a roster that includes notable names like wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Donte Whitner, quarterback Troy Smith, quarterback Cardale Jones, and linebacker Arvell Reese.
Glenville head coach, Ted Ginn Sr., has high praise for the tight end.
“It was never a doubt who he was, what he could do,” said Ginn Sr. “He’s a freak of nature. And they don’t come that often.”
On December 2nd, Glenville dominated Archbishop Alter in the Division IV state championship game and ended the season ranked number five in the state. All Witten did in that game was catch five balls for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Seems like another day’s work for him. We expect more of the same in Frisco’s Army Bowl this month.