As some of the top teams in the country prepare to play on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, some of the top future stars are also preparing in Orlando, Florida.
Some of the top recruits in the 2019 recruiting class are practicing for the Under Armour All-America Game, which airs Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The prospects can't help their future college teams in the bowl games this season, but could be vital pieces in the years to come.
The Ducks are taking on Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl on Monday, and though they won't be able to use No. 1 ranked prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux against the Spartans, the future looks bright for Oregon's pass rush with Thibodeaux on board.
The No. 1 ranked prospect, Kayvon Thibodeaux, is at the Under Armour
The No. 1 ranked prospect, Kayvon Thibodeaux, is at the Under Armour All America game. Craig Haubert breaks down Thibodeaux on and off the field and what he'll bring to Oregon next season. Video by Tom VanHaaren
The top defensive end in the country chose the Ducks over Alabama, Florida State and a slew of other programs. Thibodeaux is one of six ESPN 300 signees from the state of California for Oregon and is a big part of why the Ducks have the No. 5 class in the country.
"In the summer, when I dropped my top five, I was going to Florida State. I really loved Willie Taggart, but I told my cousin if Florida State has a positive record I'm going to Florida State, if they don't, I'm going to Alabama," Thibodeaux said Saturday. "When it came down to it, Florida State didn't have a great year, and I felt that I wanted to take my own route. I could be another No. 1 guy at Alabama, but if I went in a [different] direction, my platform and brand would be a lot bigger."
The Aggies are taking on NC State in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, and Jimbo Fisher and his staff have quite a few prospects playing in the Under Armour game. There are seven total Texas A&M commitments playing in the game and none bigger than the No. 1 offensive tackle, Kenyon Green.