Star game rosters start to take shape … The post-season college football all-star games are still roughly two months away, but they are already starting to fill in their rosters. The Senior Bowl, for example, has already confirmed the names of upwards of 40 players who have accepted invitations to participate in this year’s game on February 4th in Mobile including some key prospects for the 2023 draft including Texas Tech DE Tyree Wilson, who is starting to generate some serious top 10 conversation, along with OTs Matt Bergeron of Syracuse and Maryland’s Jaelyn Duncan, WRs Rashee Rice of SMU and Virginia’s Dontayvion Wicks, DTs Siaka Ika of Baylor and Wisconsin’s Keeanu Benton, and Kentucky RB Chris Rodriquez. The Senior Bowl has also announced that QB Tyson Bagent of Shepherd, the top small-school prospect at the position whom a lot of teams around the league want to see perform against quality competition, also plans to be in Mobile. And who is invited to the Senior Bowl is important because, for the most part, the players in Mobile are the players the NFL wants to see. Indeed, last year, for example, close to 90% of the 120 players or so invited to the 2022 Senior Bowl were ultimately drafted. Meanwhile, the East-West Shrine game, which will be played in Las Vegas this year on February 2nd, has confirmed that Purdue QB Aidan O’Connell, Boston College WR Zay Flowers and LBs Brenton Cox of Florida, Georgia’s Robert Beal and Isaiah Land of Florida A&M are among players who have accepted invites to their game. Here is our compilation of the players who have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine game, the NFLPA Collegiate Classic, and the Hula Bowl, although note that there tends to be movement between games as players are often invited to more than one game. At the same time, other players will drop out because of injury or other concerns. Texas Tech’s Wilson, for example, was injured last weekend and may think twice about playing in an all-star format, but he won’t be the only one.
Here is the full schedule for this year’s main all-star games:
Senior Bowl; February 4th, 2:30 PM ET; Mobile (South Alabama)
East-West Shrine Bowl; February 2nd; 8:30 PM ET; Las Vegas
NFLPA Collegiate Classic; January 28th; Los Angeles (Rose Bowl)
Hula Bowl; January 14th; Noon ET; Orlando (UCF)