Rockaway, N.J. (May 9, 2014) – Seventeen of Virginia’s top senior football players have been nominated to play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Those nominated will have the chance to showcase their talents on Saturday, January 3, 2015, in the annual East vs. West match-up, televised live on NBC at 1:00 PM EST.
“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique celebration of high school athletes, musicians and the American Soldier,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “This nomination recognizes the mental, emotional and physical strengths, as well as the leadership qualities these athletes possess both on and off the field; qualities they share with Army Strong Soldiers. We look forward to the continued opportunity to showcase the talents of America’s youth during the All-American Bowl Selection Tour and Bowl Week.”
|A list of the nominees can be accessed at: www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com/nominations/intro_welcome.php. Below are the 17 Virginia nominees.|
|Athlete Last Name||Athlete First Name||Position||High School Name||High School City|
|Alexander||A.J.||WR||Lake Braddock Secondary School||Burke|
|Armstrong||Trevion||WR||Matoaca High School||Chesterfield|
|Burrell||Matthew||OL||C.D. Hylton High School||Woodbridge|
|Clark||Austin||OL||Rockbridge County High School||Lexington|
|Davis||Chuck||DB||Broad Run High School||Ashburn|
|DeBerry||Ricky||LB||St. Christopher’s School||Richmond|
|Ferrell||Clelin||DL||Benedectine College Prep||Richmond|
|Lewis||Harry||DL||Phoebus High School||Hampton|
|Lewis||Jaason||ATH||Ocean Lakes High School||Virginia Beach|
|McClease||Deshawn||RB||Oscar Smith High School||Chesapeake|
|Polk||Brandon||WR||Briar Woods High School||Ashburn|
|Settle||Tim||DL||Stonewall Jackson High School||Manassas|
|Simmons||Jahvoni||LB||Ocean Lakes High School||Virginia Beach|
|Sweat||Josh||DL||Oscar Smith High School||Chesapeake|
|Taylor||Darrell||DL||Hopewell High School||Hopewell|
|Taylor||Darvin||DL||Thomas Dale High School||Chester|
|Taylor||Garrett||DB||St. Christopher’s School||Richmond|
The athletes were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All-American Games, 247Sports – the Bowl’s official online recruiting network, and All-American Games’ network of regional coaches throughout the country. Of the 400 nominees, 90 will be ultimately selected and invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Player finalists, along with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band musicians, will be announced nationwide throughout the fall, with the Selection Tour ending in early December.
For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson and Andrew Luck both made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft, Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick.
The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,017 to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.