"The players selected represent not only impressive athletic talent, but strong character, commitment and academic performance," said Shaon Berry, Semper Fidelis Bowl founder and CEO of JuniorRank Sports. "Although we're showcasing these young men on the football field, we're also setting the precedent that off-the-field performance is equally as important."
Athletes committed to the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl come from around the country, and will be playing on Saturdays for some of the nation's most respected college football programs.
Michael Barton, OLB, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle – committed to California
Nathan Dean, OT, Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita – committed to Washington
Deontay Greenberry, WR, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union – committed to Notre Dame
Bart Houston, QB, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle – committed to Wisconsin
Jeff Lindquist, QB, Mercer Island (Wash.) – committed to Washington
Hardy Nickerson Jr., MLB Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd – committed to California
Keivarae Russell, RB, Everett (Wash.) Mariner– undeclared
Tee Shepard , CB, Fresno (Calif.) Central – committed to Notre Dame
Freddie Tagaloa, OT, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian – undeclared
Walker Williams, OT, Tacoma (Wash.) Tacoma Baptist – undeclared
Paul Boyette, DT, Humble (Texas) – committed to Texas
Jarvis Lewis, DE, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral – undeclared
Max McCaffrey, WR, Castle Rock (Colo.) Valor Christian– committed to Duke
Cyler Miles, QB, Denver (Colo.) Mullen – committed to Washington
Paul Thurston, OT, Arvada (Colo.) Arvada West – committed to Nebraska
Jordan Diamond, OT, Chicago (Ill.) Simeon – undeclared
Andre McDonald, WR, Plymouth (Minn.) Hopkins – undeclared
Antonio Morrison, OLB, Bolingbrook (Ill.) – undeclared
Anthony Standifer, CB, Crete (Ill.) Crete-Monee – committed to Michigan
Maxx Williams, TE, Waconia (Minn.) – committed to Minnesota
Patrick Destefano, OG, Spartanburgh (S.C.) Dorman – committed to Clemson
Ryan Dillard, CB, Atlanta (Ga.) Buford– undeclared
Marshall Morgan, PK, Coral Springs (Fla.) Archbishop McCarthy– undeclared
Kye Morgan, RB, Franklin Park (N.J.) Franklin – committed to Georgia
Brandon Napoleon, QB, Rahway (N.J.) St. Peters Prep – committed to West Virginia
Armani Reeves, CB, Northeastern (Mass.) Catholic Memorial School – undeclared
Camren Williams, OLB, Northeastern (Mass.) Catholic Memorial School – committed to Penn State
Courtnye Wynn, DE, Chesapeake (Va.) Norfolk Christian – committed to Virginia
"I've been watching and evaluating high school athletes for decades now, and the Semper Fidelis Bowl combines the best on the field and off the field talent" said Tom Lemming, renowned recruiting analyst for CBS Sports Network and chair of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Selection Committee. "The talent we're proud to announce committing to the Semper Fidelis Bowl is simply astounding. Athletic prowess paired with the Marines' core values of honor, courage and commitment makes all of these young men top-notch players to watch."
Invitations to both the Semper Fidelis Bowl and the Proving Ground Football Combine will be issued throughout the summer and fall on a rolling basis until each roster is filled. Athletes interested in enhancing their visibility and improving their skills can register for the affiliated JuniorRank Sports Diamond Flight Camps. Held in a host of major cities, a full camp schedule is available at: http://www.juniorrank.com/camps/diamond-flight-camps.
To learn more about the Semper Fidelis Bowl and presenters JuniorRank Sports and the United States Marine Corps, visit http://www.semperfidelisbowl.com.
About the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl:
The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, proudly presented by JuniorRank Sports and the United States Marine Corps, will air on CBS Sports Network Jan. 3, 2012, at 4 p.m. MST, from Phoenix. One hundred of the nation's elite high school football players will face off in a traditional East versus West gridiron matchup, showcasing athletes who embody the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. The Proving Ground football combine, airing Jan. 2, 2012, at 1 p.m. MST, on CBS Sports Network, will give viewers the chance to watch 400 of the country's best high school football stars participate in skills competitions, showing a national audience why these impressive athletes comprise the next generation of collegiate football talent.
About JuniorRank Sports:
JuniorRank Sports identifies, trains and recognizes the best student athletes in the country, focusing on the principles of character, integrity, discipline and academic excellence. Seeking to cultivate the next generation college football athletes, JuniorRank Sports adopts a socially responsible approach that evaluates performance on, and off, the field. By hosting several skills camps in cities across the country, CEO Shaon Berry and JuniorRank Sports staff meet, train and work alongside student athletes who are dedicated to honing their football skills, while also developing the skills that will carry them beyond their football playing careers.