"Our roster is filling out with excellent young players that embody strength in athleticism, academics and character – and an understanding that performance off the field is critically important to their success," said Shaon Berry, Semper Fidelis Bowl founder and CEO of JuniorRank Sports. "The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is the preeminent bowl game and is going to change the way people think about high school football, blazing the trail for the next generation of college and professional football standouts."
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. This round of announcements focuses on players that come from three states with a storied football history—Georgia, Illinois and Pennsylvania:
James Deloach, defensive end, Millen (Ga.) Jenkins County – committed to Georgia
Jarontay Jones, defensive end, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson – committed to Virginia Tech
Jordan Watkins, defensive end, College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy – undeclared
Jaquay Williams, wide receiver, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek – committed to Auburn
Joseph Scelfo, offensive guard, Bogart (Ga.) North Oconee – undeclared
Faith Ekakitie, defensive tackle, Chicago (Ill.) Lake Forest Academy – undeclared
Maurice Fleming, cornerback, Chicago (Ill.) Curie Metropolitan – committed to Iowa
Jordan Westerkamp, wide receiver, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic – committed to Nebraska
Jaylen Coleman, middle linebacker, Monroeville (Penn.) Gateway – undeclared
Demetrious Cox, safety, Jeannette (Penn.) – undeclared
Greg Garmon, running back, Erie (Penn.) McDowell – undeclared
Jesse James, tight end, McKeesport (Penn.) South Allegheny – committed to Penn State
Deaysean Rippy, offensive linebacker, McKees Rocks (Penn.) Sto-Rox – undeclared
Rushel Shell, running back, Alquippa (Penn.) Hopewell – undeclared
Adam Bisnowaty, offensive tackle, Pittsburgh (Penn.) Fox Chapel Area – undeclared
It's a good crop from Georgia, which is fast becoming one of the most fertile states in the country.
"Some very good talent from Georgia will be participating in this game and headlining that group is Auburn commitment Jaquay Williams and one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state, Jordan Watkins. Williams is someone who can go up and the jump ball as good as anyone and Waktins is a versatile lineman who moves well and has a great frame for adding weight. Virginia Tech commitment Jarontay Jones, Georgia, commitment James Deloach, and Josh Scelfo are three other solid prospects involved in this event. Scelfo is a strong interior OL and Jones and Deloach do their damage on the defensive side of the ball at end," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons.
Illinois is also contributing some top prospects.
"Ekakitie a player with great potential. He moves well at his size and has gone from a big middle linebacker to an athletic defensive tackle prospect over his career. I think the question a lot of folks have about him is the level of competition he plays, and it will be great for him to show his stuff against some of the best in the country at this game," said Allen Trieu, Scout.com national recruiting analyst. "I watched Maurice Fleming earn this invite at their camp. He's one of the best athletes in the Midwest. He can play several positions on the field, but he will project to cornerback at Iowa. It will be great to see him play that at the game, and I would bet he'll see some time on offense as well. Nebraska commit Jordan Westerkamp is one of the most polished receivers in the Midwest. He has really good ball skills and a knack for making big plays at key moments. He's very deserving of this honor. I've always considered him a little underrated, so it's good to see him recognized."
Pennsylvania has long been known for its outstanding football, and the selections validate that.
"Western Pennsylvania historically produces some of the best football players in the country it is nice to see The Semper Fidelis Bowl selecting seven of the areas best players to represent this game. All seven players are standouts on the field and they are good people, which is what Shaon Berry and the folks at Junior Rank are striving for. Rushel
Shell is a coup to have in any all-star game, he has a chance to become
Pennsylvania's all-time leading rusher and he is already considered one of the
best high school players the state has produced. For their first year, this is
starting to look like a pretty impressive roster of players," said Scout.com
national recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels.
As the high school football season begins, and throughout the fall, Semper Fidelis Bowl Selection Committee members will be focusing their attention on standout athletes around the country. Invitations to both the Semper Fidelis Bowl and the Proving Ground Football Combine will be issued throughout the coming months on a rolling basis until each roster is filled.
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.