(Wharton, NJ) October 15, 2011 – Jabari Ruffin of Downey High School, Downey, CA, has been selected to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will be presented by American Family Insurance. The game will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
“Jabari is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Downey High School,” said John Myers, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and Jabari possesses similar mental, emotional and physical strengths to Army Strong Soldiers. We are proud to honor all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and congratulate each of them on their selection.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. Smith is currently rated as the #14 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, making him a 4-star prospect.
Smith has already made a commitment to USC.
Scout Eval: He is the heat seeking missile who runs like a scalded dog. Not at all what you might expect when you see he is listed at 6’3, 230. He plays all over the place in high school, but will make a great defender in college and will blossom once he has the chance to limit his focus. He is very physical and knows how to coil up and deliver the big hits which will oft times separate the football from the ball carrier.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Andra Bellamy (Left), Jabari Ruffin (Right)