(WHARTON, N.J.) November 15, 2011 – Michael Starts of La Vega High School, Waco, TX, 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.
“Michael is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at La Vega 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 Michael 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-4.5, 275-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. He is currently rated as the #4 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, making him a four-star prospect.
Startsis committed to play his college ball for Texas Tech.
Scout Eval: An amazing physical specimen in addition to being a player with feet and explosion good enough to play on the offensive or defensive line in college. He plays offensive tackle, but could easily slide in to play guard. He pulls well and is able to get down field to block on the second level. He is good in pass protection and super strong when making first contact. He has a wide base and will only be better as he adds weight with maturity.
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(From left to right) Staff Sergeant Damion Kennedy, Staff Sergeant Christopher Hand, Michael Starts, Major Timothy Childress