(WHARTON, N.J.) December 9, 2011 – James Ross of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory School, Orchard Lake, MI, 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.
“James is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory School,” said John Myers, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and James 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-1, 215-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. He is currently rated as the #2 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, making him a four-star prospect.
Ross is committed to play his college ball for Michigan.
Scout Eval: Smart, instinctive backer who does a great job of taking plays head on, getting rid of blockers and finding the ball. Measureables are not super, but football smarts, toughness and fundamentals are. Does a solid job in coverage, and is physical when asked to cover backs and tight ends. More of a finished product, than an upside guy, but a kid who has always been productive and should continue to be so in college. - Allen Trieu
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(From left to right) Sergeant First Class Seth T. Charlton and James Ross