(Wharton, N.J.) Oct. 25, 2012 – Derrick Henry of Yulee High School, Yulee, Fla., has been selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 5, 2013, 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 feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. Henry is currently rated as the No. 7 running back in the country by Scout.com, making him a five-star prospect.
Henry has made a non-binding verbal commitment to sign with Alabama on National Letter of Intent Day.
Scout Eval - "Henry is an elite athlete that is bigger than most running backs in today's game. He is very productive, he pulls away from defenders, and he runs with good vision. He is a back that runs upright and he needs to run with more power behind his pads, but he does run through a lot of arm tackles, and is very good about keeping his legs moving until the end of the play. He is explosive and he has very good speed for a back his size." - Chad Simmons
“Derrick is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Yulee High School,” said John Myers, Director of Marketing, Army Marketing and Research Group. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and Derrick possesses mental, emotional and physical strengths similar to the Army Strong Soldier, that have afforded him that honor. We are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”
Henry was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee.
For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Percy Harvin, Jamaal Charles, Patrick Peterson, and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 39,011 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.
Sergeant First Class Jacob Canterbury, Sergeant First Class John Preston, Derrick Henry, and Sergeant First John Adams
--Originally published by Greg Powers--