'13 Army Selection: DeSean Smith

DeSean Smith

Lake Charles (La.) Barbe High tight end DeSean Smith earns elite status on 2013 U.S. Army All-American Team...

(Wharton, N.J.) – Desean Smith of Barbe High School, Lake Charles, La., 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-4, 220-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. Smith is currently rated as the No. 9 tight end in the country by Scout.com, making him a four-star prospect.

Smith has made a non-binding verbal commitment to sign with LSU on National Letter of Intent Day.

Scout Eval: Smith is a very good pass catching tight end. He is a very fluid runner and he has shown great body control when the ball is coming his way. He is still lean, so he needs to add weight, get stronger, and really add blocking to his game as a tight end. He excels in getting in space and catching passes, but he needs to improve on blocking and getting off the ball when someone lines up over him. He has a lot of upside. - Chad Simmons

"DeSean is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Barbe High School," said John Myers, Director of Marketing, Army Marketing and Research Group. "Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and DeSean 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."

Smith 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.

Staff Sergeant Ronald Lange, DeSean Smith, Captain William Conger

Originally published by Greg Powers

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