Nifae Lealao Jr. of Capital Christian High School in Sacramento, CA, has been selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 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.
“Lealao is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Capital Christian High School,” said Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”
The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder is rated as the No. 8 defensive end nationally, a Scout.com four-star prospect.
"Lealao is big, athletic and can run," Scout.com National Analyst Greg Biggins informed. "He’s very quick off the ball, especially for a player his size and shows the speed to chase down plays from behind, while also being very strong at the point of attack."
"He can take on blockers with ease, hold them off and then disengage to make a tackle. He also has multiple moves and counters to get up the field and plays with a great motor. Lealao plays mostly defensive end but has a big frame and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him move inside and play some tackle at the next level as well."
Lealao is committed to sign a letter of intent with Stanford.
For more than 13 years, 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. Adrian Peterson and Andrew Luck made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.