Allen Lazard of Urbandale High School in Urbandale, IA, 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.
“Lazard is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Urbandale 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-4, 190-pounder is a Scout.com four-star prospect, rated as the the No. 21 wide receiver nationally.
"Lazard is a force on the football field," Scout.com explained. "Not only does he use his excellent speed to blow by defenders, he uses his strength to get off of press coverage.
"Very few players his age possess his combination of size and speed, which makes him unique coming into college in 2014. In the meantime, he will continue to work on his route running ability and also his footwork.
"While he is very strong for his age, he’ll have to be prepared to adjust to stronger defenders when he reaches the college level. That shouldn’t be a problem for him as long he listens to his coaches and doesn’t take his abilities for granted."
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.