Brian Allen of Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, IL, 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.
“Allen is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Hinsdale Central 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-1, 287-pounder is rated as a Scout.com four-star prospect, the No. 3 center nationally.
"Tough, hard working lineman with a wrestling background and that shows up in his strength and ability to play with leverage," Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu said.
"Has good bend, plays with a good base and does a nice job getting under defenders and driving them. Finishes his blocks in the run game. Lacks great size, but has great intangibles and will fight and battle his way onto the field at the next level."
Allen is already verbally committed to Michigan State.
In the 2013 NFL Draft, there were a total of 8 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Alumni drafted in the first round. The 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,133 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.