Royce Freeman of Imperial High School in Imperial, 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.
“Freeman is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Imperial 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 5-foot-11, 220-pounder is rated as the No. 8 running back prospect nationally, a Scout.com four-star.
"Freeman is the top power back in the west and is an absolute load to bring down. At 5-11, 220 pounds, he's not just big and powerful but has good top end speed as well," Scout.com informs.
"He was the RB MVP at the SoCal NIKE Camp, looked very good at The Opening and has a significant upside to him. No back improved their stock more than Freeman and he answered every question about the level of competition he plays against by dominating at multiple national type events. With his size and power, it won't be a surprise if Freeman plays early in his college career."
Freeman has already committed to Oregon.
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.