Three Named to All-American Game
Victor Harris
Victor Harris
US Army All-American Game
Posted Sep 28, 2004


Victor Harris Jr., of Highland Springs, Virginia, Rodney Picou of Moreno Valley, California, and Greg Paulus, of Manlius, New York have all been added to the roster for January's All-American Game.

HIGHLAND SPRINGS, Virginia (September 28, 2004) --- As a result of being one of the top high school football players in the nation, Victor Harris Jr., of Highland Springs, Virginia has been named a 2005 U.S. Army All-American. Harris will join a stand-out list of athletes playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This classic east vs. west match-up will be televised live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. (CST) and will feature the best 78 high school football student-athletes in the country.

“It is a great pleasure to have this fine young man selected to represent his school and community as a U.S. Army All-American,” said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. “He has proven himself to be a superior athlete and I know he will add an exciting dimension to January’s game.

Our slogan, ‘An Army of One,’ recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and his talents make him a strong addition to this All-American team, Nickerson added. This game will highlight his skills for a national audience, and the Army is pleased to provide this opportunity to him and all the U.S. Army All-Americans.”

Harris is a standout cornerback and running back at Highland Springs High School and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by Tom Lemming, a well-respected evaluator of prep football talent and contributor to ESPN Sports and USA Today. Harris will play cornerback in the game.

“It could be a good argument calling Victor the best running back in the country but there might be an even better argument calling him the best CB in the country. At corner he shows great confidence, change of direction, a terrific burst and is one of the nation's best man to man pass defenders. Very fluid, he can turn his hips and is smooth in his backpedal. Let's face it, there's nothing this young man can't do on a football field,” Lemming said.

Victor Harris Video

Harris and Highland Spring Head Coach Scott Burton talk about the selection




MORENO VALLEY, Virginia (September 29, 2004) --- As a result of being one of the top high school football players in the nation, Rodney Picou (left) of Moreno Valley, California has been named a 2005 U.S. Army All-American. Picou will join a stand-out list of athletes playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This classic east vs. west match-up will be televised live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. (CST) and will feature the best 78 high school football student-athletes in the country.

“It is a great pleasure to have this fine young man selected to represent his school and community as a U.S. Army All-American,” said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. “He has proven himself to be a superior athlete and I know he will add an exciting dimension to January’s game.

Our slogan, ‘An Army of One,’ recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and his talents make him a strong addition to this All-American team, Nickerson added. This game will highlight his skills for a national audience, and the Army is pleased to provide this opportunity to him and all the U.S. Army All-Americans.”

Picou is a standout offensive tackle at Canyon Springs High School and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by Tom Lemming, a well-respected evaluator of prep football talent and contributor to ESPN Sports and USA Today.

“He proves to be a very effective run blocker, quick in a limited space and he can lock on and stay with his defender until the whistle. Not super fast but he keeps himself under control and has good balance and agility. Technically sound, he always seems to get the job done. Has great knee bend and will be an NFL player in four years,” Lemming said.




MANLIUS, New York (September 28, 2004) --- As a result of being one of the top high school football players in the nation, Greg Paulus (right), of Manlius, New York, has been named a 2005 U.S. Army All-American. Paulus will join a stand-out list of athletes playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This classic east vs. west match-up will be televised live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. (CST) and will feature the best 78 high school football student-athletes in the country.

“It is a great pleasure to have this fine young man selected to represent his school and community as a U.S. Army All-American,” said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. “He has proven himself to be a superior athlete and I know he will add an exciting dimension to January’s game.

Our slogan, ‘An Army of One,’ recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and his talents make him a strong addition to this All-American team, Nickerson added. This game will highlight his skills for a national audience, and the Army is pleased to provide this opportunity to him and all the U.S. Army All-Americans.”

Paulus is a standout quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy and was one of 400 players nominated nationally and one of 78 selected to participate by Tom Lemming, a well-respected evaluator of prep football talent and contributor to ESPN Sports and USA Today.

“He's the closest player I've seen to anyone resembling Joe Montana. Has a quick release, timing, exceptional instincts, coolness under pressure and the ability to buy time while waiting for receivers to get open. Believe me, this is a special player who can change the fortunes of any team he eventually signs with,” Lemming said.

Greg Paulus Video




As U.S. Army All-Americans, Harris, Picou, and Paulus have the potential to be named finalists for the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year Award honoring the nation’s best prep football player at the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner on January 14, 2005 in San Antonio. The Ken “The Sugarland Express” Hall Trophy, is the equivalent of the high school Heisman Trophy and is named after record setting running back Ken Hall of Sugarland, Texas.

“We’re excited about our sponsorship of such a worthwhile award,” said Deborah Sabo, director of marketing for Ball Park. “This honor rewards the core principles within high school football that we have here at Ball Park – excellence and quality.”

Also given out at the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner will be the Myoplex Speed and Strength Athlete of the Year Award. This first-year award will be bestowed upon the nation’s fastest, strongest and most dedicated high school football player. The Trophy presented to the winner will be set in the likeness of NFL great, Walter Payton.

“Speed and strength are the keys to success on the field,” said Heather Fitzgerald, marketing director for Myoplex. “And the keys to developing speed and strength are hard work in the gym and proper nutrition. We’ve helped elite NFL players improve their nutrition for more than a decade. With this award, we hope to show the nation’s top high school football players the role proper nutrition plays in reaching their goals.”

The winning team of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will receive the Herman Boone Trophy named after the legendary Virginia high school football coach who was immortalized in the Disney feature film, Remember the Titans. Also, the game MVP will receive the Pete Dawkins MVP Trophy named after the 1958 Heisman Trophy winner


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