The first 19 athletes have been tabbed by a blue-ribbon selection committee; they represent the very best in high school football for the 2010 season, and therefore the 2011 U.S. Army All American Game.
"The first selections for the bowl always set the tone for each and every edition of THE U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL. For 10 years, the bowl has been the nation's premier showcase for high school football," said Doug Berman, chairman of SportsLink, the founder of THE U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL. "This past year, we had seven alumni from the bowl named to the Pro Bowl. In the spring, eight alumni of THE U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Every year, the talent in the bowl continues to get more and more impressive."
The 19 players are:
(Baton Rouge, La.)
Isaiah Crowell - RB - Carver (Columbus, Ga.)
Ray Drew - DE - Thomas County (Thomasville, Ga.)
George Farmer - WR - Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
Curtis Grant - LB - Hermitage (Richmond, Va.)
Aaron Green - RB - James Madison (San Antonio, Texas)
Matthew Hegarty - OL - (Aztec Aztec, N.M.)
Kenny Hilliard - RB - Patterson (Patterson, La.)
Anthony Johnson - DE - O.P. Walker (New Orleans, La.)
Cyrus Kouandjio - OL - DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Jarvis Landry - WR - Lutcher (Convent, La.)
Colt Lyerla - LB - Hillsboro (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Braxton Miller - QB - Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio)
Nick O'Leary - TE - Dwyer (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Charone Peake - WR - Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Gig Harbor (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Christian Westerman - OL -Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
James Wilder - LB - Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
Gabe Wright - DT - Carver (Columbus, Ga.)
Throughout the past decade, THE U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL has featured the nation's most elite football players and honored more than 300 of the most committed Soldier Heroes. In addition to more than 400 NCAA athletes, the game has more than 90 alumni currently playing in the NFL. Included in this tally are five starting quarterbacks in the NFL and the New York Jets' center-quarterback tandem, Nick Mangold and Mark Sanchez.
The 2009 U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL was attended by 32,732 fans and garnered a 1.7 rating on NBC. The 2010 game will take place on January 9, 2010 in San Antonio and will be televised live on NBC. It will be the 10th anniversary of the bowl.
For more information on THE U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com & www.goarmy.com. THE U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL is owned by SportsLink, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. Other national sponsors of the All-American Bowl include Russell Athletics, San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, Choice Hotels, Maxwell Football Club, beRecruited.com, Rivals.com, Schutt Sports, Deloitte, Gatorade, EAS, Athletic Republic, NCSA, and Football University.
The U.S. Army Accessions Command, headquartered at Ft. Monroe, Va., is charged with providing integrated command and control of the recruiting and initial military training for the Army's officer, warrant officer, and enlisted forces. Designed to meet the human resource needs of the Army from first handshake to first unit of assignment, the command transforms volunteers into Soldiers and leaders for the Army.