Blue-Grey All-American Bowl: Names to know

Blue-Grey All-American Bowl: Names to know


Blue-Grey All-American Bowl: Names to know


Vinny Papale from Bishop Eustace in New Jersey is among the names to watch at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl (Photo: John F. Moreno, Courier-Post, Cherry Hill, N.J.)

Vinny Papale from Bishop Eustace in New Jersey is among the names to watch at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl (Photo: John F. Moreno, Courier-Post, Cherry Hill, N.J.)


High school football isn’t over yet.

The Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is on tap for Saturday night in Tampa, Fla., and features about a dozen players committed to power conferences.

The game, in its fourth year in Tampa, kicks off at 8 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium and will be streamed online on Fox Sports Florida’s Prep Zone.

Players are selected through a series of combines. There are roughly 15 regional combines where players are evaluated by former NFL coaches. The best of the group move to four super combines and then invitations are issued for the All-American Bowl. There are two Blue-Grey games per year; the first one was last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Former NFL assistant coaches and players make up the coaching staffs for both teams. Arlen Harris will coach the North; George Teague and Mark McMillian are part of his staff. Larry Ryans will coach the South.

Here are some names to watch:

 * Tavares Martin: A lanky 6-1, 160-pound wide receiver from Dwyer (Lake Worth, Fla.) committed to West Virginia in early December. He was a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star prospect by 247 Sports and

* Brett Zanotto: An inside linebacker from Franklin Regional in Murrysville, Pa., is a Maryland commit. Zannotto also played running back in high school but is expected to play defense in college.

* Jeff Smith II: A dual-threat quarterback from Central Catholic in Clearwater, Fla., he committed to Boston College over Wisconsin and Iowa State. A number of schools were looking at him as a defensive back, but the Eagles intend to use him at quarterback.

* Darick Holmes Jr.: The 5-7, 175-pound wide receiver from Oaks Christian High School in California committed to Arizona last March. His younger brother, Darnay, a defensive back in the Class of 2107, also committed to the Wildcats on the same day. Their father played in the NFL for five seasons for the Bills, Packers and Colts.

 * Austin Clark: A four-star offensive lineman from Rockbridge County (Lexington, Va.) decided to remain in-state at Virginia Tech after decommitting from South Carolina. Clark, 6-6 and 297, is the most highly sought after O-line recruit to commit to Tech in several years. He has signed as an early enrollee at Tech.

* Karan Higdon: A running back from Riverview in Sarasota, Fla., committed Iowa last October two weeks after he decommitted from South Florida. He is considered a four-star prospect by 247 Sports, the No. 29 running back nationally and the highest-ranked recruit in the Hawkeyes’ current class.

* Brentavious Glanton: A defensive tackle from Monroe in Albany, Ga., Glanton committed to Georgia Tech in August after a strong spring and summer. He chose the Yellow Jackets over Tennessee.

* Fyn Anderson: An offensive lineman from Lincoln Southeast in Lincoln, Neb., has made several unofficial visits to the hometown Huskers and could get an opportunity.

* JoJo Henderson: A running back from Olympus (Salt Lake City) is a second-generation Blue-Grey participant. His father, Joe, played in the college version of the game in the late 1980s, representing Iowa State.

* Vinny Papale: The Delaware commit wide receiver/defensive back from Bishop Eustace in South Jersey is the son of former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale, who was the subject of the movie “Invincible.” Vince Papale was scheduled to address the players during an event Friday.




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