Charlotte-area prep football stars named U.S. Army All-Americans

Charlotte-area prep football stars named U.S. Army All-Americans

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Charlotte-area prep football stars named U.S. Army All-Americans

The state of North Carolina will be represented by 17 players in the January all-star game.

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The state of North Carolina will be represented by 17 players in the January all-star game.

Jan 3, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; East quarterback Sam Darnold (18) gets away from West linebacker Osa Masina (3) in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. West beat East 39-36. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 3, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; East quarterback Sam Darnold (18) gets away from West linebacker Osa Masina (3) in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome. West beat East 39-36. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

ROCKAWAY, N.C. — Seventeen of North Carolina’s top senior football players have been nominated to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Of those from North Carolina, 10 players are from the Charlotte viewing area, including top-rated prospect Josh Brown of Mallard Creek and University of Oklahoma commit Austin Kendall from Cuthbertson High. Hough’s Mark Fields played in the game in 2015.

“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America’s youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the Nation – the U.S. Army,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability the athletes possess both on and off the field; qualities they share with U.S. Army Soldiers. We look forward to the 2016 Army All-American Bowl program that includes more than 200 events across the country and culminates in San Antonio during game week.”

The athletes were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, 247Sports, and XOS Digital, and All American Games’ network of regional coaches throughout the country. Of the 400 nominees, 90 will be ultimately selected and invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Player finalists along with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band musicians will be announced nationwide throughout the fall, with the Selection Tour ending in early December.

For 16 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Patrick Peterson and Jamaal Charles made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans, and a total of seven U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni were drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 35,687 to the Alamodome.

North Carolina All-American Bowl nominees

Josh Brown, Mallard Creek High School, Charlotte

Divine Deablo, Mount Tabor High School, Winston-Salem

Clifton Duck, Butler High School, Matthews

B.J. Emmons, Freedom High School, Morganton

C.J. Freeman, Northern Guilford High School, Greensboro

Keion Joyner, Havelock High School, Havelock

Austin Kendall, Cuthbertson High School, Waxhaw

Dexter Lawrence, Rolesville High School, Wake Forest

Benjamin LeMay, Butler High School, Matthews

Moe Neal, Forestview High School, Gastonia

Julian Okwara, Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte

Marquill Osborne, Hough High School, Cornelius

Diondre Overton, Page High School, Greensboro

Sean Pollard, Southern Pines High School, Southern Pines

Cornell Powell, Rose High School, Greenville

Robert Washington, Southlake Christian Academy, Huntersville

Antonio Williams, North Stanly High School, New London

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