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