Justin Madubuike is one of the nation’s most sought after defensive end prospects, and the Texas native has no plan to leave his home state to continue his dominance in college; he’s a strong pledge to Texas A&M. As it turns out, he’ll be able to remain in state before then and still see how he grades out against the nation’s best while competing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
On Monday, Madubuike made it clear that he was honored just to be a part of the famous game, casting an eye at some impressive recent alums who are now making a name for themselves in the way that Madubuike hopes to soon.
“I’m kind of dumfounded. It’s just been very awesome,” Madubuike told USA TODAY High School Sports from the McKinney North stop on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance. “A lot of people came to support me. It reminds you of all the hard work, how it all came through and I’m very well blessed.”
The 6-3, 255-pounder is ranked as the No. 5 strong-side defensive end in the nation, the No. 10 player in Texas and the No. 67 player overall in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Madubuike said he expected his parents and possibly his siblings to be in attendance at the Alamodome. And while he was headed to an MRI exam shortly after speaking with USA TODAY High School Sports on Monday, he fully planned to participate in all Army All-American Bowl activities, particularly those on the field.
“Just meeting the other All-Americans, knowing that players like Derrick Henry played there, playing with those really good players will be fun,” Madubuike said. “I have a high motor and I keep on getting to the ball. It makes me stand out a little bit, and I hope it will there, too.”
He’ll get the chance to find out, sooner than he might even realize.