Your guide to the high school football All-American games

Your guide to the high school football All-American games


Your guide to the high school football All-American games


Under Armour All-America Game

When: Jan. 2, Noon ET

Where: Citrus Bowl, Orlando

National TV: ESPN2

Need to know: This is the ninth annual game and 102 players have been selected. Herm Edwards will coach Team Highlight and Steve Mariucci will coach Team Armour. NFL Pro Bowl receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Green were among the players in the inaugural game. Jameis Winston (2012) and Jadeveon Clowney (2011) are No. 1 overall draft picks to have played in the game.

Who to watch: Ten of the top 12 players in the ESPN 300 have been selected for the game, led by No. 1 overall player Rashan Gary, Ole Miss commit offensive tackle Greg Little (No. 2), Houston defensive tackle commit Ed Oliver (No. 4) and offensive tackle Willie Allen (No. 5).

RELATED: Meet the Under Armour All-Americans

No. 3 overall player Nick Bosa, a defensive lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) was selected but is injured. Florida State commit Malik Henry and Maryland commit Dwayne Haskins Jr. are the highest-rated quarterbacks in the game. Top-ranked running back Kareem Walker, who committed to Michigan, and No. 1 wide receiver Kyle Davis, who is committed to Auburn, also have been selected.

Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

When: Jan. 3, 9 p.m. ET

Where: StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.

National TV: Fox Sports 1

Need to know: Sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, the event is in its fifth year. Players are selected based on “their performances on the field as well as their commitment to leadership, maintaining a high level of character, and serving their team and community with honor, courage and commitment,” according to organizers. Kevin Crosby of Camberg-Erhardt High in Bamberg, S.C., and Steve Belles of Hamilton High in Chandler, Ariz., are the coaches.

Who to watch: Perhaps the biggest names are the quarterbacks: Michigan State commit Messiah deWeaver, who led Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio) to a state final, and Oklahoma commit Austin Kendall, from Cuthbertson in Waxhaw, N.C. The game features a number of highly coveted wide receivers, including Clemson commit Tavares “T.J.” Chase, Southern Cal commit Josh Imatorbhebhe and Michigan commit Brad Hawkins. If you are a Penn State fan, the game features six Nittany Lions commits: cornerback Zechariah McPhearson, guard Will Fries, outside linebackers Joel Dublanko and Cameron Brown and tight end Danny Dalton. Two Notre Dame commits – defensive end Khalid Kareem and inside linebacker Jamir Jones – are all taking part.

U.S. Army All-American Game

When: Jan. 9, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Alamodome, San Antonio

National TV: NBC

Need to know: This is the 17th edition of the Army Bowl and five alums were drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Odell Beckham Jr., Jamaal Charles and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry all played in past games.

Who to watch: It’s hard not to start with the quarterbacks in this game: For the West, American Family Insurance ALL-USA Offensive Player of the Year and Gatorade National Player of the Year Jacob Eason, Florida commit Feleipe Franks and Louisville commit Jawon Pass. For the West, it’s Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson, USC commit K.J. Costello and Michigan commit Brandon Peters.

RELATED: Meet the Army All-Americans

They will be pursued by some of the nation’s top pass rushers, including Derrick Brown, Dexter Lawrence, Julian Rochester and Jeffery Simmons for the East; and Raekwon Davis, Xavier Kelly, Josh King and Justin Madubuike for the West.

Polynesian All-American Bowl

When: Jan. 9, 4 p.m. ET

Where: Oceanside High School, Oceanside, Calif.

National TV: None

Need to know: The event is put on by the AIGA Foundation, which was founded 18 years ago. The word aiga means “family” in the Samoan language and stands for “All Islanders Getting Along” as an acronym. The organization says the goal is to bring all Polynesians and Pacific Islanders together to celebrate unity and excellence. The game is played at the alma mater of Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau and many former players of Polynesian and Pacific Island descent serve as coaches and speakers.

Who to watch: Among the invited players is St. Augustine (San Diego) middle linebacker Quinn Seau, Junior’s nephew. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) teammates Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa are among the most well-known players expected. Michael Eletise, who is playing in the Under Armour All-America Game, also has been selected. Because the game is played the same day as the Army Bowl, some invited players are not expected to make the trip such as linebacker Mique Juarez and wide receivers Simi Fehoko and Dylan Crawford.

Blue-Grey All-American Games

When: Jan. 9 and Jan. 16

Where: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Jan. 9; Everbank Field in Jacksonville on Jan. 16.

National TV: Games will be live streamed on

Need to know: Blue-Grey plays a series of three games involving different rosters of players. The East beat the West, 21-14, on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Zach Farrar caught the eventual game-winning touchdown on a 57-yard pass from Paten Snell early in the fourth quarter. In Tampa, the North will face the South; in Jacksonville, the Blue will face the Grey. The Jacksonville game was added this year. Players are selected via a process through Blue-Grey camps and combines and are evaluated by former NFL players who also serve as coaches in the game.

Who to watch: In Tampa, Stanford defensive line commit Bo Peek, all-purpose back Tyrek Tisdale, West Virginia defensive line commit Reese Donahue, Oregon State running back commit Artavis Pierce are among the names to notice. In Jacksonville, Florida wide receiver commit Rick Wells, Miami linebacker commit Michael Pickney, Georgia Tech offensive lineman commit Jordan Johnson, Auburn defensive line commit Daquan Newkirk and quarterback Augie DeBiase, who is being pursued by Virginia Tech, are among the expected standouts.


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