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November 26, 2008

Top prospects get set for all-star season

MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour | Rosters | Announcement Tour Gallery

Bowl season isn't just limited to college football.

Many of the nation's top high school football prospects will play in a collection of all-star games in December and January. Rivals.com's analysts will be on hand at these games, including the granddaddy of them all the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

The coverage kicks off Sunday, Dec. 7 with the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile, Ala. It then continues with in-depth reports starting on Dec. 13 from the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and then Dec. 17 from The Crab Bowl. The Shrine Game features the top players in North Carolina and South Carolina, while the inaugural Crab Bowl showcases the top players in Maryland.

Rivals.com also will be at the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, with reports starting Dec. 29. The Under Armor Game will be played at 8 p.m. on Jan. 4.

Things really get heated up with coverage of the Army Game. Rivals.com's reporters begin coverage Dec. 28, when the players arrive for the game. It'll continue through Jan. 3, when the game kicks off at 1 p.m. NBC will broadcast the game live from San Antonio's Alamodome.

Many of the nation's best have already been announced as being part of the Army Game. This includes three of the country's top prospects: wide receiver Rueben Randle, running back Bryce Brown and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. Among the other top-20 players who will participate are Patrick Hall, Morgan Moses, Jamarkus McFarland, Vontaze Burfict, Donte Moss, Dre Kirkpatrick, Cierre Wood and D.J. Fluker.

While almost the entire roster has been revealed so far, there are a handful of players who will receive their official Army jerseys in presentations over the next two weeks.

More Army announcements highlight busy week

The Army selection tour went into overdrive last week with a big sweep through Texas and some stops in the Northeast. The trip to the Lone Star State included announcements for Texas commitments Chris Whaley, Garrett Porter, Marcus Davis and Greg Timmons.

ALL-STAR SEASON
Here is a look at some of the postseason all-star events Rivals.com will have full coverage of in the coming weeks:
GameLocationDate
Ala.-Miss. All-Star ClassicMobile, Ala.Dec. 13
Shrine Bowl of the CarolinasSpartanburg, S.C.Dec. 20
Maryland Crab BowlTowson, Md.Dec. 20
U.S. Army All-American BowlSan AntonioJan. 3
Under Armour All-America GameOrlando, Fla.Jan. 4
While most Army announcements are made at high schools, Davis' event was held at a church last Friday to accommodate numerous relatives and close friends. Davis knows the company he is in, as numerous college and NFL stars have participated in the game.

"Being an All-American is an honor to me as I look at all the other players who have played in this game before me, such as Vince Young, Reggie Bush and Tim Tebow," Davis said. "I'm honored to be among only the top 90 high school players across the country that are invited to participate in the game. But, most of all, I'm honored to be associated with the men and women of the U.S. Army who serve our country every single day."

Joshua Adams of Cheshire (Conn.) Academy was one of the players honored this past week in the Northeast.

"Everyone thinks New England football isn't very good compared to other areas, but I want to show them they're wrong," he said. "I've played in Massachusetts and now in Connecticut and I want to have a good showing down in San Antonio to prove that we can play ball up here."



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