Most of the best high school football players in the nation will participate in the ninth annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl at noon on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be televised on NBC, Ch. 5 in Chicago.
With all due respect to the UnderArmour all-star game that was played last week, an overwhelming majority of talent will be on display in the U.S. Army game. The top four players in the nation are in San Antonio. And five Chicago area products will participate.
In pregame workouts, Proviso West wide receiver Kyle Prater is looking very good. He will move into the top 20 in the nation, the second best wide receiver behind Robert Woods of Gardena, Calif. Both are committed to USC.
Johnsburg's C.J. Fiedorowicz is proving to one and all that he is the best tight end in the nation. And Fremd's Christian Lombard is the second best offensive lineman on the field, behind only 6-8, 350-pound Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul, Minn., who is a lock as the No. 1 player in the country.
Henderson is drawing raves from other players who hadn't seen him before this week. Henderson said he will wait until the February signing date to make his college decision--either Ohio State, USC, Florida, Notre Dame, Iowa, Minnesota or Oklahoma. He said he has no favorite at this time.
Look for great matchups--Henderson vs. defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat of Plano, Texas; Lache Seastrunk of Temple, Texas, vs. Marcus Lattimore of Duncan, S.C., in a duel of the nation's two leading running backs; Woods vs. Prater; and Lombard vs. defensive tackle Ronald Powell of Moreno Valley, Calif.
Also keep an eye on Dillon Baxter, a running back from San Diego, Calif., who is headed for USC. Another player to watch is defensive back Sean Parker of Harbor City, Calif. Almost all of the top players in California will play in the U.S. Army game.
One player who will miss the game due to injury is linebacker/running back Anthony Barr of Los Angeles, Calif., who is rated as the No. 7 player in the nation. New Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly visited him on Wednesday. He will choose either Notre Dame or UCLA. His father played at Notre Dame.
Several players will announce their commitments during the game. Maybe the best of all will be Sharrif Floyd of Philadelphia, Pa., who as emerged as the best defensive tackle in the nation. He likely will pick Florida, North Carolina or Penn State.
The other Chicago area products in the game are defensive lineman Chance Carter of Loyola and defensive back Corey Cooper of Proviso East.