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Josh Walker of the Gilmer Buckeyes has become only the fourth Gilmer football player ever to receive a nomination to the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Previous nominees have been Curtis Brown, David Snow and Justin Johnson. All three were also selected to play in the game.
Walker, an incoming senior outside linebacker and running back for the Buckeyes, has already given a verbal commitment to play for the Texas A&M Aggies.
SCOUTING & SELECTION
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee is comprised of All American Games, 247 Sports, and its regional coaching network. Every high school football senior is eligible for selection. The selection process kicks off at the U.S. Army National Combine and proceeds across the country during various combines, camps, and clinics. From millions of high school football players, the Selection Committee evaluates thousands of the Nation’s top prospects on an annual basis. Following the evaluation period, the Selection Committee officially nominates the Nation’s top 400 seniors to be considered for selection to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. From the nominees, players are selected and invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The Selection Committee reserves the right to select players who were not nominated in the spring, if they are having an outstanding senior season. U.S. Army All-Americans must be in good standing with their schools and communities in order to be considered for selection.
The final rosters will be announced in late fall.
The Nation's Premier High School Football All-Star Game
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the Alamodome and Live on NBC!
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation’s premier high school football game, featuring the best 90 players in a classic East vs. West match-up every January in San Antonio’s Alamodome and broadcast live on NBC. Last year’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl marked the 13th anniversary of the game and drew a record crowd of 40,133. The next Bowl game will take place on January 4, 2014 at 1pm ET. Building upon the extraordinary players and incredible moments featured during each of the previous U.S. Army All-American Bowls, this year’s Bowl promises to provide the thousands in attendance, and millions more watching on NBC, an unforgettable look at the future of college and professional football.
The history and tradition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is unparalleled, highlighted by Heisman Trophy winners and NFL MVP winners, and more than 200 NFL players counted among its alumni. Throughout the years, the game has featured the nation’s most elite football players, providing a launching pad for college and NFL stars such as: Andrew Luck (2008), Adrian Peterson (2004), Tim Tebow (2006), Eric Berry (2006), Patrick Peterson (2008), and Sharrif Floyd (2010).
Joining the players in being honored as All-Americans and performing in the Alamodome will be the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, comprising of 125 of the nation’s finest young marching band muscians who will perform during halftime.
The All-American Bowl excitement gets started every fall when each U.S. Army All-American player and marching band member is honored during a pep rally at their school in front of army representatives, classmates, teammates, family members, school administrators and media. The U.S. Army All-American Selection Tour touches more than 1.5 million students, athletes, coaches and families throughout the 10-week tour.
Selection as a U.S. Army All-American is an important and prestigious honor for these athletes and musicians. Only the strongest are chosen to wear the Army colors, and these young men and women truly embody the characteristics of the Army Strong Soldier – demonstrating Strength through Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage on a daily basis. Activities throughout Bowl Week help connect these All-American athletes and musicians with Army Soldier Heroes from around the country and provide better understanding of what it takes and what it means to be an Army Strong Soldier and an All-American.