Larry Blustein

FRIDAY FOCUS: Army All-American Game Is The Original

Larry Blustein
January 04, 2019 - 9:17 am

Any national post season high school all-star football game that his held these days – or that hasd ever been hosted – owes it all to the original.

At a time when very few people were standing up for high school football prospects and the coaches – nationally who taught them everything, the Army All American Game in San Antonio became that place.

Because a group of people had the vision for recruiting and how it had become the direct pipeline to colleges, who made millions and millions of dollars in revenue from having competitive programs, this is a showcase that has indeed grown.

As yet another edition of the Army All-American game will unfold on Saturday afternoon (1:00) as part of a nationally televised audience on NBC, it will once again showcase spotlight the elite talent that has benefitted from playing in this game.

Established in 2000, this is a game that has produced 380 NFL Draft picks, including 86 first round selections. Fifty two players who participated in this game took part in a Super Bowl contest. There have been two Heisman Trophy winners 

In just the past seven years, prospects such as Deon Bush (Miami), Stefon Diggs (Maryland), T.J. Yeldon (Alabama), Eli Apple (Oho State), Myles Jack (UCLA), Jalen Ramsey (FSU), Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss), Sony Michel (Georgia), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), Joe Mixon (Oklahoma), Sam Darnold (USC) and Dexter Lawrence (Clemson) have been just a few of the stars who began their successful careers in this game.

LOCAL STARS ALWAYS SHINE

When it comes to elite talent, the state of Florida – and most importantly south Florida has a say in many of these impressive all-star events.

When they kick things off on Saturday, this original game will feature some familiar faces who will take part.

Among those difference makers include Khris Bogle, a talented defensive end from 5A state champion Cardinal Gibbons, University of Miami signee Keontra Smith from two-time 3A state champion Chaminade-Madonna, Tiawan Mullen (Coconut Creek – Indiana signee), South Dade receiver Frank Ladson (Clemson) and coveted Southridge safety Tyrique Stevenson.

Both Stevenson and Bogle will be announcing live at the game. Stevenson has Georgia and the University of Miami – while Bogle has also been someone that has had interest from the Hurricanes and Alabama.

No matter what the outcome of this game will be – there will be 90 athletes who will be on campuses and getting an education and playing football!

Catch the South Florida High School Sports Radio Show each Tuesday night (8-9) on WQAM (560AM - https://wqam.radio.com/media/podcast/south-florida-high-school-sports-radio). For the past 11 years, the players and coaches who are making the headlines, join the program. You will learn a lot about football recruiting!