POSTED: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 2:43pm
WHARTON, N.J. — – Seventeen of Louisiana’s top senior football players have been nominated to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Those nominated will have the chance to showcase their talents on Saturday, January 5, 2013, in the annual East vs. West match-up, televised live on NBC at 1:00 PM EST.
“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides the national platform for young athletes and musicians to showcase their talent and strength,” said Bruce Jasurda, Chief Marketing Officer, U.S. Army. “This nomination recognizes the mental, emotional and physical strengths, and leadership qualities, these athletes possess both on and off the field; qualities they share with Army Strong Soldiers. The Army congratulates all of the athletes on their nomination.”
A list of the nominees can be accessed at: www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com/nominations/intro_welcome.php . Below are the 17 Louisiana nominees.
Athlete Last Name Athlete First Name Position High School Name High School City
Beckwith Kendall ATH East Feliiciana Clinton
Brazil Jeryl ATH Loranger High School Loranger
Cutrer Jeremy DB Jewel Sumner High School Kentwood
Diarse John WR Neville High School Monroe
Dixon Tre'vell ATH West St. Mary School Baldwin
Dobard Standish TE Edna Karr High School New Orleans
Ellis Noel DB Edna Karr High School New Orleans
Falkins Raheem WR G.W. Carver High School New Orleans
Jefferson Rickey WR Destrehan High School Destrehan
Jones Melvin LB Washington-Marion High School Lake Charles
Lewis Ronald WR West Jefferson High School Harvey
Robinson Christopher DL Woodlawn Learning Academy Shreveport
Santa Marina Kenneth OL McDonogh #35 Senior High School New Orleans
Smith DeSean TE Barbe High School Lake Charles
White Tre'Davious ATH Green Oaks High School Shreveport
Williams Tim DL University Laboratory School Baton Rouge
Wilson Jetavious WR Bastrop High School Bastrop
The athletes were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games’ network of regional coaches throughout the country and Rivals.com. Of the 400 nominees, 90 will ultimately be selected and invited to the Bowl. The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Final player selections along with All-American Marching Band musicians will be announced nationwide throughout the fall, with the Selection Tour ending in early December.
For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Marcus Lattimore all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of more than 39,000 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. The U.S. Army is the title sponsor of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and American Family Insurance is the lead national sponsor and presenting sponsor of the telecast on NBC. Other national sponsors include adidas, Rivals.com, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gatorade, SKLZ, NCSA, Battle Sports Science, Oakley, NewTek and Football University. National sponsors of the All-American Marching Band include NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, Drum Corps International, Jupiter Band Instruments and DeMoulin Uniforms.
For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com  and www.goarmy.com/events/aab  or the official Facebook and Twitter pages located at http://www.facebook.com/USArmyAllAmericanBowl  and www.twitter.com/armyallamerican .