ESPN to Televise Third Annual Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Tropicana Field on Jan. 2
Platinum Recording Artist Young Jeezy to Perform Live at Halftime
Practice Covered on ESPNU Dec. 30 –31; Skills Challenge on ESPN2 Jan. 1
The third annual Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, organized by ESPN and Intersport, will be played on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. The annual all-star competition, featuring 89 of the top high school football seniors in the nation, will air on ESPN at 11 a.m. ET. The telecast will also be available in high definition on ESPN HD and on ESPN’s broadband sports network, ESPN360.com. Justin Kutcher (play-by-play announcer), Tom Luginbill (National Recruiting Director for ESPN Scouts, Inc.) and Quint Kessenich (sideline reporter) will call the action from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
ESPN’s telecast will also include a special halftime performance by CTE/Def Jam and double-platinum recording artist Young Jeezy.
In addition, several players are expected to announce their college decisions during the game: No. 9 Darius White, WR (Dunbar HS, Ft. Worth, Texas); No. 12 Chris Dunkley, WR (Pahokee HS, Pahokee, Fla.); No. 42 John Fulton, CB (Manning HS, Manning, S.C.); No. 93 Kenny Shaw, WR (Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.); and No. 120 Toney Hurd, Jr., CB (Thurgood Marshall HS, Missouri City, Texas). White is considering Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida and LSU; Dunkley – Georgia, Florida and Alabama; Fulton – Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and LSU; Shaw – Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina; Hurd – Oregon, California, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex will host the event’s practice sessions and the Burger King High School All-America Skills Challenge. The three-hour daily practice sessions will be televised on ESPNU Dec. 30 – Dec. 31, from 3-6 p.m., as part of a special edition of ESPNU Recruiting Insider. Lowell Galindo will host alongside ESPN Scouts, Inc. experts Luginbill, Craig Haubert and Bill Conly, who will provide analysis. The Burger King High School All-America Skills Challenge will take place Thursday, Dec. 31 and will air on ESPN2 Jan. 1 at 9 p.m. The Skills Challenge will consist of drill sequences by position for quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs, defensive backs, linebackers and offensive and defensive lineman. Kutcher will handle play-by-play with analysis from Luginbill and sideline reports from Galindo.
Of the 89 players selected by ESPN Scouts, Inc. to participate in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, 60 are ranked in the ESPNU 150 player rankings. Team Blur (white jersey) will include St. Thomas Aquinas School (Miami, Fla.) cornerback No. 5 Lamarcus Joyner; Treasure Coast’s (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) No. 6 Jeff Luc, ILB; No. 7 Michael Dyer, RB of Little Rock Christian (Little Rocky, Ark.); Tulsa Central’s (Tulsa, Okla.) No. 18 Demarco Cobbs, ATH; Booker T. Washington’s (Atlanta, Ga.); No. 24 Antonio Goodwin, ATH; No. 49 Corey Miller, DE of James Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.); and Bishop Carroll’s (Wichita, Kan.) No. 64 Blake Bell, QB. Team Nitro (black jersey) will feature No. 2 Jordan Hicks, OLB of Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio); No. 8 Jonathan Dowling, S of Southeast (Bradenton, Fla.); Dunbar Senior’s (Ft. Worth, Texas) No. 9 Darius White, WR; No. 11 Demar Dorsey, S of Boyd Anderson ( Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.); John H. Guyer’s (Denton, Texas) No. 14 Taylor Bible, DT; No. 17 Mack Brown, RB of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Lithonia, Ga.); and No. 21 Storm Johnson, RB of Loganville HS (Loganville, Ga.). Florida leads with the most players (19), followed by Texas (15), Georgia (13), California (7) and Virginia, South Carolina and Alabama with four. There will be 26 states represented in the game. Complete rosters for Team Blur and Team Nitro.
Former NFL head coaches Ted Marchibroda and Sam Wyche will serve as the head coaches. Marchibroda will coach of Team Blur, while Wyche will coach Team Nitro. Both coaching staffs, selected by ESPN Scouts, Inc., will consist of former NFL coaches acting as offensive and defensive coordinators, with support from 19 high school coaches who have players participating in the game.
Tickets for the game are available for $10 through www.Ticketmaster.com.
About the Game
The Under Armour High School All-America Football Game, an annual all-star football competition spotlighting the nation’s top high school seniors, debuted on Jan. 5, 2008, at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Organized in conjunction with Intersport, a leading sports and entertainment media and marketing company with over 20 years experience, the event will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Some notable alumni of the game include USC’s Matt Barkley, Georgia’s A.J. Green and Alabama’s Julio Jones.
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