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Youth1 alumni shine at U.S. Army All-American Bowl 2017

Over the last four years Youth1 has discovered countless youth football players who make an impact on a local regional and national level. Now, many of them are continuing their dominance on the high school stage. A handful of former Elite 101 and Freshman 450 selections played in the most recent US Army All American Bowl.

This is an annual bowl game that showcases the top elite talented recruits from across the nation where they face off at the Alamodome. Many now NFL stars such as Jamal Charles, Odell Beckham Jr. Andrew Luck, Ezekiel Elliott, Patrick Peterson, etc. have all got their start by playing this bowl game. Top elite players worldwide are divided into two teams off 99 where they face off against the top competition in the country.

The selection process of this game starts off with the U.S. Army National Combine during varies of combines, camp, interviews and clinics across the nation, where the committee evaluates and narrows down the talent pool with the help of 247Sports. After the evaluation period, the selection committee vote for 400 high school seniors to be considered for the annual bowl game. These athletes listed below were at one point featured in Youth1 Media and are now off to play at the top football programs across the nation.

DJ Matthews – WR- East Team

Matthews has good size and great speed. He knows how to use his speed to beat defenders. He caught a long touchdown pass from Jake Fromm. He is committed to Florida State University.

Jake Fromm – QB – East Team

Fromm is a pro-style quarterback who has a good arm. A patient and smart player who waits for plays to open before throwing the ball. He threw a long touchdown pass to DJ Matthews. He threw for 89 yards and had 1 touchdown. He is committed to Georgia.

Tate Martell – QB – West Team

Martell is a scrambling, shifty, quarterback who knows how to use his feet to gain extra yards. Scored a rushing touchdown. He is committed to Ohio State.

Cam Akers - RB – East Team

Akers is a former quarterback. He is a smart football player who has the ability to read defenses. He had 38 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. He is a shifty type back who has great hands and moves well in space. He is an all-around back who can do it all at the running back position. He is committed to Florida State University 

Najee Harris – RB – West Team

Harris is a bruiser type running back, who is a great runner. Ranked #1 prospect in the nation. He finished the game with 22 rushing yards. He is committed to Alabama.

Foster Sarell – OL – West Team

Sarrell is ranked #1 at his position. He is a great run blocker, who helped quarterback Tate Martell scramble for an 18-yard touchdown. He is committed to Stanford University 

Jacob Phillips -ILB – East Team

Phillips is a smart player, great tackler, and great speed. He tied for the lead in tackles for the east with 5 tackles. He is committed to Oklahoma.

Baron Browning – LB – West Team

Browning is a great tackler, who has good coverage skills and has good speed. He finished the bowl game with 4 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. He is committed to Ohio State.

Jaelan Phillips - DE – West Team

Phillips has a great motor, who was all over the field. He lead the west in tackles with 5 tackles. He is committed to UCLA.

Bubba Bolden – S – West Team

He is a physical safety who has great athleticism. Blocked a field goal returned it for a touchdown. He is committed to USC.

Other notable players include: Tua Tagovaloa, Jeffrey Okudah, Wyatt Davis, Devon Hunter, Dylan McCaffrey, Darnay Holmes, D'andre Swift, Hamsah Nasirildeen and Jordan-Swilling

Final score: East 27-17 West 

MVP: Quarterback Hunter Johnson. He has a great arm and accurate. He set up for the first touchdown of the game with a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Hunter Ruggs. 


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