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March 21, 2008

Top prospects commit to U.S. Army AA Bowl

Army 5-star gallery | Army AA All-Time Team: Offense | Defense | Army AA All-Time Top 10

Multiple sources have confirmed that six of Rivals.com's top 15 five-star rated recruits are already confirmed to play in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, with more confirmations of top players expected in the near future.

Tradition of Talent
NFL 1st round picks who have played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl:
Vince YoungTexas
Reggie BushUSC
Adrian PetersonOklahoma
Brady QuinnNotre Dame
Ted Ginn Jr.Ohio State
Leon HallMichigan
Kevin JonesVirginia Tech
Haloti NgataOregon
Marlin JacksonMichigan
Marcus SpearsLSU
Michael ClaytonLSU
Vernon DavisMaryland
Kamerion WimbleyFlorida State
Marcedes LewisUCLA
Antonio CromartieFlorida State
Zach MillerArizona State
Donte WhitnerOhio State
Levi BrownPenn State
Tommie HarrisOklahoma
Derrick JohnsonTexas
Greg OlsenMiami
The confirmed players are Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara running back Cierre Wood (ranked No. 3 overall by Rivals.com), Greenville (Fla.) Madison defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel (No. 5 overall), Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou linebacker Manti Te'o (No. 6 overall), Wichita (Kan.) East running back Bryce Brown (No. 9 overall), Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech defensive tackle William Campbell (No. 10 overall), and Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway linebacker Dorian Bell (No. 14 overall).

In its ninth year, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a classic East vs. West match-up featuring the nation's top high school football players from across the country. Past alumni include Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, Vince Young, and Tommie Harris.

The 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 36,534 to the Alamodome, besting the past year's attendance of 35,151. Additionally, the game garnered a 1.8 rating on NBC, up 21 percent from the 2007 game, and it was the highest-rated sports event of the weekend other than the NFL Playoff game.

Recently committed Ohio State Buckeye Terrelle Pryor was MVP of the 2008 game.

Pryor, Rivals.com's No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2008 class, was the unanimous choice for the game's most valuable player, with a game-high 79 yards rushing on 10 carries, to go along with 76 yards passing, giving him a total of a 155 yards of offense with two touchdowns.

The 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place January 3, 2009, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and will be televised nationally by NBC.

Army 5-star gallery | Army AA All-Time Team: Offense | Defense | Army AA All-Time Top 10

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