(WHARTON, N.J.) Sept. 28, 2012 – Jaylon Smith of Bishop Luers High School, Fort Wayne, Ind., has been selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. Smith is currently rated as the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, making him a five-star prospect.
Smith has made a non-binding verbal commitment to sign with Notre Dame on National Letter of Intent Day.
Scout Eval - "Rare athlete with excellent change of direction, speed and fluidity. Excels in space and can cover like a defensive back, but also does a great job as a speed rusher off the edge. Still has to get stronger and do a better job of taking on and shedding blocks. However, his combination of length and athleticism makes him a top end prospect and one that can play multiple roles within a defense." - Allen Trieu
“Jaylon is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at Randolph High School,” said John Myers, Director of Marketing, Army Marketing and Research Group. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and Jaylon possesses mental, emotional and physical strengths similar to the Army Strong Soldier, that have afforded him that honor. We are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”
Smith was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee.
U.S. Army All-Americans are eligible for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, the Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year Award, the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award, the Pete Dawkins Game MVP Award, and the Felix “Doc” Blanchard and Glenn Davis Awards.
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. Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, and Marcus Lattimore all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 39,011 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.
Greg Powers is a National Recruiting Analyst and responsible for the Midlands region. He has covered the National Championship, Big 12 Championship, U.S. Army Bowl, Under Armour Bowl and the International Bowl. He has appeared on FOX College Sports, FOX Sports Southwest and the NFL Network.
--Originally Published by Greg Powers--