Several of the nation's top 10 football prospects have decided to play in the ninth annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The game, which takes places on Jan. 3, 2009 in San Antonio's Alamodome, is considered the nation's preeminent high school football game. The game is a launching pad for the nation's best and brightest football stars. Former MVPs and stars of the game include Vince Young, Adrian Peterson and Terrelle Pryor.
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The list of players who have accepted the invitation includes defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland of Lufkin, Texas, defensive end Devon Kennard of Chandler, Ariz., running back Cierre Wood of Oxnard, Calif., wide receiver Rueben Randle of Bastrop, La., running back Bryce Brown of Wichita, Kan., defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel of Tallahassee, Fla., and defensive lineman William Campbell of Detroit.
Lineman Chris Burnette of LaGrange, Ga., is another top-ranked player who will be participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"The game has been going on for almost a decade now and it is the most prestigious game out there like this," Burnette explained. "It will have the best players in the nation there and those things helped me gravitate towards this (game) over the other one."
Another issue also played into the decision for Burnette.
"Playing in this game would give me a chance to show my gratitude towards those in the Army that are risking their lives for us every day. That is another reason why I chose this game."
More than 36,000 people attended the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and more than 2 million people viewed the game on NBC, more than twice the audience of the next largest game.
During the week of preparation for the game, the participants are treated to several once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including meeting "buddies" from the U.S. Army who have served the country in Iraq and Afghanistan, spending time with children of need at the Warm Springs hospital, and showcasing their athletic talents in front of a national television audience prior to the NFL playoff game on NBC.