Bastrop wide receiver Jay Wilson is among 17 Louisiana seniors-to-be who have been nominated to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Televised by NBC, the 2013 version of the annual East-West game will be played on Jan. 5, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Players were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which includes coaches from throughout the nation and Rivals.com. Of the 400 nominees, 90 will ultimately be chosen and invited to the bowl game.
Along with football players, elite band members go through the selection process to perform at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides the national platform for young athletes and musicians to showcase their talent and strength,” said Bruce Jasurda, chief marketing officer for the U.S. Army. “The nomination recognizes the mental, emotional and physical strengths, and leadership qualities these athletes possess both on and off the field; qualities they share with Army Strong Soliders. The Army congratulates all of the athletes on their nomination.”
An honorable mention Class 4A All-State selection, Wilson led the Rams in receiving with 69 receptions for 872 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. As a sophomore, he caught 54 passes for 873 stripes and 14 scores.
Other Louisiana nominees for the game include East Feliciana athlete Kendall Beckwith, Loranger athlete Jeryl Brazil, Jewel Sumner defensive back Jeremy Cutrer, Neville quarterback/wide receiver John Diarse, West St. Mary athlete Tre'vell Dixon, Edna Karr tight end Standish Dobard, Carver wide receiver Raheem Falkins, Destrehan wide receiver Rickey Jefferson, Washington-Marion linebacker Melvin Jones, West Jefferson wide receiver Ronald Lewis, Shreveport Woodlawn defensive lineman Christopher Robinson, McDonogh #35 offensive lineman Kenneth Santa Marina, Barbe tight end DeSean Smith, Green Oaks athlete Tre'Davious White and University Lab defensive lineman Tim Williams.
Former Bastrop and LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle, who was selected by the New York Giants in the second round of the recent NFL draft, played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Among the other notable past participants in the game are quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow and running backs Adrian Peterson and Marcus Lattimore.