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5 nominated for Army’s all-star game
Mecklenburg standouts invited to bowl combine
Published Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:04 am
by Herbert L. White

Five of Mecklenburg County’s top high school football players will audition for the Army All-American Bowl.
Berry Academy football standout Germone Hopper is one of five Mecklenburg County players nominated for the Army All-American Bowl.

Offensive linemen Nick Davidson (Ardrey Kell) and D.J. Humphries (Mallard Creek) lead the Charlotte contingent invited to the combine for 440 players nominated for the Jan. 7, 2012 game at San Antonio, Texas. The East vs. West all-star game will be televised live by NBC.

Berry Academy standouts Germone Hopper (athlete) and Nick Dawson (linebacker) were nominated, along with athlete Jarri McCoy-Williams of Independence. Twelve N.C. players were nominated for the combine by the All-American Bowl selection committee of coaches across the U.S. and Rivals.com, a college athletics website.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides the national platform for young adults to showcase their talent and strength,” said Col. Derik Crotts, director of marketing and outreach for Army Accessions command. “This nomination recognizes the mental, emotional and physical strengths and leadership qualities these athletes have developed on and off the field.”

The All-American Bowl, launched in 2001, is one of the country’s top high school all-star games. Previous Mecklenburg participants include Chris Leak (Independence, Florida) and Robert Blanton (Butler High, Notre Dame) as well as NFL stars Ndamukong Suh, Mark Sanchez and Adrian Peterson.


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