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September 8, 2004

Two added to Army All-American Game

The list of U.S. Army All-Americans has climbed by two more.

Collins, Miss., four-star offensive center Josh McNeil and Avon Lake, Ohio, three-star receiver Trey Stross were named to the U.S. Army All-America Bowl today at news conferences at their high schools.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This classic east vs. west match-up will be televised live on NBC at noon cst and will feature the best 78 high school football student-athletes in the country.

“It is a great pleasure to have these fine young men selected to represent their schools and communities as a U.S. Army All-American,” said Colonel Thomas Nickerson, Director of Strategic Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. “They both have proven themselves to be superior athletes, and I know they will add an exciting dimension to January’s game.

“Our slogan, ‘An Army of One,’ recognizes the value of individual talents toward achieving team goals, and his talents make them both a strong addition to this All-American team. This game will highlight their skills for a national audience, and the Army is pleased to provide this opportunity to them and all the U.S. Army All-Americans.”

McNeil, who is 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, is one of the most heavily recruited offensive linemen in the nation. A four-star prospect and a Rivals100 selection, McNeil is looking hard at Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Vanderbilt. He has an official visit set for Florida on the weekend of October 1.

"Josh is just a real joy to coach,” Collins coach Bruce Merchant said. “He is a tremendous athlete, and is truly the leader of the football team. He is just a player. He is what I call a finisher. When he starts something, he finishes it. You never have to tell Josh to play until the whistle blows."

Stross, who is 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, is already committed to Iowa and is considered one of the top receivers in the Midwest. A three-star selection and the No. 17 overall player in Ohio according to Rivals.com, Stross picked the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland and Purdue.

As U.S. Army All-Americans McNeil and Stross also have the potential to be named a finalist for the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year Award honoring the nation’s best prep football player at the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner on January 14, 2005 in San Antonio.

The Ken “The Sugarland Express” Hall Trophy, is the equivalent of the high school Heisman Trophy and is named after record setting running back Ken Hall of Sugarland, Texas.

Name Position City State School Committed
Martellus Bennett TE Alief (Texas) Taylor Miami
Jamaal Charles RB Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial Texas
Dajleon Farr TE Galena Park (Texas) Northshore  
James McKinney DT Louisville (Ky.) Central  
Josh McNeil OL Collins, Miss  
J.B. Paxson DE Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove  
Derek Pegues CB Batesville (Miss.) South Panola  
Trey Stross WR Avon Lake, Ohio Iowa
Reginald Youngblood OL Houston Booker T. Washington  

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