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2013 Eastbay All American Game

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Congratulations to all of our Grassroots Eastbay Youth All Americans!

For the past three years, the nation’s top 7th and 8th graders have joined in the activities of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to compete in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. The 9th Grade International Game featuring the Team USA U-15 game was played this year.

The Eastbay Youth All American Bowl already has become the most important youth football all-star event in the country, and it was recently the focus of the nationally-syndicated sports show, “Sports Stars of Tomorrow.” Many of the top players in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl have already received college interest and national attention from media outlets such as USA Today, Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, the Seattle Times and the Los Angeles Times.

We had a number Grassroots Alums participate in the 2013 Games.  In the 7th Grade game, QB Dujuan Ellis of the Westlake Bulldogs was selected to play in the game but chose to stick with his 7th Grade Team Maryland All Star team and led them to the National Championship.

8th Grade RB Anthony McFarland, the speedster from White Oak was selected to play in the 8th Grade game, but was unable to attend.  8th Grade OL/DL Camaron Spence from the Arundel Admirals was dominant in the 8th Grade game.

In the 9th Grade (15 U) game we had 3 alums who were dominant in the game.  Steven Smothers (Franklin HS) was fantastic from his WR position.  RB Lorenzo "Lo Lo" Harrison (DeMatha) was electrifying on the ground, while DE and Eastbay Player of the Year Shane Simmons wrecked havoc on the offense throughout the game.

To view the Superstars of Tomorrow Video of the Eastbay Weekend, CLICK HERE!!!!

Some notable former Eastbay Youth All-Americans include Christian McCaffrey, son of former Denver Bronco Ed McCaffrey; Ray Lewis, Jr., son of the NFL’s Ray Lewis; 2013 Rivals top recruit Tyrone Swoopes, and the record breaking rushing performance by 2014 running back Sony Michel.

In January 2012, the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl consisted of four games: an East vs. West 7th grade game; East vs. West 8th grade game; East vs. West no-weight limit 8th grade game; and the USA vs. Canada Bowl. The games are played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, the same field that the U.S. Army All-Americans play on one day before. The Youth Bowls are webcasted live on www.footballuniversity.org and www.allamericangames.tv.

Prior to gameday, the Eastbay Youth All-Americans' week consists of practices, a skills competition, and break-out sessions with Hall of Famers, as well as current and former NFL stars and celebrities such as legendary high school football coach Herman Boone. The Youth All-Americans also join the high school U.S. Army All-Americans for the Kickoff Party and are honored during the playing of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Several thousand youth all-stars are nominated each year for this elite honor. Athletes have to fill out a nomination form and submit a highlight tape on Eastbay.com. The selection committee, which consists of Football University’s regional directors and scouts, work year-round with hundreds of local youth football coaches and commissioners who help identify top athletes. To learn more about how to nominate an athlete go to http://www.eastbay.com/eastbayyouthallamericanbowl/.

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