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May 21, 2009

Arkansas Has Strong Showing Among The Nationís Top 400

U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL RELEASES NOMINATION LIST

Arkansas Has Strong Showing Among The Nation's Top 400 Senior Prep Athletes Named
2010 Game Marks a Decade of Athletic Excellence and Strength in Leadership

WHARTON, N.J. (May 4, 2009) - Over 400 of the nation's top prep athletes have been nominated for consideration to play in the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Featuring the nation's top prep football stars, the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at 1:00 PM (ET) in San Antonio's Alamodome and broadcast live on NBC. Throughout the past decade, this premier all-star game has featured the nation's most elite football players, providing a launching pad for college and NFL stars such as Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Tim Tebow and Terrelle Pryor.

For a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has produced memorable moments for numerous players as they take the national stage for the first time. This year, eight players who took the field as U.S. Army All-Americans were drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft with 21 players overall being drafted. With a deep talent pool of 400 nominees to choose from, 90 athletes will ultimately be selected to continue this proud tradition.

Below, please find the nominees from you area who will be vying for inclusion as part of this year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl:

Josh Hale TE Fayetteville

Byran Jones DL Junction

Michael Dyer RB Little Rock Christian High School

Jonathan Frazier WR Pine Bluff High School

Dakota Mosley TE Little Rock Christian High School

Claude Johnson QB Pine Bluff High School

Houston Pruitt DB Har-Ber High School

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides senior athletes a national platform to display their talents and strengths against America's best. An athlete's nomination makes him one of 400 being considered for final selection to play in this classic East vs. West match-up.

"For 10 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has provided the national platform for young adults to reflect the strength of Army Strong Soldiers," said Colonel David Lee, Director of Marketing, US Army Accessions command. "The nomination is great recognition of the leadership qualities a nominee has developed on and off the field as a student-athlete in his community. The Army is proud to be a partner of the game and congratulates all of the nominees on their selection."

The 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of more than 32,000 to the Alamodome on Jan.3, garnering a 1.7 U.S. household rating on NBC. The Bowl was the highest-rated sports event of the weekend other than the NFL Playoff games.The next step for these nominees will kick off in October, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins and runs through December, during which the 90 final players will be announced.

For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com & www.goarmy.com. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned by SportsLink, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. Other national sponsors of the All-American Bowl include Russell Athletic, San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, Choice Hotels, Maxwell Football Club, BeRecruited.com, Rivals.com, Schutt Sports, Deloitte, Gatorade, EAS, Athletic Republic, NCSA, and Football University.

The U.S. Army Accessions Command, headquartered at Ft. Monroe, Va., is charged with providing integrated command and control of the recruiting and initial military training for the Army's officer, warrant officer, and enlisted forces. Designed to meet the human resource needs of the Army from first handshake to first unit of assignment, the command transforms volunteers into Soldiers and leaders for the Army.


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