Based on the tremendous past success of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, the recent addition of a third game to the brand’s series made complete sense, and accordingly, Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field plans to play host to the game on Jan. 16.
In advance of the highly-anticipated upcoming showdown between the Blue vs. Grey, the nationwide Jersey Presentation Tour made a stop his past week out in the Sunshine State to recognize some of the country’s premier prospects in the Class of 2016.
Rest assured, there was no shortage of media coverage, thanks in part to the collective efforts from the fine folks with SMG Jacksonville and Jacksonville Sports Council, among others. Representatives from the City of Jacksonville made themselves available, too. Blue-Grey Football was received well, there’s no about that fact.
Local product Rick Wells from Raines (FL) was a well-known name in attendance at EverBank Field. Worth mentioning, the 6-foot-1 and 195-pound receiver, a Florida commit, was joined by prep circuit teammates Michael Pinckney and Augie DeBiase.
Pinckney, in particular, commanded the spotlight. The 6-1 and 215-pound linebacker, a Miami commit, had the attention of the camera crews that were assembled. Same thing can be said for DeBiase. The 6-2 and 215-pound quarterback is an ACC target.
Jordan Johnson from nearby Ed White (FL) turned heads as well. The 6-3 and 270-pound offensive lineman, a Georgia Tech commit, appeared comfortable on the big stage. It’s only a matter of time before he and his peers take the field in their hometown.
Also, rising recruits on the national scene Kee Whetzel from Countryside (FL) and Dontell Green from Admiral Farragut Academy (FL) took part in the afternoon’s festivities on behalf of the We Believe In Me Foundation, spearheaded by Brenda McCarthy.
Whetzel had little, or no, problems fitting in with his counterparts from Jacksonville. The 6-3 and 185-pound receiver is an ACC target, similar to DeBiase. Green is no slouch. Far from it, in fact. The 5-9 and 170-pound receiver is a Conference USA target.
Due to prior commitment, Daquan Newkirk from First Academy (FL) was unable to make an appearance. Nevertheless, the 6-3 and 255-pound defensive lineman, an Auburn commit, recently accepted his invite to play in the nationally televised game.
Two other Blue-Grey All-American Bowls will soon take place. The first encounter is between the East vs. West on Dec. 20 at Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium. Thereafter, it’s the North vs. South on Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium.
For the time being, the hype machine continues to generate a buzz for things on Jan. 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field. Given the support of the community, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the game emerge as the best of the bunch, in this, its first year.