Since the announcement was made a few short months ago about the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl making a stop at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field on Jan. 16, the buzz has been undeniable.
At long last, the time has come for some of the nation’s premier prospects in the Class of 2016 to live up to the hype considering the showdown between Blue vs. Grey is mere days away from now.
NFL veteran Dick Bell is head coach of the Blue and his assistants include one-time professional peers Mark McMillian, Arlen Harris, Eric Curry, Troy Davis and NFL trainer extraordinaire Rodney Beasley.
In terms of the roster, there is no shortage of talent with UCLA commit Jalen Starks, Illinois commit Juwuane Parchman, Towson commit Christian Johnson and Pac-12 Conference target Ephraim Tuliloa.
North Dakota State commit Gabe Lloyd and Mountain West Conference target Brandon LaMarche figure to be reliable targets for Ohio Valley Conference targets such as John Larsen and Nate Embry.
Upfront, Illinois commit Devon Robinson, San Diego State commit Kevin Staton, Big 10 Conference targets Ostell Martin and Bryce Brown, also Big 12 Conference target Minsok Lee, will lead the way.
On the defensive side of the ball, Notre Dame commit Julian Love and Utah State commit Braxton Gunther are a couple difference-makers. So is Mid-American Conference target Jake Richardson.
NFL veteran Jeff Kopp is head coach for the Grey and fellow one-time Jaguars Greg Jones, Maurice Williams are assistants. Chuck Darby, Jerry Wunsch, Guss Scott and Gerard Ross round out the staff.
ACC target Augie DeBiase is a notable name on offense. Florida commit Rick Wells is as good an option as any. ACC target Kee Whetzel and Mid-American Conference target Dontell Green are others.
Wake Forest commit Jamauri Wakefield and Middle Tennessee commit Will Mitchell are a few of the many running backs in line for plenty of touches, also Southland Conference target Chase Smith.
It begins, and ends, with the offensive line and Notre Dame commit Parker Boudreaux anchors the unit. Colorado commit Hunter Vaughn and Duke commit Jaylen Miller are no slouches. Far from it.
Twin brothers and Minnesota commits Elijah Daniels and Elisha Daniels and Notre Dame commit Troy Pride will be worth watching on defense. Still, SEC target JaQuan Bailey could steal the whole show.
Complete rosters are available (follow this link for details). Worth mentioning, the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is set to be broadcast nationally on the Impact Football Network (follow this link for details).
Tickets are $20 (general admission) and will be sold at Gate 4 for EverBank Field beginning at 10:45 a.m. Parking is $5 and available in lots C, D, E and F.
Players are supposed to check in for registration at the DoubleTree Jacksonville Riverfront on Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. till noon. Once there, families will receive a detailed itinerary of the weekend’s events. Stay tuned.