Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national level has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, either. That said, the hype is building for a pair of games this year: The first is on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium and home of the Dallas Cowboys. The second is on Jan. 9 at Raymond James Stadium and home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
Chris Jones from DeMatha Catholic (MD) is the focus this time around and will take a much-deserved turn in the proverbial spotlight. A member of the Class of 2014, he was a key contributor as South defeated North, 47-44, in double overtime at Raymond James Stadium.
Several high-profile recruits were on hand, LSU commit John Battle, Penn State commit Koa Farmer, Illinois commit Tre Watson, Washington State commit Keith Harrington, UTSA commit Dalton Sturm and North Carolina commit Austin Proehl, that’s just a few.
Despite the competition, Jones finished with three touchdowns in the game. The 6-foot-2 and 190-pound sophomore wide receiver for Maryland hopes to deliver the same type of production on Oct. 31 against Iowa in a Big Ten Conference game at 3:05 p.m. (EST).
Time and time again, Jones has had to prove himself. A one-time Wisconsin commit, who initially took the Junior College route with Iowa Western Community College, he now seems to be in a favorable position to realize some of his immense potential in College Park (MD).
With a good couple of years to develop, all signs point to Jones finding success. Perhaps carving out a niche as a starter with the Terrapins. Difficult to comprehend, a true statement however, Jones first made a name for himself at the All-American Bowl in Florida.