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, as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: The first on Dec. 22 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, the second on Jan. 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field and the third on Jan. 21 at Oakland Raiders’ Coliseum.
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.
Dalton Sturm from Goliad (TX) is the focus this time around. A member of the Class of 2014, he was a key contributor in the South’s 47-44 double overtime victory over the North at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium. The game won’t soon be forgotten.
Remember, there were plenty of marquee names in attendance, including LSU commit John Battle, Penn State commit Koa Farmer, Illinois commit Tre Watson, Washington State commit Keith Harrington and North Carolina commit Austin Proehl, to name a few.
Seemingly always fearless, also ready for any and all challenges, still in the spotlight to this day worth noting, the 6-foot-2 and 195-pound junior quarterback for UTSA will be in action on Oct. 22 against UTEP in a Conference USA showdown at 12 p.m. (EST).
A starter, he was 20-of-25 with 274 passing yards and two touchdowns in the season opener, a 26-13 nonconference victory over Alabama State. Weeks later, Sturm was 19 -of-37 with 229 passing yards and three scores in a 32-28 nonconference loss to Arizona State.
As a sophomore, he played in 10 games, including the final seven as a starter, and completed 59 percent of his attempts for 1,354 passing yards with 13 touchdowns. Athletic as well, on the ground, Sturm ended up with 361 rushing yards and another score.
While it might be a bit early to look too far ahead, all signs point to him having a bright future, far beyond his collegiate career, perhaps one day in the NFL given his current trajectory. Not long ago though, he lined up in the brand’s All-American Bowl in Florida.