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.
It’s time for Lex Sowards from Ryle (KY) to 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. The game won’t soon be forgotten.
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.
Sowards is still getting the job done. Only now, it’s at the next level and the 6-foot-2 and 310-pound sophomore offensive lineman for Indiana State will be in action on Oct. 17 against Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game at 3:05 p.m. (EST).
As expected, Sowards lined up at left guard and held his own in the season opener, a 52-17 nonconference victory over Butler. A week later, a similar effort was delivered in a 38-14 nonconference loss to Purdue. All this, after contributing as a freshman for the Sycamores.
What lies ahead? All signs point to a secured spot in the starting lineup. With two years to develop, as well, it’d be unwise to rule out a possible stint at the next level. Whether that be prolonged, or not. Remember, Sowards played in the All-American Bowl in Florida.