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: Dec. 18 and Jan. 22 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Jan. 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and Jan. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field.
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.
Luke Sellers from Papillion La Vista South (NE) takes center stage. After making a name for himself at the brand’s All-American Combine (Heartland Regional), a well-deserved invite followed to the game at AT&T Stadium, a 7-6 victory for West over East.
He was supposed to team up with Boise State commit Brett Rypien, Oklahoma State commit Jalen McCleskey, Nebraska commit Christian Gaylord and Kansas commit Steven Sims, among others. His focus was on recruiting, instead. It was well worth it, too.
Given the determination and resolve, the future is bright for Sellers, there’s no doubt about it. The 6-foot-1 and 240-pound sophomore running back, in fact, plans to line up for South Dakota State on Aug. 31 against Duquesne in nonconference game at 1 p.m. (EST).
Not necessarily what some might consider to be a modern-day back, the ball-carrier or pass-catcher type of contributor, though he’s proven to be more than capable of getting the job done when called upon to do so, Sellers is the starting fullback for the Jackrabbits.
A throwback in many ways, to when more traditional sets often featured a blocker and runner, Sellers has flourished in the role. Highly-regarded in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, he’s found a niche after playing in 11 of the team’s 12 games as a freshman.
While early in the process, the consensus seems to be that he can, at least, entertain the NFL Draft or take the undrafted free agent route. Still, Sellers got his start at the brand’s All-American Combine in Missouri, coupled with an All-American Bowl invite in Texas.