Every year, moreover right around this time, the staff from Blue-Grey Football, with a collection of NFL veterans and administrators, hits the road on the brand’s nationwide Jersey Presentation Tour.
The goal is to promote the All-American Bowl and a select few of the nation’s top prospects in the Class of 2015 are recognized in front of family and friends. The community in general, to that end.
Two games soon take place, it’s worth mentioning, each located at a well-known NFL venue, more specifically Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium.
All the action will be nationally broadcast on either ESPN3 or Impact Football Network (please check your local listings). Also, similar to year’s past, the footage will be permanently archived.
Jalen McCleskey from St. Paul’s (LA) is the topic this time. An Oklahoma State commit, the 5-foot-10 and 170-pound wide receiver will line up for the West vs. East on Dec. 14 at AT&T Stadium.
Also in attendance for the ceremony was football father and NFL veteran J.J. McCleskey. Make no mistake about it though, the younger version continues to make a name for himself.
McCleskey was the state’s No. 41 player overall in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, by and large an accurate talent indicator as the tool considers evaluations of all the major recruiting services.
Prior to his decision to play college ball for the Cowboys, he had a laundry list of potential suitors. South Florida, Southern Miss and Tulane were among the many to put a scholarship in place.
Air Force and Georgia Southern also hoped for a potential commitment from McCleskey. Texas Tech and Vanderbilt were other schools interested in him. Florida, LSU and Tennessee as well.
With more than a few distractions along the way, McCleskey has managed to stay focused on the task at hand, first participating in the All-American Bowl and playing on Saturdays thereafter.
Editor’s note: Each participant in the game will receive a Jersey Presentation during All-American Bowl Weekend with plenty of media in attendance, both on the national and local level.