LANCASTER – Paraclete High School running back Melquise Stovall was officially named Tuesday to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Taking to the podium in Tuesday’s ceremony at the Lancaster campus, Stovall thanked his family, coaches and teammates, saying, “It’s a real honor to be here, and I appreciate this.”
Paraclete head coach Norm Dahlia, after being recognized by U.S. Army representatives for his success as a coach, thanked Stovall for his dedication and ability.
“The only thing I can tell Melquise is thank you,” Dahila said. “He makes my job real simple. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the best. There are some things we can teach him that becomes skill, but everything else he does is God-given talent.”
According to All American Games, the owner and producer of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Stovall is joining an elite group.
“Players are chosen not only because they excel on the football field, but because they are both mentally and physically agile and they are able to adapt to challenging situations, similar to Army Soldiers,” organizers stated in a news release.
Tuesday’s event was part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour, which is currently traveling across the nation from September to December announcing all 90 players and 125 marching band members invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing, said that Melquise was chosen to the All-American Bowl for his demonstrated versatility and adaptability both on and off the football field.
“It is these skills – skills we instill in every Army soldier – that have guided our selection of all of the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl players,” Davis said. “We are pleased to welcome these talented athletes to this year’s elite team and we congratulate each of them on their selection.”
Selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, 247Sports and XOS Digital, Stovall is eligible for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award as well as other prestigious awards.
High school players selected to the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will play in the annual East vs. West match-up on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game is scheduled to be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
According to its sponsors, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game for 16 years, serving as the most prestigious launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. The U.S. Army is the title sponsor of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and American Family Insurance is the lead national sponsor and presenting sponsor of the telecast on NBC.
To learn more about the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events, visit www.USArmyAllAmericanBowl.com.