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Football University announces Youth All-American Bowl
Football University Alumni Selected to
2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl
SportsLink November 2008 

SportsLink Announces Football University Youth All-American Bowl for Nation's Top 7th and 8th Graders
Considered the Biggest Weekend in Youth Football across America
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Pictured above: 2009 FBU Youth All-American Ray Lewis III

(Wharton, NJ) - November 3, 2008 - SportsLink, producers of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Football University (FBU), announced today the launch of the Football University Youth All-American Bowl, which pits the nation's top 7th and 8th graders against one another in an all-star format. The Football University Youth All-American Bowl will be held on Sunday, January 4, 2009 in San Antonio, TX and televised live on the web at Similar to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and occurring in the same city, during the same week, the Youth All-American Bowl is the first-ever of its kind and will be the biggest event in youth football.  The FBU Youth All-American Bowl will kick off its official Selection Tour this week.

Rich McGuinness, president of SportsLink said, "There are currently more than three million youth football players across America.  During our Football University camps, we saw firsthand the talent in the youth arena and we felt it was important, since it has not been done before, to identify the best youth players in the country and create a Youth All-American Game. Like the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on NBC, it gives these top eighty 7th and 8th graders a national platform to see how they stack up against one another."

The Youth All-American Bowl Week will consist of two championship games, one pitting the top forty 7th graders and the other showcasing the top forty 8th graders.  Additionally, the week will consist of practices, a skills competition, break-out sessions with Hall of Famers, current and former NFL stars and celebrities, such as legendary high school football coach Herman Boone and others.  The Youth All-Americans will have VIP access to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and will also be honored during the game on Saturday, January 3, 2009.  
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The selection process for the first-ever Youth FBU All-Americans begins immediately and all players will be selected by December 1, 2008.  Ray Lewis III, son of current Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis, has been the first selected athlete for this inaugural game.  Ray Lewis III earned his own MVP honors this year leading the LMP Junior High football team to its first winning season. He scored five touchdowns in one game against Trinity Preparatory, setting a Junior High record for touchdowns scored in one game. 

Super Bowl XXXV MVP Ray Lewis on his son's selection, "As a father, I am very excited for him, and I am also very proud of him. His passion for football and knowledge of the game at this age is remarkable, and is a testament to him being a dedicated student of the sport. I think this is a great honor for him, and will prove to be a rewarding and memorable experience."

Ray Lewis III trains at Football University's Top Gun Facility, home of All-Star Sports Training, an Athletic Republic facility, where he was first recognized and identified as a top 8th grade athlete. Athletic Republic is an official partner with SportsLink as they provide performance training at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and at every Football University camp across the nation.

Steve Delucca, owner of All-Star Sports Training said, "Ray has been a joy to work with over last five years as we have been fortunate enough to train him athletically.  Ray is a gifted athlete, but easy to coach and work with.  The biggest difference between Ray and your average 8th grader is his focus, commitment and desire... he already knows what it's going to take to get to the next level and he has committed himself to that mission several years ago."
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The selection process will consist of Football University's regional directors and scouts located throughout the United States identifying the top youth talent in America in partnership with hundreds of local youth football coaches and commissioners who help identify top athletes for FBU.  The scouts attend youth games, meet with area coaches and determine nominations.  After getting nominated as an elite player, FBU contacts and interviews the player as well as reviews game or highlight tape of the player showcasing their ability. After reviewing thousands of nominations, the FBU Player Development Directors will select 20 athletes per team that have distinguished themselves to be named an FBU Junior All-American.
SportsLink, which started in 2000, is a sports-marketing and management company that produces and oversees many sporting events and properties, including the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Football University. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation's premier high school football game, featuring the best 90 players in a classic East vs. West match-up. Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson and Tim Tebow all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. Football University is an invitation-only camp for elite-level youth and prep players focusing on teaching technical and skill in a small-group setting under the professional tutelage of former NFL players and coaches.

Nine Football University Alumni Selected Thus Far to the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl 
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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation's premier high school football All-Star game, featuring the best 90 players in a classic East vs. West showdown and broadcasted live January 3, 2009 on NBC.  Since its inception, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the preeminent launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Adrian Peterson and Tim Tebow all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
Five U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour teams travel across the country from early October to early December to announce all 90 players and 97 marching musicians to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, logging more than a combined 30,000 miles along the way!
Pictured to the right: Edwin Baker, 2009 U.S. Army All-American  at FBU Top Gun

From the creators and producers of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Football University is an invitation-only camp for elite-level youth and high school players, focused on teaching technique and skill in a small-group setting. Modeled after NFL mini-camps, each camp includes 14 hours of training and development-both on-the-field and off-the-field-including film study, classroom testing, and access to high-tech equipment, all under the professional tutelage of former NFL players and coaches. Football University held 18 camps across the country in 2008 and will expand to 32 locations in 2009.
So far, nine Football University alumni have been selected to the 2009 East and West U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams:
Tom Savage, Springfield, PA
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FBU Rutgers
FBU Quarterback Instructor Larry Kennan: "Savage is one of the nation's top pocket passers. He was the MVP at the 2008 U.S. Army National Combine last January and also attended FBU at Rutgers University, where he will be playing next season. Tom possesses great throwing mechanics, maintains his poise when the rush closes in, and is very effective when throwing on the move."
Je'Ron Stokes, Philadelphia, PA
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FBU Wide Receiver Instructor Andre Rison: "Je'Ron was a standout at the 2008 U.S. Army National Combine, as well as at two Football University camps last season. He is an explosive option in the passing game, and he will be a playmaker at the University of Tennessee next year. He has tremendous speed, great hands, and is a valuable downfield blocker."
Cierre Wood, Oxnard, CA
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FBU Top Gun
FBU Running Back Instructor Lorenzo White: "Cierre has great speed and will do great when he gets the ball in the open field. At FBU, he showed advanced pass route-running for a halfback and will catch everything thrown to him. Even though he's skinny, he showed great balance and leg strength when going through the drills. His frame looks like it will hold more weight, which will be beneficial when rushing between the tackles. Cierre always has a smile on his face, but he is a determined leader as well." 
Logan Thomas, Lynchburg, VA
FBU Top Gun
FBU Wide Receiver Instructor Andre Rison: "Logan plays QB in high school, but looked very good at wide receiver at FBU.  Right now, he has equal speed to most cornerbacks despite being 6-foot-6. Despite his inexperience at WR, Logan showed great hands and can be a red-zone threat from the day he enters college. If he grows and moves to tight end, he'll create even more havoc when matched up against linebackers."
Patrick Hall, Ventura, CA
FBU Top Gun
FBU Defensive Back Instructor Perry Williams: "Pat is a student of the game who has mastered two positions: running back and safety. He played defense here (at FBU) and will likely start there at Southern California. Pat shows the coverage skills and speed of a cornerback but can hit like a linebacker. He is able to play with bad intentions yet always under control, and always seems to be around the ball."
Gabe Lynn, Jenks, OK
FBU Top Gun
FBU Defensive Back Instructor Perry Williams: "Gabe's biggest strength is his physicality at defensive back. He's a student of the game and understands how to play defense intelligently without drawing a penalty flag. As he grows, he may move to safety, where he'll be one of the fastest in the country.  He is able to quickly decipher if the play is run or pass. Gabe is more than willing to fight for the ball on inaccurate passes and loves to come up in run support as well."
Bryce Brown, Wichita, KS
FBU Top Gun
Running Back Instructor Lorenzo White on Bryce Brown: "He is a great power back with good feet.  If he continues to work hard and continue learning - he has a great future."
Edwin Baker, Detroit, MI

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FBU Top Gun
FBU Running Back Instructor Lorenzo White on Baker:  "He is by far the top player here this weekend.  I can see him playing on Sunday.  He has the total package:  he can block, kick run, has great feet and really impressed me. Outstanding player--especially proving himself against the top players in the nation."
Byron Moore, Harbor City, CA
FBU Top Gun
Instructor Perry Williams on Moore: "Moore is the real deal.  In my opinion, he is the best at camp this weekend.  I look forward to following him in the future."

Congratulations FBU Alumni on your selection to the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl!

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Football University announces the Michigan All-American Team Members

On Tuesday, December 2, 2008 the official notifications went out from Wharton, New Jersey, informing players of their distinction of being named an All-American Football Player; and being invited as Michigan Recipients to play in the National 8th Grade All-Star Game, in San Antonio, TX on Sunday, January 4, 2009. However, due to a competitions rule in the Michigan High School Athletic Associations (MHSAA) Handbook, these individuals face being ineligible for a minimum of 365 days from participating in school sports.

ALL-STAR COMPETITION—Students shall not
compete at any time in any sport under MHSAA
jurisdiction in all-star contests or national championships,
regardless of the method of selection.

Participation in such a contest shall cause that student
to become ineligible for a maximum period of
one year of school enrollment.

Their selection to the 2009 FBU Youth All-American Bowl roster recognizes them as one of the nation’s top youth football players. There are approximately three million youth football players nationwide and these 7 have distinguished themselves as one of the very best. The honor of being selected in the first FBU Youth All-American Bowl can be attributed to their hard work and dedication to the game. We hope their selection  will be something they cherish for a very long time.

None the less, we recognize them for their accomplishment and for being selected as members of the Football University East All-American Team.  They will however be recognized by local presentations of jerseys to them, as well as being recognized during the U.S. Army Senior Bowl game for High School Seniors. Again, Congratulations, to the Michigan Seven, who serve as representation on the inauguaral Eight Grade All-American Team.

Chauncey Bridges, North Farmington Vikings
Gairus Coleman, North Farmington Vikings
Cameron Dillard, Plymouth Steelers
David Houle, Plymouth Crusaders
Edward Huckleby, North Farmington Vikings
Trajan Seay, Pontiac Panthers
Wyatt Shallman, Hartland Eagles
Cameron Dillard, #54
David Houle, #55
Trajan Seay, #3
Wyatt Shallman #40
Chauncey Bridges #24