5 players selected for the US Army All-American Bowl
With the conclusion of the FBU Top Gun Showcase in Naples at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex, good news has come for five athletes.
After three days of high-level competition, featuring some of the country’s top high school prospects, Jordan Hall (Jacksonville Westside), Jonas Duclona (Naples), Olsen Patt Henry (First Baptist Academy), Kenric Lainer (Decatur), and TJ McWilliams (North Central, Indianapolis) all earned their spot at the US Army All-American Bowl on January 7, 2023 in San Antonio. The game will be broadcast live on NBC.
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“I feel blessed, words can’t explain what I’m feeling right now, it’s just amazing,” Henry said. “Everything I’m doing is paying off right now. I just want to thank Jesus for everything He’s done for me, it’s just inexplicable.
The First Baptist Academy tight end and Clemson University commitment showed off his wide catching radius throughout individual and 7-on-7 drills, carrying touchdown passes left and right.
Hall, a four-star rookie and the state’s No. 2 defensive lineman in the USA TODAY Florida Network’s top 100 from Jacksonville knew what his goal was when he entered the Top Gun Showcase.
And that was to earn an invitation to the All-American Bowl.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive lineman who holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and many other power programs has been a force all weekend who wreaked havoc in the trenches.
“It’s a dream come true,” Hall said. “As a kid watching the Under Armor game and watching the Adidas game watching that and watching everyone engage in those games, it’s something everyone wants to do.”
In addition to the All-American Bowl invitations presented, 11 athletes were invited to the National Combine which takes place during U.S. Army All-American Bowl week in Texas and features the nation’s top 600 underclassmen.
Among the 11 guest underclassmen were IMG standout receiver Winston Watkins Jr. of Fort Myers and Napoli quarterback Niko Boyce.
“I feel really good,” Boyce said. “I’ve definitely learned some new things which will help a lot during the season and I just feel very happy and humbled for the National Combine invitation.”
Boyce and Watkins connected several times throughout the weekend competing with older competitors. Both were named to the All Sides Team in their respective positions.
“It’s going to improve me,” Watkins said of playing against rising juniors and seniors. “When I get to my senior year and my senior year of high school, I know I’m going to top my class.”
A verbal commitment from Texas A&M, Watkins announced his commitment to the Aggies during the FBU Freshman All-American game in December.
“They treat me like family, I love them,” Watkins said of his relationship with FBU. “Since I arrived on the first day, they have treated me like family. I’m just proud of the hard work I did for them and to come to the camps and show them love like they showed me.