Tacoma Baptist standout offensive lineman Walker Williams will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at Phoenix in January.
Coincidentally, about an hour before receiving this release I spoke with Walker about setting up an interview for next week. He told me he’s planning to take an unofficial visit to the University of Wisconsin next week. Williams, who stands 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, has scholarship offers from Washington, Colorado, UCLA, Utah, Oregon State and Wisconsin.
Williams is one of four Washington players selected to play in the game. Mariner running back Kei’Varae Russell, Mercer Island quarterback Jeff Lindquist and Juanita offensive lineman Nathan Dean are the others. Dean and Lindquist have already given oral commitments to the University of Washington, while Russell is mulling more than a dozen offers.
Here’s the release and list of players:
Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Announces Committed Players List
Elite High School Football Athletes Commit to East-West Matchup in Phoenix on Jan. 3, 2012
PHOENIX (July 27, 2011) – JuniorRank Sports has unveiled the names of the first round of players to commit to the highly-anticipated inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The East versus West gridiron matchup, presented in partnership with the United States Marine Corps, will feature 100 of the nation’s most highly recruited high school football players and is slated to take place on January 3, 2012, in Phoenix, at the height of bowl season.
“The players selected represent not only impressive athletic talent, but strong character, commitment and academic performance,” said Shaon Berry, Semper Fidelis Bowl founder and CEO of JuniorRank Sports. “Although we’re showcasing these young men on the football field, we’re also setting the precedent that off-the-field performance is equally as important.”
Athletes committed to the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl come from around the country, and will be playing on Saturdays for some of the nation’s most respected college football programs.
Michael Barton, outside linebacker, De La Salle High School, from Pinole, Calif. – committed to the University of California-Berkley
Nathan Dean, offensive tackle, Juanita High School, from Kirkland, Wash. – committed to the University of Washington
Deontay Greenberry, wide receiver, Washington Union High School, from Fresno, Calif. – committed to Notre Dame
Bart Houston, quarterback, De La Salle High School, from San Ramon, Calif. – committed to the University of Wisconsin
Jeff Lindquist, quarterback, Mercer Island High School, from Mercer Island, Wash. – committed to the University of Washington
Hardy Nickerson Jr., middle linebacker, Bishop O’Dowd High School, from Oakland, Calif. – committed to the University of California-Berkley
KeiVarae Russell, running back, Mariner High School, from Everett, Wash. – undeclared
Tee Shepard , cornerback, Central High East Campus, from Fresno, Calif. – committed to Notre Dame
Freddie Tagaloa, offensive tackle, Salesian High School, from Vallejo, Calif. – undeclared
Walker Williams, offensive tackle, Tacoma Baptist Schools, from Tacoma, Wash. – undeclared
Paul Boyette, defensive tackle, Humble High School, from Humble, Tex. – committed to the University of Texas
Jarvis Lewis, defensive end, Chaparral High School, from Scottsdale, Ariz. – undeclared
Max McCaffrey, wide receiver, Valor Christian High School, from Castle Rock, Co. – committed to Duke University
Cyler Miles, quarterback, Mullen High School, from Centennial, Co. – committed to the University of Washington
Paul Thurston, offensive tackle, Arvada West High School, from Broomfield, Co. – committed to the University of Nebraska
Jordan Diamond, offensive tackle, Simeon Vocational High School, from Chicago – undeclared
Andre McDonald, wide receiver, Hopkins Sr. High School, from Plymouth, Minn. – undeclared
Antonio Morrison, offensive linebacker, Bolingbrook High School, from Bolingbrook, Ill. – undeclared
Anthony Standifer, cornerback, Crete-Monee High School, from Crete, Ill. – committed to the University of Michigan
Maxx Williams, tight end, Waconia Sr. High School, from Waconia, Minn. – committed to the University of Minnesota
Patrick DeStefano, offensive guard, Dorman High School, from Spartanburgh, S.C. – committed to Clemson University
Ryan Dillard, cornerback, Buford High School, from Atlanta, Ga. – undeclared
Marshall Morgan, kicker, Archbishop McCarthy High School, from Coral Springs, Fla. – undeclared
Kye Morgan, running back, Franklin High School, from Franklin Park, N.J. – committed to the University of Georgia
Brandon Napoleon, quarterback, St. Peters Preparatory School, from Rahway, N.J. – committed to West Virginia University
Armani Reeves, cornerback, Catholic Memorial School, from Northeastern, Mass. – undeclared
Camren Williams, outside linebacker, Catholic Memorial School, from Northeaston, Mass. – committed to Penn State
Courtnye Wynn, defensive end, Norfolk Christian High School, from Chesapeake, Va. – committed to the University of Virginia
“I’ve been watching and evaluating high school athletes for decades now, and the Semper Fidelis Bowl combines the best on the field and off the field talent,” said Tom Lemming, renowned recruiting analyst for CBS Sports Network and chair of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Selection Committee. “The talent we’re proud to announce committing to the Semper Fidelis Bowl is simply astounding. Athletic prowess paired with the Marines’ core values of honor, courage and commitment makes all of these young men top-notch players to watch.”
Invitations to both the Semper Fidelis Bowl and the Proving Ground Football Combine will be issued throughout the summer and fall on a rolling basis until each roster is filled. Athletes interested in enhancing their visibility and improving their skills can register for the affiliated JuniorRank Sports Diamond Flight Camps. Held in a host of major cities, a full camp schedule is available at: http://www.juniorrank.com/camps/diamond-flight-camps.
To learn more about the Semper Fidelis Bowl and presenters JuniorRank Sports and the United States Marine Corps, visit http://www.semperfidelisbowl.com.
About the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl:
The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, proudly presented by JuniorRank Sports and the United States Marine Corps, will air on CBS Sports Network Jan. 3, 2012, at 4 p.m. MST, from Phoenix. One hundred of the nation’s elite high school football players will face off in a traditional East versus West gridiron matchup, showcasing athletes who embody the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. The Proving Ground Football Combine, airing Jan. 2, 2012, at 1 p.m. MST, on CBS Sports Network, will give viewers the chance to watch 400 of the country’s best high school football stars participate in skills competitions, showing a national audience why these impressive athletes comprise the next generation of collegiate football talent.
About JuniorRank Sports:
JuniorRank Sports identifies, trains and recognizes the best student athletes in the country, focusing on the principles of character, integrity, discipline and academic excellence. Seeking to cultivate the next generation college football athletes, JuniorRank Sports adopts a socially responsible approach that evaluates performance on, and off, the field. By hosting several skills camps in cities across the country, CEO Shaon Berry and JuniorRank Sports staff meet, train and work alongside student athletes who are dedicated to honing their football skills, while also developing the skills that will carry them beyond their football playing careers.