Ball to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Pepperell’s Dakota Ball is nominated to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Posted on 05/03/2011

Dakota Ball, a junior at Pepperell High School, has been nominated to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The football game sponsored by the U.S. Army is one of the nation’s top all-star games featuring an elite group of student athletes. The game will showcase the talents of 2012 seniors on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the Alamo dome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual classic East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 PM EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.

Ball has been a major contributor on the Pepperell Dragon football team in each of his three high school seasons. He has been a mainstay on the Dragons defense line and a big play maker at tight end on offense. Ball plans to continue his football career at the University of Alabama after graduation from Pepperell in 2012. He committed to play for the Crimson Tide during the middle of his junior football season. Ball has been listed as a four-star defensive tackle prospect by a number of recruiting services. Before committing to Alabama, Ball considered Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides the national platform for young adults to showcase their talent and strength,” said Col. Derik Crotts, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “This nomination recognizes the mental, emotional and physical strengths, and leadership qualities, Ball has developed on and off the field; qualities that he shares with Army Strong Soldiers. The Army congratulates all of the athletes on their nomination.’

Ball was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee which consists of Rivals.com and All American Games’ network of regional coaches throughout the country. Of the 400 nominees, 90 are ultimately selected and invited to play in the Bowl. The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Selection Tour begins. Player finalists along with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band musicians will be selected nationwide throughout the fall, with the Selection Tour ending in early December.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game in the country, held each January in the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas. The game features the best high school football players in the nation and has helped launch the careers of Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Ndamukong Suh, and many other college and NFL stars since its inception in 2001. This year the U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of nearly 38,000 fans to the game at the Alamodome and was the most watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL Playoffs.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sport marketing and event management company. National sponsors of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl include the U.S. Army, Gatorade, TapouT, NCSA, NewTek, Oakley, DCI-Drum Corps International, DeMoulin Uniforms, Football University, Jupiter Band Instruments, Rivals.com, Russell Athletic, San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, Schutt Sports, The National Association for Music Education, and Zildjian Cymbals. For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com and www.goarmy.com/events/aab.