ROSTERS LOADED WITH TALENT FOR
13th ANNUAL AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR GAME
13th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:30pm
Memphis University School - Stokes Stadium
The 13th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game presented by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and Conway Services/ARS will feature the top high school seniors representing 48 public and private schools in the Memphis area. Each player was selected on the basis of his character, his on and off-field achievements and his classroom performance.
Three finalists for the state of Tennessee’s Mr. Football Award are among this year’s All-Star Game participants: offensive lineman Drew Richmond of Memphis University School, linebacker Joshua McMillon from Whitehaven High School and running back Colton Neel of Memphis University School.
The 2014 All-Star game will also feature Memphis/Shelby County’s top rusher (Earl Harrison, Ridgeway High School, 1594 yards and 22 touchdowns) top passer (Cedric Crawford, Melrose High School, 2752 yards and 36 touchdowns), and top receiver (Jonathan Johnson, Melrose High School, 1281 yards and 64 receptions).
Robby Donaldson, the head coach at First Assembly Christian School, will coach the Red Team and Cecil VanHooks, the head coach at Craigmont High School, will coach the Blue Team. “With these very fine head coaches leading the teams, we will continue the tradition of excellence the All-Star Game has established over the past twelve years,” said AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart.
“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game gives the fans an opportunity to see local talent that, in many cases, they have only heard or read about,” said Donaldson. “Because of the exposure the All-Star Game has created over the past twelve years, there has been an increase in the stature and visibility of all high school football programs in the Memphis area.”
“This game gives Memphis a chance to showcase the abundance of talent in the Memphis area,” said VanHooks. “It gives all these senior players one last opportunity to have a great experience in their final high school game.”
The All-Star Game will be played Saturday, December 13 at Memphis University School. The kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 (children age 6 and under $5) and can be purchased through the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ticket office, 795-7700. The game will be broadcast on radio by 87.7 FM.
ABOUT THE ALL-STAR GAME
The 13th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game will be played on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:30pm. The game will feature the top 84 high school seniors from TSSAA sanctioned high schools in the Memphis Metro Area. This year's all-star game is being presented by the Governor's Highway Safety Office and Conway Services/ARS.
Last year, the Blue Team defeated the Red Team, 43-38. The all-time series is now tied 6-6.
On National Signing Day 2014, thirty-three (33) players listed on the rosters for the 2013 AZLB High School All-Star Game signed a national letter of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers on the collegiate level. By comparison, on National Signing Day 2013, a record forty-six (46) all-star game participants from the 2012 game signed a national letter of intent. On National Signing Day 2012, thirty-four (34) all-star game participants from the 2011 game signed a national letter of intent. On National Signing Day 2011, twelve (12) all-star game participants signed a national letter of intent. In 2011, a total thirty (30) participants signed by the end of the signing period.
University of Memphis standout defensive lineman Dontari Poe, whose outstanding performance at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine led him to being drafted in the 1st round by the Kansas City Chiefs, played in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. At the NFL combine, Poe (a product of Wooddale High School) had the highest number of bench press reps of any player (44). He also ran a 4.98 in the 40-yard dash which is quite impressive for a 6’4”, 346 lbs defensive lineman. Through 6 games in the 2013 season, Poe has registered 21 tackles and 4.5 sacks for the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
O.C. Brown, the focal point of the 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary "Undefeated," participated in the 2009 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game following a successful prep career at Manassas High School. Brown, who originally signed with Southern Miss, transferred to Austin Peay State University the spring of 2012.
H.R. Greer, a standout fullback from SBEC, received very little attention from college recruiters before participating in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. However, his performance in front of college coaches during the all-star game enabled him to earn a full scholarship to play at Ole Miss. Greer capped off his career with by being part of the senior class that helped the Rebels get back to the postseason.
Brandon Ivory of East High School was one of three participants in the 2009 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game who signed with Alabama. He was a member of the 2011 & 2012 BCS National Championship teams. Ivory drew virtually no interest from college coaches until his six tackles (for loss), three sack performance in the all-star game.
During the 2010 NFL Draft, University of Tennessee standout defensive tackle Dan Williams was selected in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals (26th overall pick). Williams participated in the 2004 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game after a successful prep career at East High School.
In 2009, University of Kentucky standout defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon was selected in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft by the Washington Redskins. Jarmon, a standout at Houston High School, participated in the 2004 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. Jarmon also participated in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl as key member of a Kentucky team that defeated ECU in the 50th Anniversary game.