For Immediate Release
ESPN PR
April 1, 2008
860-766-2000

Under Armour All-America High School Football Game to be Played
Jan. 4, 2009, on ESPN

Second Annual Event Moves to Primetime on ESPN; Forty-Seven Standout Players
Already Selected to Participate

The second annual Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, an annual all-star football competition spotlighting the nation’s top high school seniors, will be played on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.  The event, an ESPN and Intersport collaboration, is moving to Sunday in primetime as part of a new expanded three-hour window (8-11 p.m. ET) on ESPN.  Last year, the event was televised in a two-hour Saturday afternoon window on ABC.  The event will also include ancillary events to be held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex (DWWS) near Orlando, Fla., while a site for the game will be determined in the near future.

National recruiting analysts and talent evaluators from ESPN Scouts, Inc., will select players for both team rosters.  A total of 80 players will be invited, with all them having the opportunity to also participate in a televised skills competition and other ancillary events held at DWWS.  In addition, ESPNU will once again televise six hours of practices from DWWS. 

 “We’re looking forward to growing off the success of our first year by moving the game to a new day during a primetime window on ESPN and continuing to utilize Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex to give the participants an enjoyable experience all around,” said James Brown, ESPN Senior Vice President, New Program Development.  “This event is and will continue to be a great opportunity to give fans a closer look at the future stars of the sport, while also culminating our extensive multi-platform coverage of high school football throughout the regular-season.”

“Sunday night football is a staple in American homes across the country and moving the game to this primetime slot demonstrates ESPN’s commitment to creating the best and biggest platform for the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game,” said Steve Battista, Senior Vice President, Brand, Under Armour. “Our Brand started on the football field and we’re excited that our authentic showcase of high school football players will reach an even bigger audience in just its second year.” 

Added Dan Jones, Intersport's Senior Vice President of Events: "We are extremely excited about year two of the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.  The move to primetime speaks to the importance of the game.  We look forward to creating another unforgettable experience for some of the best high school football players in the country."

Thus far, 47 players have accepted invitations to participate in the 2009 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, including quarterback and USC commit Matt Barkley (Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.), Marlon Brown (WR – Harding  Academy, Memphis, Tenn.); Garrett Gilbert (QB – Lake Travis HS, Austin, Texas); Dre Kirkpatrick (CB - Gadsen HS, Gadsen, Ala.), Jacobbi McDaniel (DT – Madison County HS, Madison, Fla.), Russell Shepard (QB – Cypress Ridge HS, Houston, Texas.) and Manti Te’o (OLB – Punahou HS, Honolulu, Hawaii).

 

2009 Under Armour All-Americans (Scheduled to Participate)

(More players to be added) 

Pos

First

Last

Commit

School

DT

Corey

Adams

 

Saguaro High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

QB

Moses

Alipate

MINNESOTA hhh   NN  

Jefferson High School (Alexandria, Minn.)

OLB

Ray Ray

Armstrong

 

Seminole High school (Sanford, Calif.)

OT

Thomas

Ashcraft

TEXAS

Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, Texas)

QB

Matt

Barkley

USC

Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.)

RB

Jaamal

Berry

 

Palmetto High School (Pinecrest, Fla.)

WR

Marlon

Brown

 

Harding Academy (Memphis, Tenn.)

ILB

Vontaze

Burfict

USC

Centennial High School (Corona, Calif.)

WR

Duron

Carter

 

Saint Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

RB

Montrell

Conner

 

Ouachita Parish High School (Monroe, La.)

ATH

Andre

DeBose

 

Seminole High School (Sanford, Fla.)

RB

Washaun

Ealey

GEORGIA

Emanuel County Institute (Twin City, Ga.)

DE

Ryne

Giddins

 

Armwood High School (Seffner, Fla.)

DE

Melvin

Fellows

 

Garfield Heights High School (Garfield, Ohio)

QB

Garrett

Gilbert

TEXAS

Lake Travis High School (Austin, Texas)

Ath

Stephon

Gilmore

 

South Point High School (Rock Hill, S.C.)

CB

Darrell

Givens

 

Lackey High School (Indian Head, Md.)

OC

Kevin

Graf

USC

Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, Calif.)

WR

Logan

Heastie

WEST VIRGINIA

Great Bridge High School (Chesapeake, Va.)

S

DeVonte

Holloman

 

Independence High School (Charlotte, N.C.

CB

Janzen

Jackson

LSU

Barbe High School (Lake Charles, La.)

OT

J.K.

Jay

 

Christ Church (Greenville, S.C.)

OLB

Damario

Jeffery

 

Columbia High School (Columbia, S.C.)

OT

Paden 

Kelley

TEXAS

Lake Travis High School (Austin, Texas)

WR

Kendall

Kelly

 

Gadsden High School (Gadsen, Texas)

CB

Dre

Kirkpatrick

 

Gadsden High School (Gadsen, Ga.)

S

Craig

Loston

 

Eisenhower High School (Houston, Texas)

ATH

Victor

Marc

 

Hallandale High School (Hallandale, Fla.)

OG

John

Martinez

 

Cottonwood High School (Salt Lake, Utah)

TE

Barrett

Matthews

TEXAS

North Shore High School (Houston, Texas)

DT

Jacobbi

McDaniel

FLORIDA STATE

Madison County High School (Madison, Fla.)

OC

Jack

Mewhort

OHIO STATE

Saint John's High School (Toledo, Ohio)

DE

Sam

Montgomery

 

Greenwood High School (Greenwood, S.C.)

OLB

Dexter

Moody

GEORGIA

Emanuel County Institute (Twin City, Ga.)

QB

Josh

Nunes

 

Upland High School (Upland, Calif.)

WR

Jamal

Patterson

 

Henry County High School (McDonough, Ga.)

TE

Morrell

Presley

USC

Carson High School (Carson, Calif.)

CB

Greg

Reid

FLORIDA 

Lowndes High School (Valdosta, Ga.)

RB

Trenton

Richardson

 

Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.)

QB

Russell

Shepard

LSU

Cypress Ridge High School (Houston, Texas)

DT

Tyler

Stockton

 

The Hun School of Princeton (Princeton, N.J.)

OG

Xavier

Su'a Filo

 

Timpview High School (Provo, Utah)

OLB

Manti

Te’o

 

Punahou High School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

OLB

Frankie

Telfort

 

Gulliver Prep High School (Miami, Fla.)

OL

Mason

Walters

 

Frenship High School (Wolfforth, Texas)

OG

Quinton

Washington

 

Timberland High School (Saint Stephen, S.C.)

OG

Peter

White

 

St. John’s High School (Washington, D.C.)

For more information about each player from ESPN Scouts Inc., please click here.

About the Game

The Under Armour High School All-America Football Game, an annual all-star football competition spotlighting 80 of the nation’s top high school seniors, debuted on January 5, 2008, on ABC, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Organized in conjunction with Intersport, the 2009 event will be presented live to a national audience on ESPN from a site in Orlando, Fla.  

About Intersport

Intersport was formed in 1985 and is an Emmy Award-winning creator, producer and distributor of original sports and entertainment programming and an industry leader in event marketing and corporate hospitality.  The Intersport Media Group is one of the largest independent producers of sports programming in the U.S.  It distributes sports content across all media platforms.  The Intersport Event Marketing Group designs and executes national event marketing initiatives, including mobile marketing tours in professional, collegiate, amateur and youth sports, as well as major event corporate hospitality programs.  Intersport is headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York City and Los Angeles and can be found on the Internet at www.intersportnet.com.  

About Under Armour

Under Armour® (NYSE: UA) is a leading developer, marketer, and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. The brand's moisture-wicking synthetic fabrications are engineered in many different designs and styles for wear in nearly every climate to provide a performance alternative to traditional natural fiber products.  The Company's products are sold worldwide and worn by athletes at all levels, from youth to professional, on playing fields around the globe.  The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, with European headquarters in Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, and additional offices in Denver, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Guangzhou, China. For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.underarmour.com.

 

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