November 11, 2017
U.S. Army representatives present Cypress Springs High School senior safety Leon O’Neal with his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey on Nov. 3. O’Neal will represent the West team in the game. (Photo by Mitzi Santillan, Cypress Springs HS)
By Nathalie Marquez, Cypress Springs HS
Nov. 11, 2017—Two senior CFISD football players received honorary U.S. Army All-American Bowl jerseys this month, signifying their selection to the all-star game that will be played at noon on Jan. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Cypress Springs High School senior defensive back and Texas A&M University commitment Leon O’Neal Jr. received his honorary jersey on Nov. 3 during the Panthers’ homecoming pep rally.
“I’m so blessed with the opportunity to represent my family, school and friends as an Army All-American,” O’Neal said. “The support my mom and dad gave me along with Cypress Springs staff made this all possible.”
U.S. Army representatives present Cypress Ranch High School senior offensive lineman Leon O’Neal with his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey on Nov. 10. Blanton will represent the West team in the game.
Cypress Ranch High School senior offensive lineman and Texas A&M commitment Colten Blanton received his honorary jersey on Nov. 10 in the school’s large-group instruction area.
“It’s a great honor to be playing with the best players in the United States,” Blanton said. “I am so thankful for the opportunity and I cannot thank the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and my team and coaches enough. It is truly a dream come true.”
Current NFL stars Andrew Luck and Adrian Peterson are former participants of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The game features the top 100 high school football players in the nation and will be nationally televised via NBC.
Cypress Ranch senior Colten Blanton joins Mustang teammates at his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey presentation ceremony on Nov. 10.
O’Neal and Blanton join linebacker DaShaun White and offensive lineman Luke Matthews as fellow Texas A&M commitments in the game. All four will play for the West team.
“Nothing can compare to playing for those who fought for us citizens,” O’Neal said.
Visit http://www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com/ for more information on the game.
Cypress Springs senior Leon O’Neal addresses guests at his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey presentation ceremony on Nov. 3.