ROCKAWAY, N.J. — Tua Tagovailoa (Honolulu, HI/St. Louis School), the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country, was selected to join an elite class as a 2017 U.S. Army All-American.
Having been selected to play in the 17th edition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance, Tagovailoa will play in the annual East vs. West matchup on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Bowl will be nationally televised live on NBC at 12 p.m. CST and will feature the nation’s top 100 high school football players.
“Like U.S. Army soldiers, these players have demonstrated leadership, adaptability, discipline and teamwork,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “Tagovailoa has demonstrated that he is innovative both on and off the football field, and we are pleased to welcome him to this year’s elite team of U.S. Army All-American Bowl athletes.”
Tagovailoa was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, consisting of All American Games and 247Sports.
For 17 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school sporting event, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Odell Beckham Jr., Andrew Luck, Patrick Peterson, Adrian Peterson, Derrick Henry and Christian McCaffrey made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
A total of 330 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni have been selected in NFL Drafts. The 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 39,121 to the Alamodome and was watched by more than 4 million viewers across the country.
The Bowl consistently draws an annual crowd upwards of 40,000 to the Alamodome and is the most-watched high school sporting event of each year with 4.3-million viewers tuning in to the 2016 NBC broadcast.