Woodbury's Ryerse selected for Eastbay All-American Bowl
Lake Middle School football player Grant Ryerse of Woodbury has been selected to play at the 2013 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, taking place Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Ryerse will play kicker and punter for the eighth-grade West team and was honored with a jersey presentation recently.
"Grant had great hang time on his kickoffs and soared this year during the kick camps with Michael Husted," said Erik Richards, Football University (FBU) National Scouting Director.
This January will be the fifth-annual Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. Pitting the nation's top youth football players against one another in an all-star format, the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl brings together the top youth talent in the nation. Ryerse is one of just a handful who will be able to compete in this exclusive showcase.
The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl consists of the U-15 USA-Canada Youth Bowl and two East vs. West all-star games, one for the top 40 seventh-graders with no weight limit and one for the top 40 eighth-graders with no weight limit.
Since its inception, many of the top players in the Bowl have received college interest and national attention from media outlets such as USA Today, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. The Bowl week consists of practices, a skills competition, and break-out sessions with Hall of Famers, as well as current and former NFL stars and celebrities. The Youth All-Americans also get VIP access to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and were honored during the game, which takes place the day before.
Several thousand youth all-stars were nominated for this elite honor. Athletes had to fill out a nomination form and submit a highlight tape. The selection committee, which consists of Football University's regional directors and scouts, work year round with hundreds of local youth football coaches and commissioners who help identify top athletes.
All American Games (AAG) is a sport management and marketing company based in Wharton, New Jersey, that produces and manages many of the nation's premier high school and youth sporting events. All American Games' properties include the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, U.S. Army Coaches Academy, U.S. Army National Combine, U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, Football University, Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, FBU TOP GUN, FBU National Championship, American Baseball University, the All-American Baseball Game, and the hit-reality television show "The Ride."