Friday, August 1, 2008

All-America game invites 3 area players

Three Observer-area football players have accepted invitations to play in the prestigious Under Armour All-America game on Jan. 4 in Orlando.

Gastonia Ashbrook receiver Jheranie Boyd, and Rock Hill South Pointe defensive backs DeVonte Holloman and Stephon Gilmore are among 70 of the nation’s top seniors who have committed to play.

The all-star game, in its second year, will switch to a Sunday primetime slot (8-11 p.m.) and be televised live on ESPN. Last year’s debut was televised in a two-hour window on a Saturday afternoon.

The game will be played at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Another 10 or so players will be extended invitations, and teams and coaches will be decided at a later date.

Boyd, 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, caught 47 passes for 1,051 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He is considering offers from Florida, Clemson, Southern California, North Carolina and N.C. State, among others.

Holloman (6-2, 213), who recently transferred from Independence High, has committed to Clemson.

Gilmore (6-1, 1800) is South Pointe’s quarterback, but plays occasionally at defensive back, where he’s projected to play in college. Last season, he passed for 1,679 yards and 13 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,145 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is considering South Carolina, Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee and Ohio State, among others.

- Cliff Mehrtens