INDIANAPOLIS—There is no guarantee that they'll play come November, but a quartet of Indiana football players have a chance to get a little bit of winter gridiron action.
On Tuesday four Indiana high school football players were nominated to the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl which will be played on Saturday, January 7th.
Started in 2002, the bowl consistently features some of the best players from around the country and has often been a spot for prospects to annouce where they will be playing their college football.
In 2010, Blake Lueders of Zionsville on future Stanford defensive lineman was the lone selection from the state.
Famous names from past games include Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, former Florida and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, and Detroit Lions lineman Ndamukong Suh.
Harris is well known for his ability to excell on the football and basketball floor and is considered one of the biggest recruits in the state for both sports in the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
Pearson is new to central Indiana, having transferred from Seneca High School near Louisville for his senior season. The defensive lineman had verbally committed to Louisville, but has reopened his recruitment.
Meador is a 6-foot-7, 305 pound offensive lineman and according to Scout.com has offers from Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky.
Another in the line of quarterbacks from the Kiel family, Gunner has had a wide range of offers from the Big Ten to the SEC, but has yet to choose a school. His brother, Dusty, is currently a quarterback at Indiana.
Of the more than 440 nominees, 90 are ultimately selected and invited to the Bowl. The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Player finalists along with All-American Marching Band musicians will be selected nationwide throughout the fall, with the Selection Tour ending in early December.