Franklin High School football player Steven Smothers during practice.
Franklin High School football player Steven Smothers during practice. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Gilman's Ellison Jordan and Devery Hamilton, Franklin's Steven Smothers and McDonogh's Eric Burrell were among 400 players from across the country nominated to play in the US Army All-American Bowl in January.

The list, which includes 14 players from Maryland, will be trimmed to 90 for the annual East-West showdown Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antoinio. The selection tour will begin in September and run through December as the finalists are presented their jerseys at school pep rallies.

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Jordan, a defensive lineman; Smothers, an athlete who played wide receiver, cornerback and returnman; and Burrell a safety who also played wide receiver, were first-team All-Metro players last fall. Like his three peers, Hamilton, an offensive lineman, is also one of the most highly recruited players in the Class of 2016.

Jordan, Hamilton and Burrell led their teams to a share of the MIAA A Conference championships last fall. Smothers led the Indians to their second straight Class 3A state championship with four touchdowns in the title game.

Also nominated from Maryland: tight end Devante Brooks and defensive lineman Terrel Hall, St. John's; offensive lineman Terrance Davis, wide receiver Tino Ellis and defensive lineman Shane Simmons, DeMatha; athlete Trevon Diggs, Avalon;  linebacker Dele' Harding, Eastern Christian; quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Bullis, linebacker Keandre Jones, Good Counsel; and quarterback Ramar Williams, Bishop McNamara.

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