Juandarius Roberts of Wayne County High School has been selected as a 2017 U.S. Army All-American, joining an elite group who will perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All- American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
“Being a successful band member not only requires great skill, but also a commitment to teamwork,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “And similar to all Army Soldiers, these students have proven to be incredibly versatile and mentally and physically nimble. We are proud to honor all of our talented 2017 U.S. Army All- American Marching Band members and commend each of them on their selection to this elite group.”
The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band recognizes the top 125 high school senior marching musicians and color guard members from across the country, showcasing their talents during the largest celebration of high school football in America, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, televised live on NBC at noon (CST) on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.
For 17 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Former Wayne County player Jerrell Powe played in the 2005 game. Andrew Luck, Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Peterson, Adrian Peterson 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.
Each year the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour visits the high school of each All-American player and band member to officially recognize and announce their selection to the Bowl. Roberts will be honored on Thursday, October 13, at WCHS.