East Lake offensive lineman Mason Cole and receiver Artavis Scott, two of the top recruits in the nation, each were presented with jerseys for their selection to play in the Army All-American Bowl during an assembly attended by the school’s athletes.
The game, considered as one of the premier national high school football showcases, is Jan. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and will be broadcast live nationally on NBC.
Cole, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound left tackle, is rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports and has already committed to Michigan. This season, he has helped the Eagles offense averaged 47 points per game en route to a 9-0 start.
“It’s been an unbelievable day,” Cole said. “The Army All-American people put on a great presentation. My face hurts from taking so many pictures.
"It really is an honor and a blessing to put on this jersey. I think it will be a great learning experience to play alongside other top players and pick up tips from guys who have played professionally.”
Scott, a 5-10, 175-pound athlete, also is rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports and committed to Clemson on national television four months ago. He is the Eagles’ biggest playmaker with 443 yards rushing , 333 receiving and 16 touchdowns.
“When I first walked in the auditorium, I was amazed,” Scott said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. The big thing I want to by playing in this game is to give back because I’m thankful for everything the Army has done for all of us.”
Cole and Scott are the first players from East Lake selected to play in the Army All-American Bowl, now in its 13th year. Those who have played in previous games include Percy Harvin, Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow.
“I’ve been watching this game with my boys for years,” Scott said. “That was one of my goals this year, to have an opportunity to play in this game.”