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Wed. August 24, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Jefferson senior defensive end Tyriq McCord, one of the nation's top defensive line prospects, has decided he will play in next year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, coach Jeremy Earle said Wednesday.

The game, seen as the top national high school football showcase game, will take place on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Alamodome and will be broadcast live nationally on NBC.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound McCord, who led Hillsborough County with 18.5 sacks for the Class 3A state champion Dragons, received invitations from both the U.S. Army game and the Under Armour All-American Game.

He's the second Tampa Bay area player to commit to this year's event, joining Land O' Lakes tight end Kent Taylor. Also, Plant coach Robert Weiner has been tabbed to coach the East Team.

Armwood running back Matt Jones, who also received invitations to both games, has yet to announce his plans. Another top prospect, Berkeley Prep's Nelson Agholor, has committed to the Under Armour game, which has been played locally at Tropicana Field the past two years.

Local prospects have excelled in recent All-American games. Former Alonso defensive end Anthony Chickillo, now a freshman at Miami, was his team's MVP in this past year's Under Armour game, while ex-Plant star and current FSU freshman James Wilder Jr. scored the game-winning touchdown in last year's U.S. Army All-American Game.

According to Rivals.com, which helps choose players for the game, McCord is ranked the 13th best recruit in Florida and the 60th overall prospect. Labeled a four-star recruit, he's ranked the seventh-best weakside defensive end in the nation.

On Tuesday, McCord announced his top six schools were, in no specific order, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Southern Cal, TCU and Miami.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam

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