Starting Shavers

University of Arkansas commit Marcus Shavers will start at defensive end today in the U.S. Army All American Bowl, which will televised live nationally by NBC and broadcast by XM Satellite Radio.<br><br> The noon game is sponsored in part by and will be played in the Alamodome in San Antonio.<br><br>

SAN ANTONIO - Before heading to this week's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, University of Arkansas commit Marcus Shavers of Allen, Texas, was cognizant of a few things.

"I want to go out there and represent my family, my high school, the City of Allen and the Arkansas Razorbacks to the best of my ability," Shavers said. "I'm going to get it done."

Shavers, a 6-4, 260-pound defensive end, has certainly put himself in position to do so by grabbing a starting nod for the West squad in today's noon game that will feature 76 of the nation's best high school players and televised live nationally by NBC from the Alamodome.

"He's had a great week of practice," noted recruiting analyst Scott Kennedy of, who is a sponsor, official on-line partner and also headed up the selection process for the all-star game. "He's going to be a great one."

He's certainly earned the respect this week as evidenced by the fact he was one of the top 26 players chosen Friday night in a mock draft done by talent evaluators on hand for the week.

Shavers, who committed to Arkansas last summer, has been very vocal this week according to West defensive line coach David White.

"He lets you know he's out there," White said.. "If you don't see him, he's going to let you know. And at this level, talk is OK and he pushes that line a little bit but he backs it up because he's very aggressive every play and works and competes and isn't afraid to mix it up in there and has been doing a very good job for us."

Shavers, who won the Super Athlete Award at last year's national junior combine that is held in conjunction with the contest, will be joined on the West Squad by Fort Smith Southside wideout Slick Shelley.

Shelley (6-4, 180) is considering Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Tulsa as potential places to play in college.

He will not, however, be one of the over 20 players expected to announce their college choice either before, during or after the game in a scene that has become traditional during the previous three years of the game.

"There have been a few people who have been recruiting me for the school they are going to, but I've just laughed it off," Shavers said. "I am totally committed to Arkansas."

The halftime entertainment will be provided by Los Lonely Boys and a special post-game concert will be held by country music artist Darry Worley.

The game will also be carried live by XM Satellite Radio.

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