"I got to see both of these players play in the Ohio vs. the USA Classic last month," said Scott Kennedy of Scout.com. "Trattou is a high motor guy that is also a terrific athlete that disrupts plays sideline to sideline on defense. Simms is a heady quarterback that should fit well into Bobby Petrino's system at Louisville."
Since its inception, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been a key launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. Trattou and Simms join the likes of Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Brady Quinn, and Adrian Peterson who all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
"Justin Trattou is considered the top defensive lineman in the east," said Garrett Shea, Director of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "He dominates almost every player he goes up against with his long arms, quick feet, strength, determination, and relentless style of play. He gets off blocks well, showing great ability to rush the passer as well as stop the run. He has a nonstop motor, and offensive linemen will have to be on the top of their game every play in order to have a chance. Justin Trattou is an excellent all-around athlete and the Bowl is proud to have him join the U.S. Army All-American class of 2007."
"Matt Simms ranks as of the nation's top signal callers," said Garrett Shea, Director of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "Like his father (Phil Simms) and brother (Chris Simms), Matt has a great arm and a wonderful ability to complete passes at a high percentage. He shows good arm strength and accuracy in the pocket as well as on the rollout. In addition, he is a great leader and shows true poise on the field. Matt Simms is a tremendous athlete and the Bowl is proud to have him join the U.S. Army All-American class of 2007."
As U.S. Army All-Americans, Justin Trattou and Matt Simms will have the opportunity during Bowl week to participate in a series of Army leadership and teamwork sessions, NFL athlete seminars, study hall sessions, and goal setting and achieving workshops.
Sophomore Cardinal defensive lineman Earl Heyman is the last U of L pledge to participate in the U.S. Army All-American game.
Mark Barnes, Luther Davis, Jamar Jackson, D'Angelo McCray, and Weslye Saunders are among the additional Louisville recruiting targets that are under consideration for the prestigious honor.