'13 Army Selection: Josh Banderas

Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest linebacker Josh Banderas earns elite status, by formally accepting an invite to the 2013 U.S. Army All-American game.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Josh Banderas of Lincoln Southwest high school has been selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of 89 other All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound senior is currently rated the No. 23 outside linebacker in the country by FOX Sports NEXT, making him a four-star prospect.

Banderas has already made his verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska, following in his father's footsteps. Tom Banderas was a tight end for the Huskers in the late 80s.

Last season, Banderas was a Nebraska All-Super State player (Lincoln Journal Star), racking up 124 tackles and six sacks, also registering three interceptions.

This season, Lincoln Southwest is 6-3 on the season and looks to avenge a regular season loss to Omaha North in the first round of the Nebraska state playoffs on Friday.

For more than a decade, 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. Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, and Marcus Lattimore all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 39,011 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

- Originally Published by Josh Harvey -

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