Dayne Crist (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) participated in the U.S. Army junior combine in January with the hope that he'd have a chance to play in the all-star game after he completed his senior year. Although there are other all-star games that are being built to compete against the U.S Army game, Crist was excited to find out that he'd be heading to San Antonio, Texas this January.
"It's definitely a dream to play in," Crist said when asked about his thoughts on receiving his invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American game. "I'm really excited about it and I can't wait to play in it. Ever since I started playing football it always been a dream of mine.
"I think it's still the premier all-star game. The ESPN game is still in the developing stages. The only game my class has ever known about is the U.S. Army All-American game. It's been embedded in us, because that's what we grew up watching. We've watched it on NBC and we've seen some of the guys that have played in the game showcase their talents. Because of our era I think it's the game that's stuck with us."
Crist had a chance to showcase his talents in a seven-on-seven passing tournament last weekend. Crist went the entire tournament (six games) without throwing an interception.
"There were about 32 teams in the tournament, and we lost in the championship round," Crist explained. "We would have loved to have won the whole thing, but our team is having a pretty good summer. We graduated three starting receivers, so we have four new guys coming in. We're just working on our chemistry, and getting our timing down. The only thing that we're lacking is experience. It's just a matter of these guys stepping up and making plays. I know my guys are going to make catches and they're going to run great routes and get separation from guys. They work real hard. They do a lot of things well. I have all the confidence in the world in my guys."
Crist will be working with his high school teammates all summer. He also will be making a trip to see his future teammates in August.
"I try to stay in touch with the coaches," Crist said. "I talked to coach Polian last week. We scheduled a time for me and my mom to come back out in August. It was just me and my dad when we initially went out, so I want my mom to come out with me. Anthony [McDonald] can't come out then, so he might have to wait to go back out on his official visit."