US Army All Americans Take Afternoon Off

San Antonio, Tex. – The two squads that will take the field tomorrow in the 2007 US Army All-American Bowl had the afternoon off after a busy week. Nearly 80 of America's top high school players will meet on the turf inside the Alamo Dome in a game that will be carried live nationally on NBC with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. (CST).

On Friday morning over 600 high school juniors and sophomores were on hand participating in the US Army National Combine presented by Reebok. A number of those players indicated that Oregon has expressed interest in them including Gerell Robinson, 6-3, 210, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton HS. Robinson caught everyone's eye with his 4.49 speed, size and hands. The young Arizona native indicated that Coach Gary Crowton has been in contact with him since his sophomore year in high school.

Vaughn Dotsy, 6-5, 345, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure HS, who could end up as one of the most sought after big men in the country next year was not at the camp but his coach Jon Mack was. While official offers can not yet be made, Mack, is certain that Oregon will send an offer letter to his player. Mack indicated that Steve Greatwood has been recruiting Dotsy.

Mack is the West squad's head coach for the 2007 US Army All-American game.

Oregon's sole verbal commitment to date at the game, Myles Wade took the afternoon off as did another player that will announce his decision on Saturday, Simi Fili.

Brandon Huffman, a regional recruiting analyst for Scout.com indicated that Wade started off slowly in the week but picked up steam as the practice sessions went along. Huffman describes Wade as a player with great strength and a very low center of gravity. Fili and Wade have spent a fair amount of time together during the week building a friendship that many believe will continue as it is felt among those along the sidelines that Fili will don a Duck hat sometime during the televised game.

"He's the heart and soul of this team," Huffman said of Fili. "Not only in a good natured sense but also as a leader. He has been constantly double-teamed during the practice sessions and is just a huge presence."

Wade and Fili have been a tandem during the week while running as the "twos" during practice behind Brian Price and Andre Jones. Duck fans may be in store for a very unique glimpse into the future of Oregon football, as the two defensive linemen will see playing time together during the game.

The game is in its seventh year and has produced some of the biggest names in the NFL and college ranks including Reggie Bush, Vince Young and Haloti Ngata. Two current Ducks, Jonathan Stewart and Cameron Colvin are also alumnus of the all-star game.

Kickoff for the game is scheduled at 12 noon (Central Time) and will be carried live on NBC.

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