Cincinnati LaSalle WR DeVier Posey can now add All-American honors to his football résumé. The Ohio State recruit received a nomination play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Tuesday morning in front of the LaSalle student body, teachers and family with an appearance by special guest Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro WR Chad Johnson.
Matt Natali was on hand and has more.
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati LaSalle WR DeVier Posey can now add All-American honors to his football résumé.
The Ohio State recruit received a nomination play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Tuesday morning in front of the LaSalle student body, teachers and family with an appearance by special guest Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro WR Chad Johnson.
“It is a little overwhelming,” Posey said. “I knew the presentation was coming but you don’t really know how big it is until the time comes. It is such an honor.
“But I haven’t gotten here without a lot of people helping me. The coaches, my mom – she is my biggest supporter and keeps me going everyday – my family members and my teammates,” he added.
“Opportunities like this come up and all you’ve got to do is just smile big.”
Posey with Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro WR Chad Johnson
Johnson addressed the audience after Posey officially received his nomination.
“I want to thank everybody who had anything to do with supporting ‘DP’ and his success – coaches, staff, family and anyone who had an influence on his life.
Posey first met Johnson last summer at Bengals training camp.
“He told me he liked my game and likes what I do,” Johnson said. “But he said one thing wrong. He said, ‘I want to be just like you.’ I stopped him and I told him he didn’t want to be just like me, he wanted to be better than me.
“He is two steps ahead of me at this time in my life. At his age, I didn’t have the opportunity to play in a game like this. I wasn’t good enough and I was a late bloomer. He is on the right path as far as being dedicated to what he does and works hard at it.”
Posey is the second LaSalle gridder to receive a nomination to the All-American Bowl in as many years following DE Ben Martin, now at the University of Tennessee.
“We’ve got a good program and we are one of the top five teams in Cincinnati, which is one of the best football areas in Ohio,” LaSalle head coach Tom Grippa said. “We’re proud of what we do here and we just keep working at it.
“It’s been fun and it has been rewarding for me as a coach and I’m looking forward to keep doing it. It is why I come to work everyday.”
Grippa received an invitation during the ceremony to the 2008 U.S. Army Coaches Academy featuring an on-field clinic with coaches from the NFL and NCAA. He is one of 20 coaches selected nationwide to attend.
Posey (6-3, 180), who is is one of the state’s top senior prospects and is rated as the No. 22 receiver in the country by ESPN.com’s Scouts, Inc., is one of 84 players selected to the All-American Bowl nationwide. From Ohio, Cincinnati Elder TE and Notre Dame recruit Kyle Rudolph as well as Ohio State recruits Mike Adams and Jake Stoneburner of Dublin Coffman and Westerville Central K Ben Buchanan have already received their nominations.
As a junior, Posey was a first team All-Ohio selection with 35 catches for 750 yards and seven touchdowns. He is an early favorite for All-Ohio honors again this year reeling in 48 receptions for 776 yards and eight touchdowns as well as a punt return and an interception return for scores for LaSalle (5-5), which finished 10th in Region 4 missing the playoffs.
“I feel bad it (is over) but it is okay,” Posey said. “I think we had a good season. We worked hard in the offseason and we have some guys going to play football (in college).
“It is time to work now, though. We’ve got to get in the weight room and start training to get ready for the next level. It is a lot of hard work I have to do and I think I am ready for the challenge. I’m excited about it,” he said.
The 8th Annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl is set for Jan. 5, 2008 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.