State’s top offensive lineman commits to U.S. Army Bowl, Cincinnati area with five All-Americans

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Cincinnati St. Xavier OL Matt James

No one can ever doubt the abundance of football talent present in the 2010 class from the Cincinnati. The headlines the past few weeks can certainly validate that as commitments to the Under Armour All-America Game and U.S. Army All-American Bowl have started quickly. St. Xavier offensive lineman Matt James is the latest.


No one can ever doubt the abundance of football talent present in the 2010 class from the Cincinnati.

The headlines the past few weeks can certainly validate that as commitments to the Under Armour All-America Game and U.S. Army All-American Bowl have started quickly.

While the 2009 season is still months away, Ohio High Magazine’s top three college prospects in the 2010 class have committed to play in all-star games next January.

On Monday, West Chester Lakota West junior linebacker Jordan Hicks accepted the invitation to the third annual Under Armour All-America Game which will be played Jan. 2, 2010 and televised live on ESPN.

Hicks (6-2, 210), who has offers that include Texas, Ohio State, Southern California, Alabama, LSU Georgia, Florida and Cincinnati among several others, is clearly the star of the 2010 class. He is rated Ohio’s No. 1 overall prospect by Ohio High Magazine. According to the Pulse Journal, Hicks has reportedly narrowed his list to about 15 schools. His goal is to have the top 10 list by spring break, which begins April 6 for the Lakota School District.

“We’ll see if it happens,” Lakota West coach Larry Cox told the Pulse Journal. “It’s tough.”

Hicks is the rare player who had invitations to both prestigious all-star games. He is the first Ohio player from the 2010 class to commit to the Under Armour game.

The decision was obviously a difficult one, but he’s definitely looking forward to the Sunshine State in the winter.

“It is easier for my family to get to Florida,” Hicks said. “Plus my mom, sister, and niece will be able to visit Disney. It is going to be a great experience for all of us.”

Cox has also been invited to coach in the Under Armour game, but his role is still to be determined.

Hicks’ teammate, Lakota West junior TE Alex Smith (6-5, 230) is among others being considered for the all-star game.

“He is in the player pool and they are going to study his film,” Cox said. “He’s talked to Tom Lemming about the Army game and Bill Conley about the Under Armour game. It’s now in their hands. The tough thing is to tell a teenager is that all you can do is wait and see.”

The Queen City has three commitments to the U.S. Army game, including St. Xavier junior offensive lineman Matt James (6-8, 280), who officially committed this morning.

Cincinnati Anderson junior OL Andrew Norwell (6-6, 271) and Cincinnati Princeton junior QB Spencer Ware (5-11, 220) gave commitments to the game in March. The U.S. Army game will be Jan. 9, 2010 at San Antonio’s Alamodome and televised live on NBC.

Norwell, who has orally committed to Ohio State Feb. 4, is rated the No. 3 player in Ohio by Ohio High Magazine.

Ware, one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the state, has offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Duke, Virginia, Wisconsin and others.

James is the first St. Xavier player to play in the U.S. Army game. He is undoubtedly in a rare class and among the top players ever to wear the Bombers’ uniform.

“Matt’s very honored to be considered for the game,” St. X coach Steve Specht told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s the best thing about Matt – he is incredibly humble and honestly works as hard as he can every day to get better. I think the selection is a no-brainer simply because he is a tremendous talent, but he’s an even better kid.”

James, who is rated the No. 2 player in the state by Ohio High Magazine, visited Notre Dame last weekend. He has several offers including Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Duke, Michigan, Stanford, Akron. LSU, Penn State, Florida State and Miami (Fla.).

“James is a tremendous tackle prospect,” Bucknuts.com recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said in the Winter Issue of Ohio High Magazine.

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