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DPS Office of Athletics
King High seniors Donnie Corley and Lavert Hill were honored at a school ceremony Tuesday in recognition of their selection to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The game, scheduled for Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, features 90 of the top high school football players in the country – notably four from the Detroit Public School League — and will be televised live on NBC.
“It means a lot to be able to play in front of the country,” said Corley, a 6-3, 185-pound wide receiver and defensive back. “I want to show out for Detroit. We don’t get a whole lot of credit, but this is a good opportunity to show what we can do.”
“All the hard work is paying off,’’ said Hill, a 5-10, 175-pound defensive back and wide receiver. “It’s a big honor to play for the Army and support them like they support us.”
The Crusaders’ pair of All-Americans join Cass Tech’s senior free safety Demetric Vance and senior lineman Michael Onwenu on the select squad.
“It’s great for our program to have two All-Americans and having four from the PSL is even greater,’’ King coach Dale Harvel said. “We’re the only urban area in the country with that many All-Americans from one league.”
Hill was at Cass Tech until transferring to King prior to this season. Although his older brother, Delano, was a former Technician and now plays at Michigan, Lavert has chosen to verbally commit to Penn State.
“I wanted to do something different,’’ he said. “The coaches at Penn State showed me a lot of love, and the fans there are crazy.”
Corley, ranked the state’s No. 1 player by several media outlets, remains uncommitted. But he raised some eyebrows Tuesday by wearing an Ohio State hoodie before he and Hill posed for pictures in their bright yellow All-American jerseys.
“It doesn’t mean anything,’’ Corley said of his Buckeyes’ attire. “I’m still not close to making my decision. I’m just waiting it out. I want to be sure that I’m 100 per cent certain of my choice.”