Blount, an eighth grader at Lovinggood Middle School in Powder Springs who plays wide receiver for the Hawks, is expected to play the same position for the 8th-grade Unlimited East team.
“It’s really a blessing for me to be selected to play in this game,” Blount said. “I’m truly honored to be considered one of the top players in the nation in my age group and to have this opportunity to showcase my talent. Recognition like this just makes me want to continue to work hard.”
According to a release, the event pits the nation’s top youth talent of 7th and 8th graders against one another in an all-star format.
Webcast live on www.footballuniversity.org and www.allamericangames.tv, the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl consists of two East vs. West all-star games, one for the top 35 seventh graders with no weight limit, and a second game focusing on the top 35 eighth graders with no weight limit.
This is not Blount’s first Eastbay All-American Bowl selection. Last year, the 6-foot-2 talented wideout was part of the victorious 7th grade East team that topped the West 30-14 in the Alamodome.
East led 23-0 at halftime, but West rallied to trim the margin to 23-14 in the fourth quarter. Blount, however, contributed in the winning effort, hauling in a reception on third down to extend the drive. His catch eventually led to another touchdown to secure the victory for the East.
“That game was really fun,” Blount said, “and getting the opportunity to play in the Alamodome in San Antonio was really a great atmosphere. I had never played in a stadium like that with so many bleachers. To see my face on the big screen there was really exciting and I’d like to see it up there again this year.”
Blount has a solid chance of making that happen. The 13-year-old has been a big contributor for his Hawks’ team, which is entering the playoffs following a 7-1 regular season record.
Blount has many strengths, including his height, and he tries to use them all to his advantage.
“I ran a 4.6 (second) 40-yard dash, so I think I’m pretty fast,” he said. “I’m tall so I can go up and get the ball high or stretch out to catch balls thrown away from me. I’m strong, so it’s tough for little cornerbacks to guard me. They can’t jam me well at the line of scrimmage, and I think my route running is pretty good too. If there is anything I need to work on right now to improve it’s my footwork.
“We’re having a great season so far in middle school and we finished strong going into the playoffs. Now, I just hope we can keep that going and finish strong in the playoffs.”
Since it began, many of the Bowl game’s top players have received interest from colleges as well as national media attention. The Bowl week consists of practices, skills competitions, and breakout sessions with Hall of Famers, as well as current and former NFL stars and celebrities.
Blount is thankful to have the experience of playing in the Youth All-American Bowl again, and looks forward to the competition.
“Being able to do this again just encourages me to keep working hard and to reach for the top spot in the nation at my position,” he said. “I thank God for the opportunity, and I want to thank my teammates, because I couldn’t do any of this without them.”