The second-year game will take place Jan. 4 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. It will be broadcast on the NFL Network.
According to a release, players are chosen for the game based on “academic excellence, proven physical fitness, and quality of character.”
Supported by the U.S. Marine Corps — semper fidelis, Latin for “always faithful,” has been the Marines’ motto since the 19th century — the game will bring together 100 of the nation’s best high school football players in an East-vs.-West matchup.
“I have the utmost respect for this, as well as the other military service bowl games,” Lassiter coach Jep Irwin said. “There probably aren’t any finer organizations in the world besides our armed forces, and it’s a great honor for Eddie to be associated with this one. He’s really deserving of this, and it’s a testament to the consistency he has shown as a player and a person throughout his career, and to how he’s played at a high level.”
While having to sift through several scholarship offers since having a previous commitment with UCLA rescinded, Printz is once again putting up impressive numbers in the 2012 season.
Printz has completed 68 of 99 passes for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns, to just two interceptions, and he’s led Lassiter to a 4-0 start and No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press Class AAAAAA state rankings.
The senior is also bidding to become the state’s all-time leading passer. With six games and a potential playoff push remaining, he has 6,868 career yards, trailing Metter’s Zach Stanford, who threw for 9,062 yards from 2001-04.
Before Friday’s Region 5AAAAAA game with Woodstock at Frank Fillmann Stadium, Printz will be presented with his jersey in a ceremony on the field.
“The local Marine Corps recruiting office will be here to personally hand a jersey to Eddie,” Irwin said. “That’s a pretty neat deal, I think, for everyone to see. His selection as a person and as a player for this honor really says a lot about him.”