In a dazzling display of talent at The Star in Frisco, Ohio State tight end commit Damarion Witten emerged as the MVP of the U.S. Army Bowl on Monday night. Despite his Black team’s loss to the Gold team in a high-scoring affair, Witten’s performance was nothing short of spectacular.
Hailing from Glenville High School in Cleveland, the four-star prospect showcased why the Buckeye faithful are so eagerly anticipating his arrival. He caught four passes for 96 yards and scored three touchdowns. Witten’s outstanding contribution on the field added another layer to his already impressive senior season, where he played a pivotal role in leading Glenville to its second consecutive state championship.
The Army Bowl MVP honor marks a fitting conclusion to Witten’s high school football journey, setting the stage for his next chapter after having signed with Ohio State on National Signing Day.
Damarion Witten – A problem for Safeties, a nightmare for Linebackers. An offensive weapon that creates mismatches across the field. This Cleveland, OH native just needs to hit I-71 south to CBUS to make his massive presence felt. Welcome to THE Brotherhood Damarion.… pic.twitter.com/d8uNyz7TWS
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The game itself, positioned as the first national high school all-star game of the year, continued the tradition of the U.S. Army Bowl in providing a platform for emerging talents to shine before venturing into their collegiate careers. Despite the offensive fireworks on the field, the event was not just about the game but also about showcasing the incredible journey these young athletes have undertaken.
Damarion Witten’s MVP recognition encapsulates his commitment to excellence, both as an athlete and a leader on and off the field. Glenville head coach, Ted Ginn, who was in attendance at the Army Bowl, speaks very highly of his dynamic, playmaking tight end.
“It was never a doubt who he was, what he could do,” Ginn said. “He’s a freak of nature. And they don’t come that often.”
Ginn even went as far as to compare him to Travis Kelce. And from what we’ve seen in the Army Bowl, the comparison may be spot on.
While the game was a thrilling spectacle, Witten’s story extends far beyond this one night. His dynamic skills, demonstrated in various positions from quarterback, to defensive end, and even as a kicker, paint a portrait of a player capable of transforming the college football landscape. Ginn recognizes Witten as a rare talent, placing him in the esteemed company of past Glenville greats.
Witten’s journey to Ohio State was marked by a close relationship with the coaching staff, particularly tight ends coach Keenan Bailey. The commitment to the Buckeyes came after camping with the team and forming bonds with the coaching staff. With Ohio State securing Witten’s commitment, the anticipation now turns to his impact at the collegiate level.
As Damarion Witten prepares to sign with Ohio State during the early signing period, the U.S. Army Bowl MVP award adds a significant chapter to his legacy. The Signing Day Sports family is proud to have played a role in the success of this incredible event as the official national recruiting partner of the U.S. Army Bowl. As we celebrate the achievements of Damarion Witten, we look forward to witnessing the bright future that awaits him and his fellow athletes.