As the highly anticipated second edition of US Army Bowl Week approaches, it not only promises the intensity of the national combine but also marks the culmination of an extraordinary journey for five exceptional athletes.
Austin Anderson, Tevis Metcalf, James Donald, Gavin Griffin, and Jacob Voss, who once showcased their talents at the Army National Combine in 2022, have now ascended to the pinnacle of high school football achievement—the US Army Bowl itself. Their remarkable journey from combine participants to selected Army Bowl players is a testament to their exceptional skills, unwavering dedication, and the transformative experience that the national combine provides.
This progression serves as an inspirational narrative for aspiring young talents, illustrating the exciting possibilities that await those who, like Anderson, Metcalf, Donald, Griffin, and Voss, seize the opportunity to showcase their abilities on a national stage.
Austin Anderson, a formidable cornerback from Needville High School in Texas, stands tall at 6’4″ and 185 pounds. His prowess extends beyond the football field, showcasing his agility in track and field’s triple jump. With multiple D1 offers, including Tulane and Houston, Anderson’s journey epitomizes the kind of exposure and opportunities that Signing Day Sports can unlock.
Tevis Metcalf, a highly sought-after recruit from Alabama, has committed to Arkansas. The head coach himself, Sam Pittman, visited Metcalf at his home—an indicator of the profound impact he could bring to the Razorbacks. Metcalf’s commitment highlights the crucial blend of athletic prowess, academic excellence, and a sense of belonging, reinforcing the potential for athletes to find their perfect fit through the recruiting process.
.@CoachSamPittman & @CoachSFountain attended future Razorback DB @TevisMetcalf and @CCHSfootbal’s practice this afternoon before heading to Tevis’ home for some serious grub. I’m told in the last pic coach Pitt’s joke had Tevis laughing. #WPS pic.twitter.com/jjgzjeJfum
— Richard Davenport (@ArRecruitingGuy) December 7, 2023
James Donald, a towering Canadian offensive tackle/guard at 6’8″ and 315 pounds, has been making waves across football camps, including those at Indiana University, the University of Buffalo, and Central Michigan University. His dedication to honing his skills demonstrates the value of exposure and opportunities that extend beyond geographical borders. Check out this compilation of Donald from his camps last summer.
Gavin Griffin, the explosive running back from Mississippi, has left an indelible mark on the field, accumulating nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards and an impressive 48 touchdowns. Recognized as the offensive player of the year and “Mr. Football” in the MHSAA 1A football division, Griffin’s success is a sign of what’s to come in Frisco this December 18th, and beyond.
Jacob Voss, a two-time 1st team all-district Nickel/safety from Brandeis High School in Texas, brings versatility and skill to the defensive side of the game. With 85 total tackles and 11 pass breakups in his senior season, Voss has garnered attention from schools like the University of Texas Permian Basin, Colorado School of the Mines, and Trinity University, showcasing the diversity of opportunities that can arise from participating in the national combine.
As these five athletes prepare to take the field at the US Army Bowl, their journeys stand as a testament to the efficacy of the national combine and the impact it can have on an athlete’s trajectory. Signing Day Sports, through its commitment to providing exposure and opportunities, continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the futures of young talents like Anderson, Metcalf, Donald, Griffin, and Voss. Their stories resonate not only as individual successes but also for the next wave of football recruits looking to make their mark at the upcoming National Combine – and potentially next year’s Army Bowl Game.