Rockaway, N.J. - The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl Selection Committee has narrowed down its list of nominees to five finalists for the prestigious 2014 General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award, and one of the five is Miami standout James Cook - the brother of Florida State University freshman phenom Dalvin Cook.
The General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award is given to the Nation’s most outstanding youth football player. General Dennis D. Cavin, one of the instrumental persons in the creation of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, has been a longtime supporter of developing young men through the game of football. The General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award will be recognized at the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 in Naples, Florida. The winner will be presented with a trophy at the FBU National Championship desk located at Naples High School.
"The nominated players exhibit exemplary direction as they transition from their youth football careers to high school. Their proven leadership defines the Dennis D. Cavin award. The character traits General Cavin displayed throughout his career are a proven guide for these young men to continue," said Erik Richards, national recruiting director.
Past years recipients include Sony Michel from University of Georgia, Shane Simmons committed to Penn State University, and Dylan Moses committed to LSU.
The five finalists for the 2015 Retired General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award are the following:
Cameron Coleman, Wide Receiver/Athlete, Maryland Heights, MO Cameron is pound for pound an all-around ball player. During his 8th grade campaign, he managed to compile 12 touchdowns, three interceptions, and over 2,000 all-purpose yards. Coleman’s warrior style heart, played in the 2014 Battle In Rocky Top national tournament in Knoxville, TN, with a lung infection and managed to carry his team to their 2nd straight national title by scoring all the teams touchdowns over the weekend. Cameron was offensive MVP in the 2014 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. Coleman can get it done on and off the field, while managing a 3.0 GPA along with all of his football accolades.
James Cook, Running Back, Miami, FL James is the #1 ranked player in the country by Youth1. Cook helped lead the South Florida 7th grade team to a FBU National Championship as a two way standout last year. National Championships run in the family as his brother Florida State University freshman Dalvin Cook won the 6A Florida High School Championship in 2013 with Miami Central.
JT Daniels, Quarterback, Irvine, CA JT led the Inland Empire Ducks to a 12-0 record and their 1st ever #1 National Ranking for a Midget team. The #2 overall player in the class of 2019 Rated by Youth1, he passed for 2,568 yards and 36 TD’s with a 68% completion percentage. JT also ran for 584 yards and another seven touchdowns His hard work also pays off in the class room as he maintains a 3.88 GPA.
Owen Pappoe, Athlete, Grayson, GA Owen had an amazing season for the Grayson Rams. Owen carried the ball 23 times for 616 yards and scored five touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 531 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Owen created havoc for opposing offenses. He tallied 50 tackles, 21 for a loss, 17 quarterback sacks and three interceptions. Owen had a 73 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, five punt returns for 215 yards and one touchdown and a 40 yard fumble return for a touchdown. This is also only Owens second season playing tackle football.
KJ Wallace, Athlete, Atlanta, GA Posted video game numbers during his final middle school season, Wallace contributed at all skills positions this year, for his 6-1 Lovett Lions, while resetting all previous school records. Posting an astonishing 1,982 total yards from scrimmage, Wallace scored 25 of his team’s 30 total touchdowns. Defensively, he tallied 59 tackles from the safety/corner position, forced seven fumbles, and recorded four interceptions. Academically KJ is an Honor Roll student posting a 3.84 GPA, while serving as his Class President.
James Cook (Miami-Dade County), Owen Pappoe (GFL), and KJ Wallace (GFL) are still in the running for the 2014 National Championship in Naples. Broward County will be facing off against West Palm Beach and GFL will be facing off against Kentucky on December 13th at Buford Youth Sports Complex in Buford, GA. If both teams advance they will be playing each other December 14th at 2pm at Buford Youth Sports Complex.
Now in its sixth year, the two Eastbay Youth All-American Bowls pit the country’s top 7th and 8th grade football talent against each other in two East versus West format all-star games taking place on Saturday, December 20th at Naples High School in Naples, Florida. These games have seen outstanding talent come through its ranks, including past and present U.S. Army All-Americans; Sony Michel, Todd Kelly, Christian McCaffrey, Tristen Hoge, Zach Okun, T.J. Rahming, Brady White, and Khalil McKenzie.
All American Games (AAG), a sports management and marketing company, is the owner and producer of the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. AAG produces and manages many of the nation’s premier high school and youth sporting events, including the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, the U.S. Army National Combine, Football University (FBU), the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, and the FBU National Championships.
All American Games reaches millions of youth and high school athletes annually, through AAG’s numerous events and properties. Each year, athletes across North America enhance their specific sports abilities and raise their level of play through the elite instruction and training received through All American Games. In total, AAG boasts 300 NFL Draftees, 72 First-Rounder’s and one overall No. 1 pick.