Stratford High School quarterback Jacob Park has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, one of the nation’s premier high school all-star football games.
The game is set for 1 p.m. Jan. 4, 2014, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and will be televised on NBC.
Park, a 6-3, 200-pound senior, committed to Georgia last month, choosing the Bulldogs over Alabama and Virginia Tech. He passed for 2,239 yards and 24 touchdowns for Stratford last year, and recently finished fifth in the Elite 11 camp in Eugene, Oregon.
Stratford coach Ray Stackley said the commitment to Georgia has taken a lot of pressure off his quarterback.
“He’s a changed kid,” Stackley said today. “He’s glad it’s over with and satisfied with is decision. Being able to go to Eugene and compete without having to worry about that was a big burden off of him.”
Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer broke down each of the Elite 11 quarterbacks in an article for 24/7 Sports.
“He is immensely talented, really bright. Once it’s explained to him, he sees it,” Dilfer wrote of Park. “He takes in information really well. He’s so talented that he gets away with some stuff. I tell him that he can get away with it 6 out of 10 times, but does he want to get it 10 out of 10 times? He needs to not rely on his athleticism so much. He’s got all the tools. If he gets the lonely stuff, the things you do alone, he’ll be a winner.”