Rahway Athlete To Play In Nationally Televised Football Game

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RAHWAY — Rahway’s Brandon Napoleon, the quarterback of St. Peter’s Prep High School, has been selected to play in the Semper Fidelis High School All-American Bowl in January.

Junior Rank Sports recently unveiled the names of the first round of players to commit to the highly-anticipated inaugural event. The East versus West matchup, presented in partnership with the United States Marine Corps, will feature 100 of the nation’s most highly recruited and elite high school football players. The game is slated to take place on Jan. 3, 2012 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m.

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“The players selected represent not only impressive athletic talent, but strong character, commitment and academic performance,” said Shaon Berry, Semper Fidelis Bowl Founder and CEO of Junior Rank Sports. “Although we’re showcasing these young men on the football field, we’re also setting the precedent that off-the-field performance is equally as important.”

“I’ve been watching and evaluating high school athletics for decades now and the Semper Fidelis Bowl combines the best on the field and off the field talent,” said Tom Lemming, renowned recruiting Analyst for CBS Sports Network and Chair of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl selection committee. “The talent we’re proud to announce committing to the Semper Fidelis Bowl is simply astounding. The athletic prowess paired with the Marines’ core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment makes all of these young men top-notch players to watch.”

One of these talented players is Napoleon, who has committed to West Virginia University. He is one of the top 30 players in the state, and one of the top-rated players in the country by Scout.com and Rivals.

It was a busy, but impressive off-season for Napoleon. He attended several national QB camps / combines in which he competed with some of the top quarterbacks in the country and was rated in the Top 3 in each camp or combine. Napoleon attended the Rivals 5-Star Showcase, ESPN Elite – 11 QB Showcase at Penn State, Nike Showcase at Rutgers, The Army All-American Combine in Texas, and the Junior Rank Diamond Flight Camp in Pa.

“It is an honor to be selected to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. I’ve always wanted to be a high school All-American. When I first started playing Pop Warner Football for Rahway, I would see the high school All-American games on T.V. with my father,” said Napoleon.

The St. Peter’s QB had offers from top college programs from around the country. Napoleon decided to commit to West Virginia University on June 18, the day before Father’s Day, giving his father an early Father’s Day gift. “My father said, that was the best Father’s Day gift a son could give his father.”

Eugene Napoleon was a standout running back for the Mountaineers in the mid-80s and was part of one of the greatest college football team’s of all time. The 1988 undefeated 11-0 West Virginia football team that played Notre Dame for the National.


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