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Posted by Gracie Blackburn on June 7, 2012

38 of 64 High School Players Selected for Champion Gridiron Kings

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Champion Gridiron Kings, the nation’s elite high school football event featuring 64 of the best skill position players in the country, has chosen the first 38 student athletes invited to participate in the 7-on-7 games, skill challenges and performance training that take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. during the ESPNHS Games.

The top quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties are brought together from July 27-29 and divided into teams based on their region (West, Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest). For the fourth annual year the event, in addition to several other ESPNHS Games, will be televised by ESPNU.

2012 Champion Gridiron Kings Athlete roster highlights as of June 4, 2012:

  • Nine players from Texas, followed by seven from Florida and five from California
  • 14 states currently represented
  • 13 defensive backs, seven wide receivers and six linebackers
PositionPlayerHigh School
RB Dontre Wilson(DeSoto, Texas)
DB Eli Woodard(Eastern; Voorhees, N.J.)
Ath LaQuvionte Gonzalez(Cedar Hill; Texas)
DB Leon McQuay(Armwood; Seffner, Fla.)
DB Priest Willis(Marcos de Niza; Tempe, Ariz.)
WR Ra’Shaad Samples(Skyline; Dallas, Texas)
RB Ryan Green(St. Petersburg Catholic; Fla.)
DB Shaq Wiggins(Sandy Creek; Tyrone, Ga.)
TEAdam Breneman(Cedar Cliff; Camp Hill, Pa.)
RBAlvin Kamara(Norcross, Ga.)
DBCameron Burrows(Trotwood-Madison; Trotwood, Ohio)
DBChris Hawkins(Rancho Cucamonga, Calif)
WRDarrell Daniels(Freedom; Oakley, Calif.)
LBDeon Hollins(Thurgood Marhsall; Missouri City, Texas)
TEDurham Smythe(Belton, Texas)
WREldridge Massington(West Mesquite; Mesquite, Texas)
RBEzekiel Elliot(Burroughs, St. Louis, Mo.)
DBHatari Byrd(Central; Fresno, Calif.)
LBHolland Fisher(Manchester; Midlothian, Va.)
WRJacorey Warrick(Cypress Falls; Houston, Texas)
WRJake Oliver(Dallas Jesuit; Dallas, Texas)
ATHJalin Marshall(Middletown, Ohio)
RBJustin Davis(Lincoln; Stockton, Calif.)
DBKendall Fuller(Good Counsel; Olney, Md.)
WRLaquon Treadwell(Crete-Monee; Crete, Ill.)
LBMatthew Thomas(B.T. Washington; Miami, Fla.)
LBMike Mitchell(Prestonwood Christian Academy; Plano, Texas)
TEO.J. Howard(Autauga Academy; Prattville, Ala.)
DBQuin Blanding (’14)(Bayside; Virginia Beach, Va.)
LBQuinton Powell(Mainlan; Daytona Beach, Fla.)
LBReuben Foster(Auburn, Ala.)
WRRyan Jenkins(Lassiter; Marietta, Ga.)
QBShane Morris(De La Collegiate; Warren, Mich.)
DBSojourn Shelton(Plantation, Fla.)
DBTahaan Goodman(Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
RBTaquan Mizzell(Bayside; Virginia Beach, Va.)
DBVernon Hargreaves(Wharton; Tampa, Fla.)
DBWill Likely(Glades Central, Belle Glade; Fla.)

Previous Gridiron Kings Highlights:

  • 2011 – Southwest team captured the title ending the Southeast two-year run led by MVPs Matt Davis and De’Vante Harris each of whom signed with Texas A&M.
  • 2010 – Every 2010 player is now a NCAA Div. I player
  • 2010 and 2009- The Southeast squad crowned the Gridiron Kings Champions led in 2010 by Florida State University commits, and Champion Gridiron Kings MVPs Nick O’Leary and Karlos Williams.
  • 2009 - Notable players include: Kenny Stills (started every game of 2010 season at Oklahoma) and Christian Bryant (started for Ohio State in 2010 as true freshman)

Additional ESPNHS Games information, along with the final Champion Gridiron Kings roster will be announced at a later date.


ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 350 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries.  Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 270-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including Champion Stadium, the HP Field House, the Jostens Center, the Hess Sports Fields, a track & field facility, a tennis complex and a baseball/softball sportsplex. It is also home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, a real-world testing ground for the ESPN Emerging Technology Group that develops ground-breaking on-air.  In addition, the complex features 56 high-definition cameras and 40 high-definition video screens, including three jumbo screens, which can capture and display footage from any event taking place at the complex.  The camera and video screens, as well as a 20-zone audio system, are controlled through the state-of-the-art HD and 3-D Production Center with direct links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, Conn., New York and Los Angeles.  For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com for press releases, photos and videos.  Follow us on Twitter at @DisneySports and on Facebook.

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ESPNHS Games Presented by GNC
The ESPN HS Games Presented by GNC – a three-week long elite and competitive level event featuring the premier high school sports talent in the country – will take place between from July 9-30 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The ESPNHS Games are anchored by three elite high school sports events: Champion® All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse boys and girls event; the AAU 11th Grade Boys Basketball Super Showcase presented by Champion® and Champion® Gridiron Kings.

In addition, the ESPNHS Games features several competitive events in football, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, basketball, baseball and track & field involving high school athletes from around the country. Among those events are AAU U8-U12 National Basketball Championships, the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships, the KSA National Football Summer 7s, the USSSA 16U/18U Fastpitch Softball World Series and the USSSA 18U National Baseball Championships. For more information visit www.espnhs.com/hsgames

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