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January 2, 2010

Rivals.com set for exclusive Army Bowl coverage

MORE: Top 2011 recruits Army Bowl bound | All-star coverage | Army All-American Bowl coverage

SAN ANTONIO - For the third consecutive year, Rivals.com will be your home for exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Rivals.com will have almost two dozen reporters and analysts in San Antonio. This year, you can expect:

In-depth analysis from the entire Rivals.com recruiting team all week.

Breaking recruiting news.

Video features and interviews from the Rivals.com AMP staff.

In-depth player features

Live locker room chats before the game

The Army Bowl has featured many of the nation's best high school players for the past 10 years. Past alumni of the bowl include Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Rey Maualuga, Vernon Davis, Chris Long, Jonathan Stewart, Kenny Phillips, Mark Sanchez, Ted Ginn Jr. , Tim Tebow, C.J. Spiller, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Clausen, Noel Devine and Terrelle Pryor.

In addition to more than 400 NCAA athletes, the game has more than 90 alumni currently playing in the NFL - included five starting quarterbacks.
This year's game will definitely carry on that strong tradition.

These appear to be the deepest and most talented rosters in the game's history. All seven of the nation's top-ranked players according to Rivals.com are scheduled to participate, including Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson and Hillside (Ill.) Proviso West receiver Kyle Prater - the nation's top two players.

Coverage kicks off Sunday when the players arrive. Rivals.com will be there exclusively to talk with the players as they land in San Antonio. We'll have a live message board blog with notes, news, recruiting tidbits and other key information. There will also be plenty of recruiting updates, photos and analyst Barry Every will share with us his all-lobby team.

Practices kick off Monday, and Rivals.com will have live on-field updates throughout the day, along with analyst Mike Farrell's perspective what's happening. The Rivals analysts will also break down the players of the day and the top prospects' daily performances.

There will be more of the same on Tuesday, but Wednesday is when the teams head to the Alamodome for a live scrimmage. Rivals.com will be there providing coverage of the day's events.

Wednesday starts off with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Skills Challenge. That has always turned into one of the week's most exciting events. The players do their best to outclass their peers with challenges of speed, agility and strength. At 1:45 p.m. is when the intra-squad scrimmages start, and you can expect live updates direct from the field and then a full recap of who looked good - and who may have struggled.

Thursday is when the top junior prospects in the nation begin to arrive in San Antonio and register for the U.S. Army Combine. Rivals.com will have reporters at the Hyatt Regency interviewing the top juniors and passing along any breaking recruiting news. Along with the exclusive announcements of the starting lineups on Rivals.com, practices will also be going on all day and you can expect full coverage from those events as well.

Friday's focus is on the class of 2011, as the U.S. Army Combine starts at 8 a.m. and continues throughout the evening leading up to Saturday's game.

Saturday is game day, and Rivals.com will be live on the field and in the locker rooms at the Alamodome. Rivals.com reporters will be hosting live chats from inside the locker rooms, and then Every, Farrell, Barton Simmons, Greg Ladky and Jeremy Crabtree will be providing their thoughts from the field during the game with a live message board blog.

Following the game, Rivals.com will break down the players from both rosters and name its Army Combine MVP and All-Combine Team.
In the days after the game, we'll hand out awards and determine our final individual rankings for the 2010 class.



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