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Humphries joins roster for Army All-American Bowl

Add another accomplishment to DeMarcus ("D.J".) Humphries' growing list.

Last week, Mallard Creek's standout offensive lineman was named as the East Coast early representative for the Army All-American Bowl, a nationally acclaimed all-star game to be played Jan. 7 in San Antonio.

The game picks three players to be their early selections and Humphries was chosen as to represent the East Coast.

In all, 90 of the best high school players compete in the game, which has featured numerous future NFL stars, including Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, DeSean Jackson, Ndamukong Suh, Reggie Bush and current Panthers Jonathan Stewart, Greg Olsen, Dan Connor, Jimmy Clausen and Derek Andersen.

Army All-Americans are eligible to win a number of national honors, including the Army Player of the Year Award. Participants also become eligible for the Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year Award, the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award, the Pete Dawkins Game MVP Award, and the Felix "Doc" Blanchard and Glenn Davis Awards.

Humphries was presented his game jersey on Tuesday by representatives from the United States Army, who included a few high-ranking officials.

"It's a big honor having a general come out just to present me with a jersey," Humphries said. "The whole opportunity is such a great honor."

Humphries, considered the nation's third-ranked prospect by Rivals.com, was presented his game jersey in front of his family, teammates, head coach Mike Palmieri and school and CMS officials.

"It's a little surreal," Humphries said. "But I mean it was deserved, with all of the hard work I put in over the years and all the stuff I've done."

Humphries, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman who runs a 4.92 40-yard dash, is a five-star recruit who has committed to Florida. He received offers from some of the top college programs in the country, including Auburn, Tennessee, Clemson and South Carolina, which were the five finalists for his school choice.

Humphries started his high school career as a tight end but was moved to defensive end early, and then to the offensive line. He has flourished since making the move and has not allowed a sack in more than two seasons.

He has helped lead the Mavericks to a 7-0 record by protecting quarterback Andrew Goodman and opening huge running lanes for star tailback Jela Duncan.

"He may be the most athletic offensive lineman in the country," said Barry Every of Rivals.com. "Humphries is a natural hip and knee bender and he has the feet to get downfield and make that extra block."

Palmieri, who will accompany Humphries to San Antonio for the game, said that it is not just physical size and athleticism that sets Humphries apart.

"He hasn't given up a sack in two years and is the hardest worker I've ever been around. He does it all and has great God-given talent that he continues to improve with his work ethic. He's easily a five-star kid," Palmieri said.

Once the Army contacted him about playing in its annual game, he decided quickly to play in the game.

"It really wasn't that much talking," Humphries said. "As soon as they offered me, I pretty much knew that was the game for me."

"They're the people that protect our country," he said. "It was hard to turn down."

Humphries comes from an athletic family. His father, also called D.J., was a basketball and football star growing up in Union, S.C. Humphries will leave Mallard Creek in January and enroll at Florida early.

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