US Army Bowl nominees include 7 area prospective football recruits

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US Army Bowl nominees include 7 area prospective football recruits

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Springfield Leonard Taylor tries to avoid a tackle by Xenia’s Zahir Woodard as he carries the ball. Bill Lackey/Staff

Two players each from Dunbar and Fairfield are among the area nominees for the 2018 US Army All-American Bowl.

Four-star receiver Joseph Scates and four-star running back Tavion Thomas represent the Wolverines while five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman and four-star defensive end Malik Vann are the Indians in the running.

Also nominated for the prestigious game are Marion Local offensive lineman John Dirksen, Springfield defensive end/tight end Leonard Taylor and Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith.

Vann has committed to Cincinnati while Dirksen is going to Notre Dame.

In all there are 400 nominees, including 19 from Ohio.

Ohio State verbal commitments Dallas Gant (Toledo St. John’s) and Jaelen Gill (Westerville South) are also nominated.

The lone representative from the area last year was Josh Myers, a five-star offensive tackle from Miamisburg who signed with Ohio State.

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