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Area All-Americans have their game jerseys

Clayton senior quarterback Eric Hoy was selected as a Carolina Panthers’ community captain.
Clayton senior quarterback Eric Hoy was selected as a Carolina Panthers’ community captain. newsobserver.com

Three area standouts have received their official invitations and jerseys for three of the nation’s prep football all-star games that will be played in January.

Johnson is a UA All-American: Cleveland standout defensive linemen Sterling Johnson will play in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game on Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

It will be the seventh playing of the game which has featured NFL standouts Julio Jones, A.J. Green, E.J. Manuel, Luke Joeckel and others in previous years.

Johnson has also signed his letter of intent to attend Clemson on a football scholarship. He will graduate at the semester break and enroll at Clemson for the spring semester.

The game will be broadcast live at 4 p.m. on Jan 2 on ESPN2.

Frasier to U.S. Army Bowl: Princeton senior running back Johnny Frasier was formally invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, during a school assembly Thursday. The game will be played Jan. 3 at the Alamodome and be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m.

Frasier, who has verbally committed to Florida State, is a four-star rated recruit.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl celebrates the premier high school football players in the country. The game has helped launch the spectacular careers of Andrew Luck, LeSean McCoy, Eric Berry, Patrick Peterson, Jamaal Charles and many other college and NFL stars.

“This is a once in a lifetime event for Johnny, Princeton, and the state of N.C.,” said Princeton coach Derrick Minor.

Hines to Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl: Garner standout Nyheim Hines received his jersey for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl before Thursday’s win over Southeast Raleigh. Hines will play in the game, set for Jan. 5, 2015 in Carson, Calif.

He is one of about 100 student-athletes selected from across the country based on their athletic prowess, academic success and embodiment of the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m.

Hoy is Panthers’ Community Captain: Clayton senior quarterback Eric Hoy has been named a Carolina Panthers/U.S. Air Force Community Captain. As a part of the program, Hoy, who leads the Comets in passing and rushing yardage this season, will be honored at the Panthers’ game against Tampa Bay in Charlotte on Dec. 14.

During the 2014 season, the Carolina Panthers and United States Air Force are recognized high school student-athletes in the Carolinas through the Carolina Panthers Community Captain program. The program recognizes outstanding high school student-athletes in the Carolinas who excel in their sport, in the classroom and in their community. The Panthers encourage their future development as role models while they continue their personal growth in college and in their professional careers.

“One of the expectations of playing in the NFL, and in particular for the Carolina Panthers, is the desire and commitment by players to give back to the community,” says Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers Director of Community Relations. “We want to cultivate off-the-field leaders who will carry that ethic with them into adulthood once their college careers are over.”

In addition to being honored at the Panthers home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the winners will each receive an authentic and personalized Carolina Panthers game ball.

“Our hope is that the players will remain positive role models as they continue to succeed on the football field and as individuals,” says Fields. “We are hoping to lay the foundation of high expectations for these young men and women. They have a tremendous opportunity to utilize sports to accomplish great things for themselves, and more importantly, to impact others through their leadership and service.”

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