Justin Moody is certainly one of the best high school football players in the city. Moody, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound senior from George Washington High School, is now one of the top schoolboy standouts in the nation.
The Eagles’ defensive lineman was officially selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, presented by JuniorRank Sports and the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Moody was presented with a game jersey on Friday afternoon during a ceremony at George Washington. The game will be played Jan. 4, 2013 at Home Depot Stadium in Carson, Calif. It will be televised live on the NFL Network.
“I’m really excited about it,” Moody said. “I thought I had a chance to make the team, but I was surprised when I made it. I’m definitely excited and looking forward to the competition. I don’t know what position I’ll play in the game. But wherever they need me, I’ll play.”
One hundred of the country’s best scholastic football players will battle each other in a traditional East vs. West matchup, showcasing players who exemplify the USMC values of honor, courage and commitment. The partnership formed between JuniorRank Sports and the USMC introduces student athletes to the organizations’ shared belief that athletic excellence, high academic performance and character development are crucial elements to becoming well-rounded people.
The selection committee is composed of college recruiting experts and scouts from around the country. Moody believes this is a good opportunity for him.
“I’ve had a lot of people who contacted me about playing college football,” he said. “I’m hoping this game will help me. I watch a lot of college football every Saturday. I keep up with Sharrif Floyd and Deion Barnes. I’ve seen them play. They’ve been playing well.”
Floyd was a big star at GW. He plays defensive tackle for the University of Florida. Barnes was an All-Public League standout at Northeast High and is a defensive end for Penn State. He’s regarded as one of the top freshmen in the Big Ten Conference. These players are doing a good job of representing Philadelphia on the major college football scene. Moody will be carrying the flag for the city in the big game.