Saguaro’s Jarrell, Mohns to make appearance in All-American Bowl

Scottsdale Saguaro football standout Kaelib Jarrell, center, after being named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. (Submitted photo)

Both defensive back/wide receiver Kaelib Jarrell and Head Coach Jason Mohns of Saguaro High School will take part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7, 2017, in San Antonio.

Jarrell will play in the game while Coach Mohns will serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, both for the West team, according to a press release.

U.S. Army representatives presented Jarrell with his official game jersey Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Saguaro.
Fellow Sabercats teammates and Coach Mohns, family members, representatives from the U.S. Army, bow sponsor American Family Insurance and Saguaro administration all joined Jarrell at the event.

Scottsdale Saguaro football coach Jason Mohns after being named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. (Submitted photo)

The Jan. 7 bowl game will feature 90 of the best high school football players in the country in a classic East vs. West match-up. Coach Mohns has led Saguaro to four consecutive state championships.

Jarrell is one of the state’s top high school football recruits and is being sought by some of the nation’s top college football programs, including Arizona State University, University of Southern California and Cal (University of California, Berkeley). He has not yet committed.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl features and provides a glimpse into the future of college and pro football, a release states.

Past participants in the 16-year-old bowl include Heisman Trophy winners and more than 200 NFL players, including the Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson (2008), the Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott (2013), the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham, Jr. (2011) and the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck (2008), according to a release.

A release states selection as a U.S. Army All-American is an honor. Activities throughout Bowl Week leading up to the game help connect the athletes with Army Soldier Heroes who provide them with a better understanding of “what it takes and what it means to be an Army Strong Soldier and an All-American,” according to the bowl’s website.

“Only the strongest are chosen to wear the Army colors, and these young men truly embody the characteristics of the Army Strong Soldier — demonstrating Strength through Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage on a daily basis.”

More than 39,000 fans, many of them U.S. servicemen and servicewomen, attended the 2016 game. The 2017 game will be broadcast live on NBC (Channel 12) at 11 a.m. Phoenix time and around the world to members of the U.S. Army stationed overseas.

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