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2 North Texans will play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

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Two North Texas teens have been selected to play in a big bowl game.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl features 90 top high school players from across the nation who square off against each other in the national spotlight.

Justin Manning, an 18-year-old defensive lineman at Kimball High School, and 17-year-old Kent Perkins, a junior offensive lineman at Lake Highlands High School, were both selected to wear yellow U.S. Army jerseys for the game.

Manning is considered one of the best high school football players in the country.

"I look at it as an opportunity just to show the world how good I really am," he said.

He is only the second student from Kimball to receive the honor. The first was his older brother, who was selected in 2005.

"He's a very humble kid. You wouldn't know it with all the offers he's received and all the scholarships he's received," said Carlton Nelson, his coach.

Perkins is hoping his selection will help him reach his dream one day playing left tackle for the Ravens.

"I got people who strive to help me succeed and I'm thankful for it," he said.

"He's a humble, soft-spoken kid and that translates into everything he does, except between the white lines of the football game," said his coach, Scott Smith.

Several NFL stars started out playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl including Mark Sanchez, Tim Teebow and Andrew Luck. So, both Manning and Perkins said they were honored to be chosen and hope to bring their best to the game at San Antonio's Alamodome on Jan. 5.


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