Brown nominated for U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Illinois running back commit Dre Brown said Tuesday afternoon he was nominated for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but hasn't officially been selected to the team just yet.
"It’s not a totally done deal," said Brown, a Class of 2015 recruit from DeKalb. "Just being nominated is a blessing. I didn’t even think I would be thinking about an All-American bowl of any type. If I get picked, that would be even better."
More than 400 players are nominated before final selections are made throughout the fall.
DeKalb athletic director Bryon Houy tweeted out Tuesday that Brown will play in the game.
Congratulations to @Dre_BrownXXXIII for being selected to play in the 2015 US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on 1/3/15
— Bryon Houy (@BryonHouy) May 6, 2014
Brown committed to Illinois on March 7, becoming the second Class of 2015 prospect to give an oral pledge to Tim Beckman's program.
Champaign Centennial quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald and Jacksonville offensive lineman Gabe Megginson are the other commits Illinois has so far in the Class of 2015.
Megginson will play in a postseason all-star game, suiting up at the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Brown rushed for 1,584 yards and accumulated 26 touchdowns last fall for DeKalb en route to earning special mention 100 News-Gazette All-State honors.
If Brown plays in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, it would mark the second straight year Illinois will have a recruit in the game after Lincoln-Way East center Nick Allegretti, who signed with Illinois in February, played in the 2014 game.
Other Illini to play in the game throughout the years include Justin Green (2009), Reggie Ellis (2008), Arrelious Benn, Martez Wilson and D'Angelo McCray (2007), Rashard Mendenhall (2005) and Cyrus Garrett (2002).