The All-American Bowl has long been an opportunity for fans and coaches alike to get a good look at some of the top incoming players of a given recruiting class, as the rosters have been solely comprised of high school seniors to this point.
However, that will change in a big way starting in 2025, as Jon Miller, the owner-operator of the All-American Bowl, announced that high school juniors will be allowed to participate in the event starting next year.
“Given the changing landscape at the collegiate level, our senior participants are graduating high school earlier and enrolling in and attending college as early as December. As a result, the All-American Bowl is pivoting to now include top juniors for the upcoming 2025 All-American Bowl,” Miller said in an NBC Sports’ press release. “This change will allow more top juniors to make their college declarations on network television.”
Since the first game was held in 2000, the All-American Bowl has historically featured 100 of the top high school football players form all over the country. The game is played annually at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and is broadcast on NBC and Peacock.
According to the release, the All-American Bowl is the most-watched and highest-attended high school sporting event in the country. Now, the nation’s top high school juniors will be able to get in on the action and announce their decisions live on television as they suit up amongst the top seniors in the country as well.