Ben Boulware named Under Armour captain; Ebenezer Ogundeko to announce today

The Clemson Sport Blog

T.L. Hanna's Ben Boulware returns a kickoff against Hillcrest.

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T.L. Hanna's Ben Boulware returns a kickoff against Hillcrest.

The Under Armour All-America Bowl, which will be played Friday at 5 p.m. at St. Petersburg, Fla. and televised nationally by ESPN, deserves special scrutiny from Clemson fans.

First, to watch Ben Boulware to do his postseason all-star game thing, and second, for news on the college destination of defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn, N.Y., who'll announce during the game between Clemson and Syracuse.

Coming off a dominant performance in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, where he was named defensive MVP, Boulware - a linebacker from T.L. Hanna High in Anderson - picked up where he left off when practice began for the Under Armour game earlier this season.

Boulware will start at middle linebacker for the 'Black' squad, and has been named as a team captain.

He's earned rave reviews all week for his performance, including accolades from FoxSports.com analysts John Garcia and Jason Higdon.

"Not only do I like his physical play in the box but he has been a leader of the defense since the first whistle of practice this week," wrote Garcia. "I have watched him in coverage and he is instinctive in zone coverage but his strength is playing sideline to sideline and stuffing the run."

"I have watched Boulware extensively for two days and have been very impressed with his physical play," Higdon wrote. "He shoots the gaps constantly and is always around the ball. He has good lateral movement and plays the game with fire and passion. He is not blessed with the size as some other players but more than makes up for it with his ability and work ethic."

Boulware is ranked as the state of South Carolina's No. 2 player and as the nation's No. 3 middle linebacker by ESPN.

Playing alongside Boulware on the 'Black' team's defense will be Ogundeko, as well as Clemson target Robert Nkemdiche (who is now thought to be leaning to Mississippi). Offensive line target Tyrone Crowder is also a member of the 'Black' team, though he is not expected to see action because of a hand injury. Playing for the 'White' team will be Clemson targets Montravius Adams, the nation's top-rated defensive tackle prospect, and defensive end Carl Lawson.

Ogundeko is ranked as the state of New York's No. 1 player and as the nation's No. 10 defensive end prospect by ESPN.

Other ACC-bound prospects who'll be playing in Friday's game include defensive back Holland Fisher (Virginia Tech), quarterback Kevin Olsen and defensive back Artie Burns (Miami), running back Ryan Green and offensive lineman Ira Denson (Florida State), and offensive lineman Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh).

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