High School Football

O-D All-American Bowl: McCoy makes Case for himself

When you're the little brother of a quarterback about to play in college football's national title game, the questions can be a little repetitive.

This week, even when Case McCoy - the younger brother of Texas' Colt - is surrounded by some of the best prep football players in the country, the questions remain the same.

"A lot of people want to know how it feels to be Colt McCoy's brother," the younger McCoy said while preparing for Saturday's Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. "My answer always is, 'I've been it for 18 years; I don't know why you're asking me now.'"

Despite some of Case McCoy's own accomplishments as a high-school quarterback, he understands he still has to play second-fiddle to his better-known brother. Still, McCoy's attributes have got him noticed plenty.

He led Graham High to the Texas Class AAA, Division II state title game. On the season, he threw for more than 4,100 yards and 45 touchdowns.

McCoy will graduate a semester early from high school so that he can enroll early at Texas, the school Colt McCoy will lead against Alabama a week from Thursday in the BCS Championship game.

"It's been a dream-come-true for Colt," Case McCoy said. "We've had dream seasons for both of us. I lost in the state championship by one point last week. That was tough. So hopefully he can turn it around and win it for the family."

Early Sunday morning, McCoy will depart for California to join his family. Not before, however, he gets plenty more opportunities to spend some time with guys he could be playing against down the road - including Alabama commitment Austin Shepherd, an offensive lineman from North Gwinnett (Ga.).

"A lot of us are out just here to build relationships," McCoy said. "On [the West team], I've got eight guys here who are going to OU, so that's a lot of fun just jacking with them, name-calling. ... I can't even say [in print what] all the OU boys are saying. But there's a lineman from the East team that's going to Alabama. We've had some trash-talking."

Ellington out

Berkeley running back Bruce Ellington has joined Byrnes quarterback Chas Dodd as the top South Carolina players who will not play Saturday.

Ellington, who was a finalist for Mr. Football before it was won by Byrnes' Marcus Lattimore, withdrew from the game so that he could continue to focus on basketball. Ellington has signed to play basketball at South Carolina.

He is a consensus four-star point guard and was rated as the No. 12 player at that position nationally by Scout after he averaged more than 28 points, eight rebounds and three assists as a junior at Berkeley.

Dodd suffered an injury in the Dec. 12 North-South All-Star game.

Roster changes

O-D officials released their final additions to Saturday's roster this week.

Several of the players earned their way in with spectacular showings in the Dec. 19 Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg.

West Rowan (N.C.) teammates Kevin Parks and Chris Smith were the offensive and defensive MVPs, respectively, of that all-star game. Parks, a running back, has committed to play collegiately at Virginia, while Smith, a defensive end, is on his way to Arkansas.

Smith finished the Shrine Bowl with eight tackles, two sacks and a 67-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

The duo's addition to this week's game means their football season, which included a second straight North Carolina state title, gets a little longer.

"This is our 18th week of football, so we're just having fun, just loving it," Smith said. "When you're coming off of games of that nature and you get back out here on the field, it's basically like 'It's here.' I'm just ready for it."

Other additions to the roster include running backs Mustafa Green (Irmo) and Jerrell Priester (Fairfax), defensive end Kareem Martin (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.) and linebacker Prince Shembo.

Green has narrowed his college list to Alabama, Auburn and North Carolina State. Priester is headed to Vanderbilt. Martin is undecided.

Shembo, a Notre Dame commitment, has welcomed this week's distractions after a turbulent December in which Irish coach Charlie Weis was fired and replaced by Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly.

"It's been pretty rough to see what's going on," Shembo said. "I don't know who the defensive coordinator is yet. I can't wait to find out. As of now, I'm going to take a visit to Miami on Jan. 29. I'm still committed [to Notre Dame]. But I just have to wait and watch."