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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Army Bowl: Wednesday notebook

By Damon Sayles and William Wilkerson

SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:

A little off-the-field humor: When Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) put on his game jersey during Sunday’s registration check-in, he wore it around the host hotel proudly. In fact, the nation’s top-ranked athlete was so excited about the No. 89 jersey, he didn’t even recognize the jersey’s error.

“Someone came to me and asked, ‘Do you know that your name is misspelled?’” Seals-Jones said. “I said, ‘What do you mean?’ Then I saw it was missing an S. It kind of got to me, but they said they’d have a new one ready for me before the game.”

Sunday’s jersey read “Seal-Jones,” but when the teams made their way to the Alamodome on Wednesday to check out the facilities and see the locker rooms -- which had their jerseys and gear for Saturday -- he was happy to see his new game jersey with his name spelled correctly.

Status update: In addition to playing for their country as U.S. Army All-Americans, many West team members are dedicating Saturday to ESPN 150 wide receiver and Notre Dame commit Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper), who broke his femur during non-contact drills Tuesday morning.

ESPN 150 offensive lineman and Texas commit Jake Raulerson tweeted this via @JakeRaulerson55 late Tuesday: “@THunterJr we are praying for your surgery tomorrow and we are playing for you on Saturday #WestSquad #ArmyBowl”

What’s on tap: ESPN 150 wide receiver Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) has yet to arrive in San Antonio and won’t until Thursday. That will give him one practice to get acclimated to the East playbook. Asiantii Woulard is in the same boat.

Announcement recap

Mike Mitchell
ESPN 150 OLB Mike Mitchell is one of eight players expected to commit on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The following players are expected to announce their college futures at the game on Saturday: