Meridian High School standout C.J. Hampton has accepted his invitation to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The game, scheduled for January 4th, 2014, features only 90 high school football players from across the country, and is broadcast on national television from San Antonio, TX.
The organization said it invites players based on their outstanding football skills and because they possess the strengths similar to their Army Strong Soldiers "of mental, emotional and physical toughness".
Hampton was a preseason member of the Clarion-Ledger's well-known dandy dozen team.
"I went and committed to the U.S. Army all-american bowl, so you know, it's a tremendous honor," said Hampton. "You know, for me, for family, for school and the community. All the way around. So it's a big honor to me.
Hey says it took a while to decide whether he would accept his invitation.
"I got invited to the Under Armor game also," said Hampton. "It came down between those two, but I found out the U.S. Army game had a little more history to it. So I went with that one instead. "
Hampton is a verbal commit to Ole Miss, but said Thursday he's still considering Alabama.