Cody Baker, football standout, to appear on national TV

March 25, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 10 a.m. March 25, 2011

The nationally-syndicated “Sports Stars of Tomorrow”  will feature Issaquah area youth football standout defensive end Cody Baker at 4 p.m. Saturday on KIRO-TV in its program about the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl from January at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Baker’s fumble return for a touchdown will be part of the featured segment on the eighth-grade, unlimited weight limit game.

“Sports Stars of Tomorrow” is hosted by legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall and features the brightest young stars in sports and is the only high-school sports program in national syndication. Started in 2005, “Sports Stars of Tomorrow” airs in over 90 percent of home in the United States and has featured such future stars as LeBron James, Sam Bradford and John Wall, as well as U.S. Army All-Americans Chris Wells, Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley.

“Sports Stars of Tomorrow” will portray the exciting All-American Bowl week experience of the Eastbay Youth Bowl and Combine athletes. It shows viewers the Eastbay Youth Bowl experience through the athletes from eighth-grade, unlimited weight-limit game.

The third-annual Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, presented by Football University and Eastbay, had four exciting games at the Alamodome in San Antonio, featuring the top seventh- and eighth-grade talent from across North America. The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl consists of three East vs. West all-star games, one for the top 40 seventh graders with a 175-pound limit, one for the top 40 eighth graders with a 185-pound limit and a third game featuring the top 40 eighth graders with no weight limit.

Last year, many of the top players in the bowl received college interest and national attention from media outlets such as USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times. The 2010 game was also the unveiling of YouTube sensation Sony Michel who ran away with MVP honors after a four-touchdown, 275-yard performance.

Several thousand youth all-stars were nominated for the elite honor of competing in one of the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl games. Athletes had to fill out a nomination form and submit a highlight tape. The selection committee, which consists of Football University’s regional directors and scouts, work year round with hundreds of local youth football coaches and commissioners who help identify top athletes.

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