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November 3, 2012

WVU commitments playing in Chesapeake Bowl

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West Virginia has a number of players that have been invited to suit up in the 2012 Chesapeake Bowl, which pits the mid-Atlantic region's top talent against one another.

The game will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 29 at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium in Hyattsville, Md. and the senior-only all-star game will pit the north team against the south squad.

The North is made up of players from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, while the South is comprised of prospects from Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

West Virginia will be represented well with Newark (N.J.) Shabazz linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton, Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek running back Zaire Williams, Philadelphia (Pa.) William Penn Charter safety Daryl Worley and Hermitage (Pa.) Hickory running back DeShawn Coleman all accepting invitations to play in this year's edition of the game.

All will be representing the North squad and the opportunity to play together before they arrive on a college campus and have the chance to face-off against other Division one athletes was too much to pass up.

"Once I saw that Zaire (Williams) got into it I was thinking that would be something nice and then I got the chance," Benton said. "It's definitely something I'm looking forward to. It's great to play with and against guys on the same caliber and get used to the change in the game."

"I'm thankful for being invited. I'm glad to be involved in such a game big and thankful for all of my coaches that have helped me get there as well," Williams said. "I'm excited."

The game features a number of high profile prospects from throughout the region including linebacker Yannick Ngakoue (Washington, D.C.), offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers (Maryland), wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (Maryland), linebacker Doug Randolph (Virginia), linebacker Brandon Bell (New Jersey), offensive lineman Derwin Gray (Maryland), outside linebacker Marvin Gross (Maryland), wide receiver DaeSean Hamlilton (Virginia), wide receiver Brian Lemelle (Pennsylvania), wide receiver Andre Patton (Delaware), athlete Myles Nash (New Jersey) and athlete Rashad Kinlaw (New Jersey), among others.

In 2010 the South defeated the North 30-27 and last season the North won 28-17.

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