New Harlan standout to play in all-star game

In helping lead New Harlan to the Region 4 finals last fall, Jordan Steele played like one of the top middle school football players in eastern Kentucky.

During his recent performance with the Kentucky All-Stars, Steele played like one of the best middle school players in the nation.

Steele, a seventh-grade tackle, has been selected to participate in the Football University All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 in San Antonio. The All American Games (AAG) puts selected youth athletes from grades seven and eight on the national stage.

In its seventh year, the FBU Youth All-American Bowl brings together talented youth football players from across the country in an East vs West match-up. Each team will be comprised of the top 30 athletes in their graduation class for a true bowl week full of festivities, including VIP seating at the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“Jordan was excellent for us this year on both sides of the ball. He is a very talented young man and excels on the field as well as in the classroom,” said New Harlan coach Brett Johnson. “I’m more than happy to see him get national recognition and wish him the best of luck in this upcoming all-star game.”

Steele was one of several seventh-grade standouts for the Patriots. Josh Turner, Matt Brown, Hunter Helton, Kobe Burkhart and Steele were all two-way starters last season. Brett Roark started on offense and Gary Harris started on defense.

Steele is the son of Astria Howard and the late Shane Howard, a former standout athlete at Evarts High School. He is the grandson of Perry and Lavon Steele.

An account is being set up at The Bank of Harlan to help raise money to send Steele to the all-star game in Texas.
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