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HBCU Heroes: Week 1 standouts who caught the eye of the HBCU Spirit of America Bowl

Aqeel Glass of Alabama A&M was a monster this week. This kid has everything you want in a quarterback.

The 4th Annual HBCU Spirit of America Bowl will be played on January 19, 2019 in Salem, Virginia at Salem Stadium.  The Spirit of America Bowl is the ONLY HBCU college football All-Star Game in the country and this year, NFL Draft Diamonds teamed up with Cutting Edge Management to help find the best players in the nation for the Senior All-Star Game.  Week 1 is over, and our owner Damond Talbot wanted to showcase a few players that really stood out this past week.

Jalen Morton, QB, Prairie View A&M – This week the PVAMU gunslinger beat up on Texas Southern throwing for 350 yards and two touchdowns. The senior QB from Arlington, Texas had a great game. He is a true leader on the Panthers offense and a player that has been on our radar from the beginning of the year, but his stock is trending upwards.

Aqeel Glass, QB, Alabama A&M University – The Junior quarterback was impressive this week against Arkansas Pine-Bluff. He is a St. Louis, Missouri native who stands 6’5 and weighs 215 pounds, and can sling the ball around the field.  This week he completed 28/44 passes for 397 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He looked great and definitely put himself on our radar for next year’s game.

Shai McKenzie, RB, Hampton University – Hampton’s speedy back Shai McKenzie was a beast this past weekend.  The 5’11 back from Washington, Pennsylvania looked phenomenal, rushing for 121 yards on just 9 carries.  He averaged 13.1 yards per carry and helped carry his team to a win with two touchdowns over Elizabeth City State University.

Dawonya Tucker, RB, Prairie View A&M – I love this kid, he is one of my favorite backs in the entire FCS.  The hard nosed back for the Panthers put up 188 yards on the ground on just 11 carries.  He also scored three touchdowns in a massive win over Texas Southern . Tucker has been on our list but his stock is trending upwards as well!

Chris Rowland, WR, Tennessee State – NFL teams are looking for speedy guys who can do it all and Rowland is the kid. I recently interviewed him on Draft Diamonds and knew he would be special. He was one of the best return men in college football at one point and his versatility is easy to see on film.  Rowland went off this week for 172 yards receiving and one touchdown. His coaches are listening, GET HIM THE BALL!

Jermaine McDaniel & Devin Harrell, DL, North Carolina A&T – Do you want to get on our radar? Well getting to the QB is one way to do that. These guys straight wreaked havoc this week their opposing QB.  Together they registered five sacks and could have been more.  McDaniel is just a Sophomore and Harrell is a Freshman. It was a great showing men!.

Anthony Craven, P, Alabama State – You know I am a specialist at heart, and there is no way I would leave off this kid.  Craven is a 6020 punter from Cali and he looks the part.  This week against UAB Craven was a difference maker. They came up very short to the Blazers but Craven was a stud. He punted the ball 9 times for 442 yards and averaged 49.10 yards a punt.  Do you want to get on the NFL’s radar? This is how you do it!!!!

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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