Defensive back Malik Hartford (West Chester, Ohio/ Lakota West High School), the Ohio State University commit, was officially honored as a 2023 All-American during a virtual jersey presentation as part of the sixth week of the Road to the Dome digital series.
Welcome ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ DB Malik Hartford (@MalikHartford) to the 2023 All-American Bowl @NBCSports #GoBucks 🌰#theG23ATESTshow 🎶 #AllAmericanBowl 🇺🇸 @adidasFballUS pic.twitter.com/lIC3portZz
— All-American Bowl (@AABonNBC) October 6, 2022
Additional All-Americans honored include Tausili Akana, Jordan Hall, Justice Haynes, Quinten Joyner, Olsen Patt Henry, Calvin Simpson-Hunt, and Pearce Spurlin.
Having been selected to play in the twenty-third edition of the All-American Bowl, Hartford will play in the annual East vs. West matchup inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Bowl will be nationally televised, live on NBC and Peacock, and will feature the nation’s top 100 high school football players.
The Road to the Dome tour will continue to honor all 100 All-Americans with virtual jersey presentations during a 16-week series that is released through various digital and social platforms across NBC Sports.
Hartford was selected by the All-American Bowl Selection Committee, consisting of the All-American Bowl, 247Sports and NexGen founder Brent Williams. All-Americans are eligible for the All-American Bowl Player of the Year Award, the Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year Award, the Defensive Player of the Year Award, the All-American Bowl Man of the Year, the All-American Bowl MVP Award.
Only 100 football players receive the honor of putting on the All-American Bowl jersey each year. Each player selected to participate will culminate their high school careers at the All-American Bowl.
As an NBC Sports-owned property, the All-American Bowl is part of a marquee lineup of elite events that includes the Olympics, the Premier League, and the number one primetime show since 2011: Sunday Night Football. The All-American Bowl is annually the most-watched, most-talked about, and most-prestigious high school all-star event with more than 4,100,000 unique television viewers and over 20,000 in attendance. The history and tradition of the All-American Bowl is unparalleled: 533 draft picks; 86 Super Bowl champions; 193 Pro Bowl selections; 16 Heisman finalists including, but not limited to: Odell Beckham Jr., Christian McCaffrey, Tim Tebow, Derrick Henry, DeVonta Smith, and Trevor Lawrence. For more information, visit NBCSports.com/AllAmericanBowl, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@AABonNBC).