St. John’s five-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman has accepted an invitation to the Polynesian Bowl, to be held in January 2020 in Honolulu, and will serve as one of the bowl ambassadors.

Sherman is the No. 2 linebacker in the nation for the Class of 2020, according to 247Sports, as well as the No. 18 athlete nationally and the No. 1 player in the District. At 6-foot-3 and 234 pounds, Sherman already has 32 scholarship offers. He announced his top 10 in July: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn, Notre Dame, Clemson, Penn State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan. He also has an offer from Maryland.

“It means a lot,” Sherman said of the invite. “I’m being invited at such a young age. . . . It will be great. Football is such second nature to me, and so I am looking forward to an experience with people that I don’t see every day and the coaches and the people down in Hawaii.”

Sherman headlines the 2020 Polynesian Bowl lineup as a player ambassador alongside five-star linebacker Sav’ell Smalls of Garfield (Wash.) High, five-star wide receiver Johnny Wilson from Calabasas (Calif.) High and five-star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei from St. John Bosco (Calif.).

The Polynesian Bowl began in 2017 as a national showcase that invites some of the top recruits in the country to Hawaii. The majority of the recruits will be of Polynesian ancestry, and selections are made by a committee as well as the media.

The third Polynesian Bowl will be Jan. 19, 2019, at Aloha Stadium. There are 85 players already selected to that game, including two from DeMatha: four-star defensive back/wide receiver DeMarcco Hellams and four-star defensive back Nick Cross.

There are four other players from Virginia and Maryland set to play in the 2019 game: Brendon Clark from Manchester (Va.), Devyn Ford out of North Stafford (Va.), Cam’Ron Kelly of Oscar Smith (Va.) and D’Von Ellies from McDonogh School (Md.).

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