Before he heads to Madison, four-star Wisconsin signee Graham Mertz will participate in the 2019 All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex., on Jan. 5.
This is the event that one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the nation has looked forward to, as he told B5Q earlier in December.
“That was a thing since first grade, second grade. I’ve always been watching that game every year,” Mertz said. “It was crazy when I got the call this year, and it was definitely flattering and I can’t wait for it. It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’ll be able to have forever, which I can’t wait for.”
Joining Mertz in action down in the Lone Star State will be fellow Wisconsin commit and five-star offensive lineman Logan Brown. Practices kicked up starting on Tuesday, and of course, there are some video highlights of the heralded quarterback from those media in attendance.
@JoshHelmholdt breaks down the East squads QBs: Mertz, Howell and Tagovailoa after day one at the #AllAmericanBowl in San Antonio pic.twitter.com/mrMbMjSxYl— Rivals (@Rivals) January 1, 2019
#Wisconsin QB signee Graham Mertz throwing with good velocity early at the @19AllAmerican Bowl practice: https://t.co/S8pEo2S6Mq pic.twitter.com/vxpp0LjLMB— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) January 1, 2019
East quarterbacks Sam Howell (UNC), Taulia Tagovailoa (Alabama) and Graham Mertz (Wisconsin) have all looked relatively sharp through the first hour of practice @DonCallahanIC @BamaOnLine247 @Evan_Flood pic.twitter.com/08pMvoGrfI— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) January 1, 2019
#Wisconsin QB signee Graham Mertz to #VirginiaTech WR signee Jaden Payoute https://t.co/PoNtF3icOy @19AllAmerican @247Sports pic.twitter.com/gfokC4E2VJ— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) January 1, 2019
@GrahamMertz5 to @TheRealDBell_ here at @19AllAmerican East Practice pic.twitter.com/iKPnRc3gYm— King of the Game (@KotgMedia) January 1, 2019
#Wisconsin getting a good one in quarterback Graham Mertz. https://t.co/c1mY4jK7o0 @19AllAmerican @GrahamMertz5 @247Sports pic.twitter.com/jUdmaGaR2z— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) January 1, 2019
247Sports’s Steve Wiltfong also spoke with Brown in an article that was published on Dec. 31.
The 2019 All-American Bowl will be played inside the Alamodome on Saturday (Noon CT, NBC). Brown will line up for the West squad, while Mertz will take snaps with the East team.
In another prep all-star extravaganza, 2019 Wisconsin signee Blake Wilcox will play in the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 3 in Orlando (ESPN2). SB Nation’s Bud Elliott caught up with Wilcox on Dec. 29, and we will have the article up on B5Q later this week prior to the game.