AUSTIN — For the second time in the four-year history of the International Bowl, Brownwood High School will be represented when Team USA battles the World at Austin Westlake.
Matthew McCrane, who will sign a national letter of intent to play football at Kansas State on Wednesday, is one of 47 college-bound Americans on the Team USA roster, while the World team consists of 54 players.
Tuesday's game will be broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 8 p.m.
McCrane joins another former Lion playing in the Big 12, Jaxon Shipley, as the Brownwood participants in the game. Shipley competed in 2011, as the USA picked up a 21-14 victory.
Members of Team USA arrived in Austin on Jan. 30 as practices began.
The seven-day stay in Austin will conclude Wednesday as a National Signing Day ceremony will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. McCrane will be among the Team USA members signing with their respective schools in Austin.
After weighing a variety of offers, McCrane verbally committed to reigning Big 12 champion Kansas State on Dec. 10, where he will receive a full scholarship. Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, who came out of retirement to lead the Wildcats’ resurgence, recently signed a five-year contract extension.
“To have someone like Coach Snyder, who is dedicated to special teams, coaching me, I hope I can develop into one of the top kickers in the country,” McCrane told the Bulletin after making his verbal commitment. “I definitely want to be a Lou Groza candidate for the top kicker in the nation.
“One of the main reasons why Coach Snyder offered me is he wanted me to get up there and get going. They want to put some weight on me and hopefully when the season comes I’ll be the starting kickoff man.”
McCrane graduated from Brownwood High School at the end of the fall semester and has already enrolled at Kansas State, which is located in Manhattan, Kan.
A two-time second-team all-district selection, McCrane converted 27 of 28 extra-point attempts, with one blocked, and booted 3 of 3 field goals with a long of 46 as a senior. As a junior, McCrane drilled 41 of 44 extra points and 7 of 12 field goals, including a school record 52-yarder.