Alabama Crimson Tide: UA jersey tour 2014

UA Game jersey tour: Raekwon McMillan

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Five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) was presented his honorary game jersey Friday at his school during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of a three-month selection tour.

Raekwon McMillan
Courtesy of IntersportRaekwon McMillan is ranked No. 12 in the ESPN 300.
McMillan, who has made official visits to Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised game featuring the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“I just want to say thank you to everybody who came out today,” McMillan said. “Thank you to my mom, my parents, my coaching staff, the staff at this school, every one of my classmates, everyone at Liberty County high school for supporting me; and I would also like to thank God.”

Liberty County coach Kirk Warner says his star linebacker is a great player and a great person.

“I just can’t say enough about what it’s meant to me to coach this young man. Whoever gets him on that dotted line is going to not only get a great football player, but a great person.”

On Jan. 2, McMillan says he will be living out a dream he has had since junior high.

“Ever since I was a freshman, even in middle school, I’ve dreamed about playing in the Under Armour All-America Game. I was offered by both [major all-star games], but it was hands down that I was going to take the Under Armour All-America Game. I am looking forward to competing against some of the best guys in the nation that I've been going to camps with over the last three or four years, and being coached by some of the best coaches in America. It's a great honor to be invited to the Under Armour All-America Game. Some of the best football players in the nation played in the Under Armour All-America Game, and it's just a blessing and an honor to be able to play in it, too."

The 6-foot-2, 242-pound McMillan is the No. 12 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 1 inside linebacker in the class. He is considering Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Florida.

UA Game jersey tour: Da’Shawn Hand

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Five-star defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge High) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Game on Wednesday.

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Courtesy of IntersportDa'Shawn Hand is the sixth-ranked prospect overall and the No. 2 defensive end in the class.
The event was part of the three-month tour.

Hand, who is one of three five-star prospects in Virginia in the 2014 class, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual game, a nationally-televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high-school seniors. The 2014 game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“I just want to thank God and my teammates for being here,” Hand said. “My friends, my dad, the principal, the faculty back there, thanks for coming out and supporting. ... I mean, this is an honor for me. I really don’t know what else to say, but I just can’t wait to show out in this game. Being down in Florida with all these guys with talent, I’ve just got to prepare for college.”

Woodbridge head coach Karibi Dede says he is excited that his star player gets to play against the nation's best.

“It’s been a pleasure to coach you. We are very thankful to the people at Under Armour as well as American Family Insurance for providing this great opportunity for a young man like himself. I’m really excited. The Under Armour All-America Game is the premier game in the country. To see him have the opportunity to go down where guys like A.J. Green, Julio Jones, …Jadeveon Clowney ... to go down and have that type of game against those type of players is phenomenal.”

For Hand, the chance to go against the best and prove doubters wrong is something he is looking forward to.

"The thing that excites me the most about the Under Armour All-America Game is going against some of the top players in the country -- in pads in an actual game. You don't really get to do that every day. Julio [Jones] and Jadeveon [Clowney], I want to be like the next person. I just want to leave my mark. The doubters out there are what motivate me. There are people that say that I’m just getting by or that I’m getting great stats because certain players aren’t as good as you, or the conference up here isn’t as good. You are in Virginia. You’re not in Florida or Georgia, Alabama or Louisiana. Those things fuel my engine and motivate me. I want to prove them wrong.”

The 6-foot-4, 262-pound Hand is the sixth-ranked prospect overall and the No. 2 defensive end in the class. He is considering Michigan, Alabama and Florida.
Senior cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) was presented his honorary game jersey Thursday at his school during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of the three-month selection tour.

Bessent, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised contest featuring the country’s top high school seniors. The game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“I would like to thank the coaching staff, all my coaches and teammates for supporting me,” he said.

Having a former teammate rave about the experience was big in Bessent's decision to play in the game.

"I just think it is a great game. I have seen the game on TV. A former player here, [Georgia freshman quarterback] Brice Ramsey, played in it and told me he liked it a lot. It's closer to home than the other game, and it is close enough that my parents and some of my friends and teammates can make it. I think it's a good accomplishment for me, and I'm very excited about it."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bessent is the No. 42 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 7 cornerback in the class. He committed to Alabama over Florida, Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State and several others.

UA Game jersey tour: Ronnie Clark

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Calera, Ala. -- Four-star athlete Ronnie Clark (Calera, Ala./Calera) was presented his honorary Under Armour All-America Game jersey Thursday.

Clark, an Alabama commit, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“I want to thank all the support, the whole school, community and teachers who have been behind me,” Clark said. “I also want to thank my coaches, my family, my mom and dad who’ve always been there for me helping me with my college decision,”

Calera High head coach Wiley McKeller says there is no way to replace what his star player has brought to Calera, on and off the field.

“I get asked a lot because it’s funny because the seasons not over yet, but I get asked a lot by media people and people in the community … what are you going to do when Ronnie is gone? How do you replace Ronnie Clark? The short answer is, you don’t. I tell him all the time I appreciate everything you do for our program, the way you carry yourself and not just athletically, but for being a great young man. And I really do appreciate it.”

The chance to play and practice against the best in the country is an honor Clark knows many would love to have, and he is taking advantage of it.

“I mean, you are on ESPN. You’re getting a chance to play against the top guys in the country,” Clark said. “Going down there, just competing and having fun. It’s a one time thing, a lot of kids don’t get to do and they would die to have the situation I’m in, and I’m blessed.”

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Clark is the No. 100 ranked prospect overall, and the No. 12 athlete in the class. He committed to Alabama over Auburn, Clemson, LSU, USC, Tennessee and a number of others.

UA Game jersey tour: Jalen Tabor

November, 1, 2013
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Senior cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) was presented his honorary game jersey at his school on Thursday, during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of the three-month tour.

Tabor, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“Thank all of y’all for coming out,” Tabor said. “It’s truly a blessing for me. I want to thank my parents, coach [Aazar Abdul-]Rahim, all the coaches … this is just a very special moment. I want to thank God. I want to thank all my teammates, y’all come in every day and fight with me.”

Abdul-Rahim says his star player's work ethic sets him apart.

“What makes Jalen special is one, he has God given ability," the coach explained. "He’s got great ball skills. And the main thing and most important thing is his work ethic. He’s a tireless worker. He’s been a consistent worker on and off the field. From weight training to individual DB work to work on his own.”

Tabor is always looking to test himself, and selecting the UA Game was the best way for him to do that.

"I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because I definitely wanted to play against the best kids from around the country, to test my skills, and to let the whole world know who I am," Tabor said. "In the game, it’s definitely playing against all the best kids. Every snap, you have to be on your 'A' game. Definitely to test myself, that’s going to be the best thing I’m looking for in the game is to see where I’m at. It's definitely a blessing to be invited to this game.

"You got Julio Jones, A.J. Green and guys who are top-10 receivers in the NFL, and that’s what I want to be one day … a top-10 corner in the NFL. I can't wait to go to Florida and see everyone, and to be on national television each day of the week. I’m looking forward to showing the whole country who I am and what I can do on the football field."

The 6-foot, 188-pound Tabor is the No. 15-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 5 corner in the class. He is considering Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Arizona, Florida State and possibly USC.

UA Game jersey tour: Lorenzo Carter

November, 1, 2013
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Five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) was presented his honorary game jersey at his high school on Thursday, during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of the three-month tour.

Carter, who has officially visited Florida, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“I just want to thank my teammates, my coaches, my parents, my administrators, the lunch ladies,” Carter said. “I want to thank them for everything they’ve done, but all the glory goes to God. I mean, I wouldn’t be anything without him. He’s given me all the talents and abilities I have, so I just want to thank God. … He’s the most important person in my life. It’s been great.

"I love it here at Norcross. I made a good move and I want to thank everybody that has been able to touch my life here.”

Carter's head coach Keith Maloof says his star player's work ethic sets him apart.

“What a fine young man, and what a great honor for Lorenzo and his family and also the Norcross community," Maloof said. "A lot goes into getting somebody ready, but Lorenzo makes it easy by his work ethic and what he does. His teammates know how he leads, not only on the field ... but off the field. He’s just one of those special defensive lineman that come along every once in a while. You don’t become one of the top defensive ends in the nation without working hard. I’m extremely proud of you and what you have done for this school and out football program. Thank you Lorenzo, and good luck to you.”

Carter said he is excited about the prominence of playing in the Under Armour All-America Game.

"It was a game with great legacy, and I want to be part of a game with a lot of elite players," he said. "It's giving me a chance to show my talents on ESPN. It's my last time stepping on the field as a high school football player, so I'm just looking forward to having a fun time."

The 6-foot-5 , 234-pound Carter is the No. 13-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 3 defensive end in the class. He is also considering Alabama, Georgia and Florida State along with the Gators.

UA Game jersey tour: Josh Casher

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Senior center Josh Casher (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul's Episcopal) was presented his honorary game jersey Tuesday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. The event was part of a three-month jersey tour.

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Courtesy of IntersportESPN 300 prospects Josh Caster and Tre' Williams of Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Episcopal are headed to rival schools for college, but will play together one more time in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Casher, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised game featuring the country’s top high school seniors. The game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“First and foremost, I want to thank God for where he has brought me,” Casher said. “Second, you know I would love to thank my family because without them I wouldn’t be where I am. Third, I want to thank my team because without them I’m nothing at all.”

Added Casher: “This is incredible. I think I was selected to come because I think they see the fight within me. They see that I’m a great player, but I’m also a great individual to come to this game. I think they see that I won’t be denied. No matter how big you are, how fast you are or how strong you are ... that what I want to do is be the best player Josh Casher can be, and I feel like that’s what you want in an All-American and that’s what I’m going to continue to strive for.”

Casher is quick to give credit to everyone in his circle for helping him become the player he is today.

“How did I get where I am today? I would say through my family, my coaches and my team. I have a great head coach and I have an amazing offensive line coach," he said. "My teammates are great, and we all get along. Tre’ [Williams] is an amazing teammate, and I love playing with him,” Casher said.

The 6-foot-1, 290-pound Casher is the No. 183 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 1 center in the class. He committed to Alabama over Florida State and Auburn, where he was originally committed.

UA Game jersey tour: Stephen Roberts

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Senior cornerback Stephen Roberts (Opelika, Al./Opelika High) was presented his honorary game jersey on Wednesday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.

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Courtesy of IntersportAlabama commit Stephen Roberts will get his chance to shine at the Under Armour All-America Game.
The event was part of the three-month tour for the game.

Roberts, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors.

The 2014 game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

"First off, I want to thank God for letting me have this opportunity,” Roberts said. “I want to thank my coaches for helping me through the summer time. I want to thank my teammates for pushing me to get this award. I'm honored to represent Opelika at the Under Armour All-America Game."

Opelika High School head coach Brian Blackmon says his star player represents the team and school the right way.

“It’s an honor for us at Opelika High School to have a guy to represent us in a game like this. We hope we can make this an annual event with some of the guys coming behind [Roberts]. Again, thank you for everything you do on and off the field to help our team improve and be the leader you are. We look forward to watching you in all your future endeavors, especially playing in January in this ball game.”

Roberts cited Trent Richardson as a player who had an impact on him selecting the Under Armour All-America Game.

“It [Under Armour Game} means a lot because I know all the great players that have played in this game. I respect Trent Richardson a lot, and when I was at Alabama I met him, and he was talking about the Under Armour Game. But I didn’t even expect to be in this game. There are a lot of great players, and only 90 got chosen. I’m excited to see how my talent really works against the other great players.”

The 6-foot-0, 180-pound Roberts is the No. 69-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 9 cornerback in the class. He committed to Alabama over Auburn, Florida State, Kentucky and others.

UA game jersey tour: O.J. Smith

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Senior defensive tackle O.J. Smith (Bossier City, La./Airline) was presented his honorary game jersey Thursday at his school during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of a three-month selection tour.

Smith, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised game spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

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Courtesy of Intersport Alabama commit O.J. Smith is ranked No. 218 in the ESPN 300.
“I just want to say thank you to all the coaches,” Smith said. “My D-line, everybody else, Charlie, Rah Rah for pushing me hard, my mom and dad just for pushing me hard. Thank you.”

Arline coach Bo Meeks expressed how proud the school is to have his star player in the all-star game.

“We want to thank Under Armour. No. 1, for their commitment to high school athletics and to this game, and also for their selection of O.J. Again, 90 student-athletes throughout the country and to have one here at Airline High School… I can’t tell you how proud we are.”

Smith is excited about the opportunity to play on ESPN, and go up against the best of the best from his home state and nationally.

“I’m looking forward to playing with the best, competing with the best and going against the best ... that’s all. ESPN, you know that’s a big stage. Playing on ESPN is a good opportunity for me. I always wanted to play, you know it’s a dream ... the Under Armour Game. I’m looking forward to playing against Leonard Fournette and Big Cam, Cameron Robinson.”

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Smith is the 218th-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 18 defensive tackle in the class. He committed to Alabama over LSU, Auburn and several others.

UA game jersey tour: Malachi Dupre

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Senior wide receiver Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge, La. Tuesday. The event was part of the three-month selection tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.

Dupre, a three-sport star at John Curtis, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised all-star game spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“I want to thank all of y’all for supporting me today,” Dupre said. “Just thank you Under Armour for the opportunity to play in this game. I know there are so many high school players in the country that work hard, but being selected to play in this game is a huge honor and I’m appreciative for it. I’m blessed, and thank you Coach J.T. [Curtis] for teaching me so many life lessons and things.”

For Dupre, the road to be an Under Armour all-star selection wasn’t an easy one.

"It’s wasn’t the best road…I wasn’t the best player in football, basketball or track,” Dupre said. “I always could jump, I always was pretty fast and athletic, but I never had skills. I probably started developing skills my freshman or sophomore year. I know a lot of it is God just blessed with me the talents because I just grew so much.”

The nation’s top-ranked wide receiver is looking forward to measuring himself against the best prospects in his class in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

“I'm ready to compete and have fun with the guys during game week,” Dupre said. “The Under Armour All-American game is going to be the measuring stick for everyone going to play college football next year, because we're the best guys in the country right now."

Along with being the top wide receiver, the 6-foot-3, 187-pound Dupre is the No. 26 ranked prospect overall. He is considering LSU, UCLA, Alabama, Florida State, and others.
Five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) was presented his honorary game jersey at his high school in West Monroe, La. on Thursday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of the three-month tour.

Robinson, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

"Me being selected to play in this game is a huge honor," Robinson said. "A lot of select talent around the country, some of the best high school football players in the country are playing. I'm happy that people consider me good enough to play in this game. It's an honor and blessing to play in this game."

West Monroe coach Don Shows beamed about Robinson's selection.

"On behalf of West Monroe High School," he said, "what a tremendous honor this is for you, for our football program and for our high school."

For Robinson, the decision to play in the Under Armour All-America Game was a no-brainer.

"Why I decided to come to the Under Armour Game is a lot of tradition," he said. "A lot of great players played at the Under Armour Game. You have the Jadeveon Clowneys, Robert Nkemdiches and a lot of college stars and in the NFL right now ... just a lot of tradition and great honor. It feels great to represent my city, my school and my state of Louisiana."

The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Robinson is the No. 3-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 1 offensive tackle in the class. He committed to Alabama over LSU and others.

UA Game jersey tour: Cameron Sims

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Senior wide receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at his high school on Wednesday.

Sims, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual UA Game spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

"First of all, I just want to thank God letting me have the ability to be in this game," Sims said. "And I want to thank my parents for helping me keep a level head. I want to thank all of my coaches for getting me to this point, and I just want to thank all of y'all."

Ouachita Parish coach Jeff Fitzgerald is proud of his star player.

"He's a man of high character, so it gives you joy as a coach to see a young man with his ability and his character go out and represent your school. So we are really excited as the Ouachita family to watch Cam go out and dominate in the Under Armour Game."

Sims chose the UA Game for a number of reasons, including location.

"I chose the Under Armour Game because of the gear and because it's in Florida … and just to play against some of the top DBs and players in the nation," he said. "To represent the state of Louisiana and to be able to play in the Under Armour All-America Game means a lot. I have the chance to represent my city and hometown Ouachita, and I'm just going to put on a show."

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Sims is the No. 63 prospect overall and the No. 6 wide receiver in the class. Sims committed to Alabama over offers from Ole Miss, Georgia, Auburn and others.
The nation's No. 1 prospect Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) was presented on Friday his honorary game jerseys for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour. The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.

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Courtesy of IntersportThe nation's No. 1 player Leonard Fournette is considering LSU, Alabama, USC, Miami (FL) and others.
Fournette is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“First of all, I would like to thank God, my parents, my team and see y’all in Florida at the Under Armour Game,” Fournette said.

Short and to the point, Saint Augustine head coach Cyrus Crutchfield says his star player embodies a student athlete.

“This young man is well deserving of this recognition," Crutchfield said. "He’s a young man of high character and embodies the true meaning of student athlete.”

For Fournette, playing in the Under Armour All-America Game is a culmination of hard work and dedication.

“All-American means ... all my hard work and dedication is paying off. It paid off, and they selected me out of two million people and I thank God for that. I’m mostly looking forward to playing against all the great players around the nation that everyone always talks about ... the ranked people,”

According to Fournette, his parents and the positive people in his life are the reason he is in this position.

“My parents and the positive people that stayed around me," he said. "I handle the pressure by saying my prayers every night and keeping myself ground and humble; and that’s pretty much it.”

The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette is considering LSU, Alabama, USC, Miami (FL) and others.

UA Game jersey tour: Bo Scarbrough

October, 3, 2013
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Bradenton, Fla. -- Senior athlete Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday.

The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.

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Courtesy of IntersportBo Scarbrough, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Scarbrough, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game, presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. and will be televised on ESPN.

“First, I would like to thank God,” Scarbrough said. “This is a blessing to be here today. I would like to thank Coach [Chris] Weinke and the coaching staff for guiding me, and leading me down that right path. And I just want to say thank y’all for this day,”

Weinke, IMG Academy's head coach, said his star player is both a leader by example, and as a competitor.

“He comes to practice every day with the right mindset. He’s the leader in all of our drills. Sets the tempo for practice, and that carries over into the games in Friday nights ... from that standpoint he’s not an outspoken guy, but leads by example and has been a great leader for us throughout the year. It’s going to give him an opportunity to compete against the best in the country. It’s no secret that he’s elevated himself to that level, and I think it’s going to be exciting for him ... because he’s very competitive. He wants to play against the best, and I think this will be an opportunity to show his skills against the best high schools players in the country.”

Following in the footsteps of the players before him and the chance to play against the best of the best in the 2014 class made the Under Armour All-America Game a simple decision.

“It’s like an honor to be selected for the Under Armour Game, and especially since Julio Jones, A.J. Green and all those guys played in it. It really shows you have the potential to do it [NFL]. I’m going to take it like it’s a normal high school game and forget the cameras are there. It will be pretty cool to be playing on ESPN, which there is a lot of kids that don’t have the opportunity to play in this game ... so I’m going to take advantage of it. I’m most excited to play in the Under Armour Game for the competition because I already know half of the kids that are playing in it ... so the competition is what I’m looking forward to.”

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Scarbrough is the No. 20-ranked prospect overall and the No. 2 athlete in the class. He committed to Alabama over Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Florida State and a number of others.

UA Game jersey tour: David Cornwell

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Senior quarterback David Cornwell was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game at Norman North High School in Norman, Okla., Thursday.

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Courtesy of IntersportQB David Cornwell will show his skills at the Under Armour All-America Game before heading to Alabama.
Cornwell, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“I would like to thank my family, the coaching staff and the players at Norman North,” Cornwell said. “This wouldn’t be available without y’all, and I would like thank Under Armour and American Family Insurance,”

For the future Crimson Tide signal-caller, it’s the prestige of the Under Armour All-America Game that was the deciding factor.

“It’s a great honor. I’m blessed to play in this game, and am really looking forward to the speed of this game and the legacy that comes with it,” he said. “It’s a prestigious game, a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to playing with great players.”

The 6-foot-5, 241-pound Cornwell is the No. 32 ranked prospect overall, and the No. 2 pocket passer in the class. He selected Alabama over offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Miami (FL), Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and others.

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