- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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IMMOKALEE, Fla. -- Senior athlete J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) was presented his honorary game jersey Thursday at Immokalee High 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 tour.
Jackson, a Florida 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 off, I want to thank the man above who gave me the strength and athletic ability,” Jackson said. “Also, my wonderful family who has also been there for me. Thanks to my teachers, teammates and coaches who me on the right track. Special thanks to my lovely parents who stayed on me, and thank you Under Armour for acknowledging me.”
Immokalee head coach Richard Dombroski expects his star player to make his mark at the Under Armour All-America Game.
“I’m looking forward to seeing J.C. compete against the best talent in this country," Dombroski said. "I know in my heart he’s going to rise to the top so to speak. And he's going to go out and do a phenomenal job, he’s going to represent Immokalee High School, the community of Immokalee and southwest Florida in Tampa in January.”
Like so many others playing in the Under Armour All-America Game, the chance to play against the best players in the country made selecting the game an easy choice.
“I accepted this invitation to the Under Armour Game because I want to compete against the best ... to see [where] my real talent is at," Jackson said. "It’s going to be fun, exciting. My first time to ever play on ESPN. ... I’m just going to ball and have fun at the same time.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound Jackson is the No. 73-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 8 athlete in the class. He committed to Florida over Miami (Fla.), Florida State and others.