- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.
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