Florida Gators: UA jersey tour 2014

UA Game jersey tour: Raekwon McMillan

November, 16, 2013
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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

November, 14, 2013
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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.

Da'Shawn Hand
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.

UA Game jersey tour: Damian Prince

November, 8, 2013
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Forestville, Md. -- Offensive tackle Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) was presented his honorary game jersey during for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Bishop McNamara High School Thursday.

Prince, who has an official visit scheduled to Maryland this weekend, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“I just want to thank the whole school, Bishop McNamara for allowing Under Armour to come here and do this for me,” Prince said. “This is really just been a testament for my hard work. I have been working real hard for this. This is something I prayed for and dreamed for.”

Bishop McNamara head coach and former Penn State linebacker Keith Goganious says the reasons for Prince’s success are easy to figure out.

“I think what makes Damian special is his work ethic and attitude,” Goganious said. “He’s very goal focused and he really wants to be successful.”

Along with the chance to play against the best, and follow in the footsteps of some of the stars of the game, Prince is excited to live out a dream at the Under Armour Game.

"I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because of the legends that have played in the game … A.J. Green, Jadeveon Clowney and Julio Jones -- they're awesome players. … I’m a competitor, I love to compete, and I’m ready to get down there and really gauge where my talent level is with the best players in the country.”

And the 6-foot-5, 286-pound tackle has special motivation for the game.

“What motivates me as a player and person is definitely my family, and the past what I have been through,” Prince said “Losing my great grandmother and great grandfather who raised me from the time I was born until they passed on, they really gave me everything that a kid could possibly asked for. … They said work hard, and just understand the importance of a good work ethic. I just really want to make them proud, and I know they are looking down right now, and I know today I’m definitely making them smile today.”

Prince is the No. 26 overall prospect and the No. 3 offensive tackle in the class. He is considering Maryland, Florida State, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State and 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: Quincy Wilson

October, 14, 2013
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Senior safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) was presented his honorary game jersey at his school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.

Wilson, 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.

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Miller Safrit/ESPNThe day before last year's UA Game, then-junior DB Quincy Wilson participated in Under Armour All-America Combine at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“I just want to say thank you to Under Armour for giving this opportunity to play in this game,” Wilson said. “Thank you to my coach for having me at this school, everybody here supporting me, and I just have to continue doing what I’m doing.”

University School head coach Roger Harriott says his star defensive back's intangibles are most impressive.

“Quincy is a special player because of his tangibles," he said. "He obviously has prototypical assets about him. He has a lot of range, speed, he’s a nice-size defensive back that is extremely explosive. I think the most impressive aspect of Quincy Wilson are his intangibles. He’s a good person, a great student, his extremely compassionate, loyal to his players, extremely supportive and I think that’s what separates him from other ball players.”

The Under Armour All-America Game was the one all-star game Wilson has always wanted to take part in.

"I accepted the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because I grew up watching the game and I’ve always wanted to play in it," he said. "I went to the game last year and saw all of the guys out there and it looked pretty fun. I talked to [Florida freshman cornerback] Vernon Hargreaves about it and he said it was real cool and something to look forward to. I'm really excited to play in this game, and I'm looking forward to competing against the best."

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Wilson is the No. 203-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 12 safety in the class. He committed to Florida over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Louisville, LSU and a number of others.

UA Game jersey tour: Ermon Lane

October, 13, 2013
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Senior wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead High) was presented his honorary game jersey on Friday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event at his school was part of a three-month selection tour.

Lane, a Florida 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 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 want to thank God, my family, my teammates, my coaches and all the people that have been there since Day 1," Lane said. "You know, all this hard work is paying off, and I'm just glad to be selected to play in the All-American game."

Homestead High coach Larry Coffey said Lane's love for competition stands out, and is among the reasons his star player is in position to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.

"I think he's played football for quite a long time growing up as a kid, and he's got a strong football background and he just loves to compete. That puts him in position to do the kinds of things that he's done, to be in a position that he's in right now … as well as being recognized as the No. 1 receiver in the country and having the opportunity to go to Florida or basically any place in the country he wants."

Lane decided on the Under Armour All-America game because of friends, future teammates and the ability to play on the big stage on ESPN.

" … I wanted to play with the guys that I knew. Chad Thomas, Joseph Yearby, and Dalvin Cook told me they were going to accept it, so I did the same since I'm going to college with some of those players. At the end of the day, I'm excited to showcase my talent to the world on the big stage because I know a lot of people are going to be watching the Under Armour All-America Game."

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Lane is the No. 28 ranked prospect overall, and the No. 2 wide receiver in the class. Lane committed to Florida over offers from Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Alabama, Auburn and a number of others.

UA Game jersey tour: Dalvin Cook

October, 11, 2013
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Senior running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) 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.

Cook, a Florida 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 will be played at 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsRunning back Dalvin Cook is No. 23 in the ESPN 300.
"I just want to thank everybody for pushing me to be here, where I'm at today," Cook said. "I want to thank my family, my coaches, the whole support staff, the principal, everybody. I just want to thank y'all."

Miami Central head coach Roland Smith says Cook has kept his speed while adding more muscle mass and power to his game.

"He was always a fast kid, but I think what ma2de him the great back he is now is getting in the weight room … hitting the weight room hard, putting on the mass that he has now to go with that speed that makes him a scary back to tackle. Because when he hits the corner, not only are you seeing a fast back, but you are seeing a fast big back that is 5-11 and close to 200 pounds that can run real fast … a 4.3 kid."

Cook chose the Under Armour All-American Game because of the glowing reviews the game has received from players in Miami that have played in it.

"They told me they had a great time at the game and enjoyed their experience. The aspects I'm looking forward to being coached by some of the great coaches…and being around some of the best talent in the nation and trying to showcase my talent. With this game being featured by Trent Richardson, Julio Jones and Jadeveon Clowney, I just feel like if I keep working … I can be where they are at," Cook said.

The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Cook is the No. 23 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 4 running back in the class. He committed to Florida over offers from Clemson, USC, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Auburn and several others.
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.

UA Game jersey tour: Jamal Adams

September, 12, 2013
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Safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) was presented his honorary 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football game jersey Sept. 30. The event held at Hebron High in Lewisville was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour.

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Courtesy of IntersportJamal Adams is the No. 25 ranked prospect in the ESPN 300.
Adams, the No. 25 ranked played in the country, is one of 90 players who have been selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game, which will be nationally televised at 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on ESPN.

"First off, I want to thank God and my family because without them I wouldn't be here right now," said Adams. "Second, I would like to thank the coaching staff (at Hebron High). You guys are wonderful to me. I really do appreciate each and every one of you. Third, I would like to thank my teammates. Really, I just want to thank everyone from my high school … my teachers that have taught me everything. I'm really honored and blessed to receive this honor, and I'm really just ready to get out there and compete with those top guys. I just hope that you guys support me through everything, and I appreciate everything you did for me,"

Hebron head coach Brian Brazil echoed his star players thoughts on the honor.

"I would like to congratulate Jamal, and the entire football team," said Brazil. "Anytime you get an award like this, it's great for the whole program. We want to thank everybody at Hebron for supporting Jamal and the football team."

For Adams, playing in the Under Armour All-America Game was a decision based on playing against the best competition.

"I have a lot of friends playing in this game. I'm trying to play against the best of the be sty, and really that's why I picked this game. I want tp play against the best wide receivers," Adams said.

The 6-foot-0, 204-pound Adams is the No. 25 ranked prospect in the ESPN 300, and the No. 3 safety. He is considering Texas A&M, Florida, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Texas.

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