Florida State Seminoles: UA jersey tour 2014

UA Game jersey tour: Alec Eberle

November, 16, 2013
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Senior offensive guard Alec Eberle (Mechanicsville, Va./Altee) 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.

Eberle, a Florida State 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 2014 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 IntersportOffensive guard Alec Eberle committed to Florida State in May.
“I would just like to take this time to thank everybody that has helped me along the way,” Eberle said. “I’m extremely honored to be playing in this prestigious game. I would like to thank all of the coaches that helped me from little league, middle school, high school: everybody. Especially my parents, who have helped me along the way. They’ve done so much for me. They have taken me all over the country. My team, especially, has been a great support system for me. This game, I just don’t want to do this to honor myself and my family. This is for y’all. This is for Mechanicsville and Hanover County because I will always remember where I came from.”

Altee coach Roscoe Johnson points to Eberle’s motor and work ethic as reasons for his success.

“Alec is a special kid. It’s his work ethic. He’s that kid that when you see him out on the field, he is always going 100 miles per hour. His motor is constantly running, and he is just mean when he is out on that field. But yet, he’s also that gentile giant who loves his teammates. He treats them like his brothers. And you can tell he wants to win … he loves to win.”

For the 6-foot-4, 271-pound Eberle, the UA game is the chance to test himself against the best competition possible.

“I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because there really isn't a much better choice I can make. I waited and waited for an invitation to this game, and as soon as I found out I had been invited, I committed right away. The biggest thing I'm looking forward to is competing with the best, lining up next to the best, and just being able to show what I can do against the best players in the country because this is 90 of the best guys in the country. You can’t get much better competition than this. I'm extremely excited to get down to Florida and play. It will give me a taste of what it will be like at Florida State next year and the years to come after that.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it.”

The 6-foot-4, 271-pound Eberle is a three-star prospect and the No. 27 guard in the class. He committed to Florida State over offers from Maryland, Connecticut and others.

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: Malachi Dupre

October, 15, 2013
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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.

UA Game jersey tour: Kain Daub

September, 27, 2013
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Senior inside linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) was presented his honorary game jersey 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.

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Courtesy of IntersportFlorida State fans can catch Kain Daub in action during the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game.
Daub, a Florida State 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 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 would like to thank my teammates and my family for coming and all the support I’ve ever had,” Daub said. “And this is an honor and I never thought I would be here.”

Sandalwood head coach Adam Geis says it’s Daub's versatility and athleticism that makes him a potentially special prospect.

“He’ll do well against anybody he goes up against. He plays ‘Mike’ for us, but I think when Kain goes to the next level ... the way he can run and cover, he can do a lot of different things ... he’s probably going to be an outside guy, but I think he likes that too. Trust me, they hit on the outside, too, at the next level. He’s such a good athlete, there is a lot of different things he can end up doing at the next level.”

The fact that 2013 participant and former Sandalwood teammate DeMarcus Walker spoke so highly of the event made the decision to accept the invite a simple one for Daub.

“I decided to play in this game because my whole family goes to the game, and my teammate from last year played in the game last year and told me about the experience ... and I thought I had to be a part of it," Daub said. "It’s going to be great to play on ESPN. I played on it [ESPN] once, and it’s pretty hype. I’m looking forward to playing against the other guys that are going to big time D-I schools.”

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Daub is the No. 35 prospect overall in the ESPN 300 and the No. 2 inside linebacker in the class. He committed to Florida State over LSU, Florida, Alabama and a host of others.

UA Game jersey tour: Jacob Pugh

September, 25, 2013
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Senior linebacker Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby High) 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 Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday. The event was part of the three-month selection tour for the UA All-America Game.

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Courtesy of IntersportJacob Pugh will take the field on Jan. 4 as an Under Armour All-American before heading off to Florida State.
Pugh, a Florida State commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, an all-star game spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 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 first off thank God for allowing this to happen,” Pugh said. “I want to thank God for my coach, my team, my mom and I just love my team…and I’m doing this for my team.”

Godby High head coach Ronnie Cottrell says his star player is just as impressive off the field as on it.

“What makes Jacob Pugh special is he’s a fantastic individual,” Cottrell said. “Yes, he’s a tremendous football player and one of the top five in the country at his position. He has great length and great speed, but I think what separates him as a player is his ability to rush the passer. I think that’s what’s going to make him a great player at Florida State and in the All-America Game.

“Jacob Pugh’s just don’t come along every day, and that’s why he is in the game. He’s one of those really special men.”

For Pugh, the decision to play in the Under Armour All-America Game was simple -- it offered the best competition.

“I decided to play in the game because I want to represent my team, represent my coaches and represent my school,” Pugh said. “Also, it was an honor and a privilege to be chosen to compete against some of the nation’s top players. I’m looking forward to competing, that’s all.

The player I’m looking forward to playing against is that No. 1 running back [Leonard Fournette] in the nation. I don’t know his name, but I’m looking forward to tackling him and getting a hold of him.”

The 6-foot-4, 224-pound Pugh is the No. 108 ranked prospect overall and the No. 5 outside linebacker in the class. Pugh committed to Florida State over Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and others.

UA Game jersey tour: Marlon Humphrey

September, 12, 2013
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Five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Al./Hoover High) was presented his honorary 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football game jersey on Aug. 30. The event held at Hoover High in Hoover was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour.

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Courtesy of IntersportMarlon Humphrey set his sights on playing in the Under Armour Game while in high school.
Humphrey, the No. 9 ranked played in the country, is one of 90 players 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, I would like to thank American Family Insurance," said Humphrey. "(The Under Armour All-America Game is something) I've wanted to do since I was a kid. I want to thank Hoover, my parents, my coaches, the cafeteria, the teachers and everybody that makes this such a great place. Shout out to the football team,"

Humphrey's decision to play in the Under Armour All-America Game was actually made five years ago.

"I decided to play in the Under Armour game in 2008, when I saw it for the first time. Since then, I decided I wanted to play in that game. The practices, being with all those top guys and future NFL guys; I definitely want to see how they work and maybe I can learn a few things," he said.

Following in the footsteps of former state of Alabama players that played in the Under Armour All-America Game is big for the two-sport star.

“It’s definitely a dream … really a blessing. I'm in the same shoes as a lot of top guys right now … Dee Milliner, Julio Jones. It just seems like a dream come true, and I'm really excited to play in it." He said.

The 6-foot-0, 179-pound Humphrey is the No. 9 ranked prospect in the ESPN 300, and the No. 3 cornerback. He is considering Alabama, South Carolina, Florida State and Mississippi State.

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