Georgia Bulldogs: 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.
Senior defensive tackle Dontavius Russell (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton) was presented his honorary game jersey Wednesday 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 jersey tour.

Dontavius Russell
Radi Nabulsi/ESPNGeorgia commit Dontavius Russell is ranked No. 201 in the ESPN 300.
Russell, a Georgia commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the 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 thank God and my parents for everything they do for me every day,” Russell said.

For Russell, the chance to follow in the footsteps of current NFL stars made the UA game an easy choice.

"I'm looking forward to being able to play against some of the top players in the country, and getting an opportunity to play in a different state and area. It feels great. I hope we get the same opportunity as they did, and be able to play at the same level as they got to play at,” Russell said.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Russell is the No. 201 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 15 defensive tackle in the class. He committed to Georgia over Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Stanford, Clemson and several 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: 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: Jeb Blazevich

September, 13, 2013
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Senior tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.Cc/Charlotte Christian) 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 Charlotte Christian High School in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday.

[+] EnlargeJeb Blazevich
Courtesy of IntersportJeb Blazevich will show his skills at the Under Armour All-America Game before heading to Georgia.
Blazevich, a Georgia 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.

“First off, I just got to say thank you to God,” Blazevich said. “I thought about all the people I could thank, and the biggest thing for me is just I wanted to thank God for the community he put me with my parents, the coaches and every single one of y’all. Everybody had a vital role in where I want to go, and that just happens to be the Under Armour All-America Game,”

Charlotte Christian head coach Jason Estep said it’s Blazevich’s versatility that makes him a terrific tight end prospect.

“He gives that hybrid effect that I think a lot of college coaches are looking for now,” Estep said. “The ability offensively to put his hand down and play tight end and block at the point of attack, and he also has the ability to flex out and be a mismatch potentially on a linebacker or safety. So it’s a pretty unique balance.”

Blazevich is looking forward to the challenge and competition during the Under Armour practices.

“I want to go against the best. No matter who that is that week, whoever is on their ‘A’ game … I want to go against them,” the No. 94 player in the ESPN 300 said. “To be a part of this is a huge honor, just to be able to say that you are an All-American. It’s very humbling, and I understand it’s a blessing. I also understand that it’s a big responsibility and have to work out to make sure I show out down there.”

The 6-foot-5, 233-pound Blazevich is the No. 3 Tight end-H in the class. He selected Georgia over offers from Clemson, Florida, Alabama, Duke, LSU and a number of others.

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