LSU Tigers: UA jersey tour 2014

UA game jersey tour: Brandon Harris

October, 18, 2013
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Senior quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway High) 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.

Harris, an LSU commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised competition game featuring the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 game will be played at 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 family, everybody that came out, my teammates of course, my coaches ... every one of these guys," Harris said. "It’s a great opportunity, a big step and it shows the way our athletics have turned around at Parkway High School.”

Parkay High head coach David Feaster said his star player will turn heads at the game on and off the field.

“We, of course, do share in the pride of Brandon. We think we all are a part of it, and as he goes forward and all that ... we know he is going to be representing us. I can practically guarantee you that you and everybody that is going to be down there with him for a week will come up to me at the end of the week and say, 'Man, did I enjoy being around Brandon Harris for this week.' In addition to being a great athlete, he’s a great person and we know that he is going to be a great representative for Parkway High School.”

Harris is looking to test himself against the best players in the nation.

"I decided to come to the Under Armour All-America Game because it's a great event. The tradition of the last seven years that Under Armour has been doing this has been a fantastic game. The opportunity to play in front of a national crowd is huge. Every pass, every play is going to be contested ... guys are going to give 150 percent. That’s what I’m excited about,” Harris said.

The 6-foot-2, 186-pound Harris is the No. 49 prospect overall and the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the class. He committed to LSU over Texas A&M, Baylor, Auburn, Arkansas, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others.

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.
The nation's No. 1 prospect Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) was presented on Friday his honorary game jerseys for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour. The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.

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Courtesy of IntersportThe nation's No. 1 player Leonard Fournette is considering LSU, Alabama, USC, Miami (FL) and others.
Fournette 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 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 of all, I would like to thank God, my parents, my team and see y’all in Florida at the Under Armour Game,” Fournette said.

Short and to the point, Saint Augustine head coach Cyrus Crutchfield says his star player embodies a student athlete.

“This young man is well deserving of this recognition," Crutchfield said. "He’s a young man of high character and embodies the true meaning of student athlete.”

For Fournette, playing in the Under Armour All-America Game is a culmination of hard work and dedication.

“All-American means ... all my hard work and dedication is paying off. It paid off, and they selected me out of two million people and I thank God for that. I’m mostly looking forward to playing against all the great players around the nation that everyone always talks about ... the ranked people,”

According to Fournette, his parents and the positive people in his life are the reason he is in this position.

“My parents and the positive people that stayed around me," he said. "I handle the pressure by saying my prayers every night and keeping myself ground and humble; and that’s pretty much it.”

The 6-foot-1, 226-pound Fournette is considering LSU, Alabama, USC, Miami (FL) and others.

UA Game jersey tour: Speedy Noil

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New Orleans -- Five-star athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.

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Courtesy of IntersportSpeedy Noil is the Class of 2014's top-ranked athlete prospect.
Noil, No. 8 in the 2014 class, 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.

Edna Karr head coach Nathaniel Jones knows what kind of star he has in Noil.

“Speedy Noil is probably one of the best players I’ve coached thus far in my career, and I definitely think he will make Edna Karr and his family proud going on to the next level.”

For Noil the all-star event is a culmination of hard work.

“To be an Under Armour All-America, you have to put work into. You have to love the game, feel the game through all the small things such as in the classroom having your grades, practicing everyday, working harder than everybody else. It’s basically about your character, I would say.”

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Noil is the No. 1 athlete in the class and is considering LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, USC and Oregon.


Senior offensive guard Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory 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.

Brumfield is the No. 102 ranked prospect in the ESPN 300, and the No. 4 offensive guard in the Class of 2014. He committed to LSU over Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Texas A&M and Miami (FL).

“I’m really excited to be able to be a part of the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game,” Brumfield said. “It’s a great opportunity, and I can’t wait to go out in January and compete against some of the best guys in the country.”

The decision to play in the Under Armour All-America Game was a simple one.

“I accepted the invitation because of the guys who have played before me. My teammate last year, Tim Williams, Julio Jones has played, actually one of my idols, La'el Collins, played in the Under Armour Game. Being able to follow in those guys’ footsteps was a great opportunity. For me to be an Under Armour All-American, it’s a great opportunity. I feel like I’ll get to come out and compete against literally the best guys in the country. There is going to be great talent out there, and great competition. I’m really excited for it.

Blessed with the understanding of hard work and talent maximization, Brumfield feels like his selection was due to a combination of work and talent.

“I honestly feel like I was picked because I’ve showed that drive, that hard work ... that I can go out and compete and play well against the rest of the guys. I’ve shown I have the character, the physical ability and the talent to go out and play against those guys.”

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.

UA jersey tour: Jacory Washington

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Jacory WashingtonMiller Safrit/ESPNJacory Washington at the Under Armour combine in January.
Senior tight end Jacory Washington (Westlake, La./Westlake) was presented his honorary game jersey at his school Wednesday 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 selection tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.

Washington, an LSU commitment, 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 game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“First, giving honor to God, our lord and savior,” Washington said. “My family, friends and teammates. To a special set of trainers, personal coaches to my mentors to my high school coaches to the faculty and staff and to the student body at Westlake High School. As I put this jersey on, it is my only wish that it was a size 100XL. Although the words 'All-America' are written on it, it should say 'All-Americans' with an 'S' because I realize I would not be standing here without the support of all of you. It is because of your prayers, encouraging words, and love and unwavering support that I stand here today. And as I play in the 2014 All-America Game on January 2, 2014, know that although the name on the back of the jersey will read Washington … no one understands that I will be playing and representing each and everyone of you here today. To the Under Armour selection committee and American Family Insurance, thank you for selecting me as an Under Armour All-American and to have the honor to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.”

Westlake coach Shawn Demeritt says this is an award that speaks to the entire football program and community.

“It’s a big honor for this school. I think it’s a big representation of Westlake Ram football, our community, our administration and the great support we receive each and every Friday night. Once again, congratulations Jacory; you deserve it and we will all be pulling for you Jan. 2.”

Washington said talking to players that played in the game before him made selecting the Under Armour All-America Game an easy decision.

“To be an Under Armour All-America, it’s a blessing, man. It let me know that all my hard work is finally paying off. The Under Armour Game is real exciting. I talked to a couple of guys from last year, and they really liked it. They said it was a sight to see. I can’t wait to get out there, at Disney playing on ESPN. … I really want to get in that skills challenge, hopefully bring back that plaque. There’s a lot to look forward to,” Washington said.

The 6-foot-5, 211-pound Washington is the No. 163 prospect overall and the No. 6 tight end in the class. He committed to LSU over Texas A&M, Florida, Ole Miss, Michigan, Miami (Fla.) and several others.

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