Michigan Wolverines: UA jersey tour 2014

UA Game jersey tour: Wilton Speight

November, 16, 2013
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Senior quarterback Wilton Speight (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) 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.

Speight, a Michigan 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 IntersportWilton Speight is No. 133 in the ESPN 300.
“It really means a lot to me to be able to represent not only my family, but this school, this community and these guys up here, my teammates,” Speight said. “My family, my mom and dad, my two younger brothers Griffin and Jess. It hasn’t all been pretty these past few years … recruiting, as many of you guys know wanting to play in college is tough. You never really know what coaches mean and stuff, but through all the ups and downs, my parents and two brothers have been there with me … and I thank you guys a lot. Today is a really special day, so thank you.”

Collegiate School coach Mark Palyo expects his star quarterback to continue showing strong leadership.

“I really expect Wilton to go there, and just be Wilton. To be that same player he is here for Collegiate School. He’s going to be down there doing that with a bunch of people he is going to meet for the first time. I expect him to carry himself the exact same way … to go out and be that leader on the field. To show what his skills are, and how he can help the team he is on and be successful in the game. I expect him to be the same exact person.”

The future Wolverines quarterback is looking forward to playing with the best players in the country.

"Having my family and team and coaches here is pretty awesome. I definitely wouldn’t be sitting in this chair and doing this interview if it wasn’t for all the people named. I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to play with the best of the best … the best talent around the country. I think what motivates me the most is pure drive to be the best. Not just a quarterback, but as a person. This [Under Armour Game] is kind of like the icing on the cake. I’ve had a really awesome experience here in high school here at Collegiate, and a fun way to go down to Orlando and Disney World. It’s going to be an amazing way to transition from one period of my life to the next.”

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Speight is the No. 133 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 6 pocket passer in the class. He committed to Michigan over offers from Miami (Fla.) and NC State.

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: Jared Wangler

November, 14, 2013
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Senior outside linebacker Jared Wangler (Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate) 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 selection tour.

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Courtesy of IntersportJared Wangler, a three-star linebacker, is committed to Michigan.
Wangler, a Michigan 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 featuring 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’ve grown up watching the Under Armour All-America Game on TV, and so I’ve always looked at it as a goal I wanted to reach,” Wangler said. “Shane Morris, one of my teammates last year, played in this game said it was a blast, so I’m excited to go down and play. I know we have a couple of Michigan commits going down. I’m looking forward to getting to know them better, and getting ready to play college football.”

Wangler said the opportunity to play in the game is a tremendous honor when looking at the players that have played in the past.

“It’s definitely an honor. To be able to play in this game alongside some of the best players in the country, and the alumni of this game … the list goes on and on. And it’s just a tremendous honor to get to play in it,” he said.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Wangler is a three-star prospect and the No. 65 outside linebacker in the class. He committed to Michigan over Penn State, LSU, Cincinnati, Indiana and others.
Paramus, N.J. -- Five-star cornerback Jabrill Peppers and teammate Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) were presented with their honorary Under Armour All-America Game jerseys Wednesday.

Peppers and Bushell-Beatty, both Michigan commits, are among the 90 players selected to compete in the event on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Courtesy of IntersportJuwann Bushell-Beatty and Jabrill Peppers will are two high-profile commits in Michigan's 2014 class.
"I just want to thank my Dad for putting me into this game. This game has changed my life. Just being able to do what you love and allow that to pay for your college, that's just lovely," Peppers said. “… It’s truly and honor to play against some of the top players in the country. “

Paramus Catholic head coach Chris Partridge says he is just as proud of what his star players have achieved both on and off the field.

“The thing about these two (Bushell-Beatty and Peppers) is you can see why they are chosen as they are physical specimens…and if you watch them play the game, you see how fast they are, how physical of big or explosive they are; but in reality what they have done both on off the field is why they are sitting up here and why I’m so proud of them.”

For Bushell-Beatty, an ESPN 300 offensive tackle, sees the game as another opportunity football has given him.

“I mean, a lot of opportunities have been opened by playing football that are great. Just this whole thing is really a blessing because not many people get to experience this,” Bushell-Beatty said. “From not playing football at all four years ago, and being where I am today is a great blessing. … Every last one of [my coaches] from the smallest part to the biggest part, they have had an effect on how I’ve gotten here.”

Peppers said the legacy of the game made his selection more memorable.

"It’s definitely a tremendous honor, just to be able to say I got to play in the same game as a lot of first round picks,” Peppers said. “You know Julio Jones, guys like that who played in this game and went on to have fantastic careers in college and be first round picks in the league. That’s what I plan to do, so it’s definitely a tremendous honor, it humbles me, I still have a long way to go and I just have to get better and better as everything continues to go along,”

And Peppers will get to show what he can do against the nation’s best.

“I just want to play. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in the Under Armour All-America Game. I've only been to Florida one time and just to go down there and play against the best guys throughout the country, do something I love to do, and just be able to prove myself before I prove myself in college … there is no better feeling and not a better experience than I can imagine right now.”

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Bushell-Beatty echoed those sentiments and the fact of have Paramus Catholic teammates together at the game.

"I'm excited to just get the chance to go against some of the top recruits out there and have the opportunity to go down to Orlando with my teammate, 'Brill,” he said. “This whole thing is just a great opportunity. I just want to get out there, get a chance to play, get the chance to meet everybody and have a great time.”

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers is the No. 2-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300, and the No. 1 cornerback in the class. Bushell-Beatty is the No. 124-ranked prospect and the No. 10 tackle in the class. Both chose the Wolverines over a litany of big-name offers.

UA Game jersey tour: Bryan Mone

October, 5, 2013
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Defensive tackle Bryan Mone (Salt Lake City, Utah/Highland 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 Highland High School in Salt Lake City on Friday.

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Courtesy of IntersportMichigan commit Bryan Mone, who is No. 76 in the ESPN 300 and the No. 5 DT, is excited about the opportunity to play in the Under Armour Game.
Mone, a Michigan commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game, which will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 2. It will be televised on ESPN at 4 p.m. ET.

“I would like to thank my God, my family, my teammates, my coaches, my school American Family Insurance and Under Armour.” Mone said. “Thank you.”

The powerful and quick defensive tackle understands the prestige of being selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.

"I feel really lucky. I'm blessed and humbled that ESPN picked me, so I'm very thankful,” he said. “I am most looking forward to getting out there and just having fun because that's what everyone says. It's not business, it's just having fun.”

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Mone is No. 76 in the ESPN 300 and the No. 5 defensive tackle in the nation. He committed to Michigan over offers from Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA, BYU, Ole Miss and a number of others.

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