- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.
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.
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