- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Senior defensive end Andrew Trumbetti (Demarest, N.J./Northern Valley Regional High) 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 a three-month tour.
Trumbetti, a Notre Dame 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 on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
“First I would like to thank my family for all their love and support,” Trumbetti said. “Thank you Joe Riccheo, Dan Goodman and the entire VarsityF staff for helping to build me into the athlete I am today. Next, I would like to thank my teammates because I truly feel like this is a team accomplishment, and I would not be standing here without them. I would like to thank my coaches, especially coach [Tony] Mattola, for all their support and lessons they have taught me on and off the field. ... Finally, thank you Under Armour and American Family Insurance for selecting me. I can’t wait to represent my school and my community when I step onto the field January 2nd for the 2014 All-American Game.”
Mottola says his star player is special on, and off the field.
“What makes Andrew Trumbetti special is pretty much everything he does," Mottola said. "He’s a fierce competitor. He does a great job on the field, does a great job off the field in the classroom and in the community. Everything he does, he gives 110 percent. He comes from a really tremendous family, and we are just very proud of Andrew.”
Like so many before him, Trumbetti said the competition and roster are what led him to choose the Under Armour All-America Game.
“I decided to accept the invitation to the All-American Game because of all the competition I knew was going to be there," he said. "I mean, from past years of watching the game, it’s definitely a big deal. I know a lot of guys that are going, and it’s definitely going to be great to go down there and see them and compete with them, and hopefully win the game.
"I feel that I was selected to play because I'm a hard worker and I'm not a showboat when I step on the field. I know a lot of kids look up to me, I know that I have a lot to live up to, and I know that every time I step on the field I give it everything I have. Being an All-American isn't all about just being the best player. It's about being the best teammate, classmate, friend, and whatever else you can be."
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Trumbetti is the No. 107-ranked prospect overall and the No. 11 defensive end in the class. He committed to Notre Dame over Boston College, Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin and a number of others.