- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Senior offensive guard Alec Eberle (Mechanicsville, Va./Altee) 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.
Eberle, a Florida State 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.
“I would just like to take this time to thank everybody that has helped me along the way,” Eberle said. “I’m extremely honored to be playing in this prestigious game. I would like to thank all of the coaches that helped me from little league, middle school, high school: everybody. Especially my parents, who have helped me along the way. They’ve done so much for me. They have taken me all over the country. My team, especially, has been a great support system for me. This game, I just don’t want to do this to honor myself and my family. This is for y’all. This is for Mechanicsville and Hanover County because I will always remember where I came from.”
Altee coach Roscoe Johnson points to Eberle’s motor and work ethic as reasons for his success.
“Alec is a special kid. It’s his work ethic. He’s that kid that when you see him out on the field, he is always going 100 miles per hour. His motor is constantly running, and he is just mean when he is out on that field. But yet, he’s also that gentile giant who loves his teammates. He treats them like his brothers. And you can tell he wants to win … he loves to win.”
For the 6-foot-4, 271-pound Eberle, the UA game is the chance to test himself against the best competition possible.
“I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because there really isn't a much better choice I can make. I waited and waited for an invitation to this game, and as soon as I found out I had been invited, I committed right away. The biggest thing I'm looking forward to is competing with the best, lining up next to the best, and just being able to show what I can do against the best players in the country because this is 90 of the best guys in the country. You can’t get much better competition than this. I'm extremely excited to get down to Florida and play. It will give me a taste of what it will be like at Florida State next year and the years to come after that.
"I'm definitely looking forward to it.”
The 6-foot-4, 271-pound Eberle is a three-star prospect and the No. 27 guard in the class. He committed to Florida State over offers from Maryland, Connecticut and others.