Senior punter Jake Hartbarger (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne 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. The event was part of a three-month selection tour.
Hartbarger, a Michigan 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.
“First of all, I would like to thank Under Armour for my selection,” Hartbarger said. “This is a great honor. Next, I would like to thank my family and friends for all their support. Also Coach [Craig] Smith for everything he has done. … He’s been a great high school coach and is fun to be with, as well as the rest of the coaching staff. Next, I would like to thank my teammates. … I wouldn’t be here without them. Thank you for everything, as well as Kohl’s kicking and everything you have done giving me the opportunity to be here. I look forward to representing Anthony Wayne at the 2014 Under Armour Game.”
"Being invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game is a huge honor for me, and it was just a big honor that I couldn't pass up. There are many players they have played in the game that play in the NFL and it's just a great opportunity for me. I am looking forward to getting to hang around with the guys. I think it's going to be really fun getting to see what it is going to be like in college, and then just having a great time in Florida."
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Hartbarger is a three-star prospect and the No. 4 kicker in the class. He chose Michigan State over offers from Oklahoma, Iowa State and others.