- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Senior defensive end Lorenzo Featherston was presented his honorary game jersey at Page High School on Wednesday 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 leading up to the big game.
Featherston, the No. 27-ranked prospect overall in the ESPN 300, is one of 90 players picked 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.
“This is an honor to be a part of the Under Armour Game,” Featherston said. “I would like to thank my family, my mom, my grandma, my aunt and my cousins for their support.”
Page head coach Kevin Gillispie says his star player has everything one can't teach.
“Well, he’s 6-foot-7, he can jump out of the gym, he can run, he’s got a 7-foot-2 wingspan. These are things you can’t teach," Gillispie said. "He’s got a great motor and the huge potential everyone looks at. Those are things you just don’t see very often. I want to see what he looks like compared to all the other guys that look like him. That’s going to be a big transition for him from what he’s used to, even though we play really good competition. I want to see what he looks like when he goes to practice and he gets to play against the best in the country.”
The Under Armour All-America Game is an honor every player hopes to receive, according to Featherston.
“Really, it’s just like a once-in-a-lifetime thing," he said. "I don’t know what to expect. I never even heard of anyone getting invited to it. ... It’s just a thing that everyone hopes to get invited to one day."
The 6-7, 220-pound Featherston is the No. 4 defensive end in the class. He is considering Clemson, NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn, Oregon, Miami (Fla.) and Florida among others.
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