Senior cornerback Jermaine Roberts (New Orleans, La./Saint Augustine High) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Game at Saint Augustine High School in New Orleans on Friday.
The event was part of the three-month tour for the UA Game.
Roberts, a Texas commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual UA All-America Game, a nationally-televised competition which spotlights the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 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 of all, I would like to thank God, my coaches and my family,” Roberts said. “And I’ll see y’all at the Under Armour All-American Game. Thanks y’all."
Saint Augustine head coach Cyril Crutchfield says his star corner is a man of high standards.
“Once again, he’s a person of high standards. A great student athlete [who] does the things he needs to do in the classroom. And he’s a tremendously hard worker on the field, and we expect big things out of him.”
For Roberts, being selected to the UA Game is a sign that good things happen when you work hard.
“It feels great knowing all the hard work pays off. I accepted this because I knew it was probably one of the last times [I'll be] playing with one of my brothers. I think I was selected because of my speed and my ball-hawking ability,” he said.
The 5-foot-9, 166-pound Roberts is the No. 172-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 15 cornerback in the class. He committed to Texas over offers from Ole Miss, TCU, UCLA, Oklahoma and a number of others.