- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Senior wide receiver Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge, La. Tuesday. The event was part of the three-month selection tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.
Dupre, a three-sport star at John Curtis, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised all-star game spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
“I want to thank all of y’all for supporting me today,” Dupre said. “Just thank you Under Armour for the opportunity to play in this game. I know there are so many high school players in the country that work hard, but being selected to play in this game is a huge honor and I’m appreciative for it. I’m blessed, and thank you Coach J.T. [Curtis] for teaching me so many life lessons and things.”
For Dupre, the road to be an Under Armour all-star selection wasn’t an easy one.
"It’s wasn’t the best road…I wasn’t the best player in football, basketball or track,” Dupre said. “I always could jump, I always was pretty fast and athletic, but I never had skills. I probably started developing skills my freshman or sophomore year. I know a lot of it is God just blessed with me the talents because I just grew so much.”
The nation’s top-ranked wide receiver is looking forward to measuring himself against the best prospects in his class in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
“I'm ready to compete and have fun with the guys during game week,” Dupre said. “The Under Armour All-American game is going to be the measuring stick for everyone going to play college football next year, because we're the best guys in the country right now."
Along with being the top wide receiver, the 6-foot-3, 187-pound Dupre is the No. 26 ranked prospect overall. He is considering LSU, UCLA, Alabama, Florida State, and others.