NCF On The Trail: UA jersey tour 2014

UA Game jersey tour: Braxton Berrios

November, 22, 2013
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Raleigh, N.C. – Senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) was presented his honorary jersey for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game Wednesday.

Braxton Berrios
Courtesy of IntersportBraxton Berrios will play for Miami after taking part in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Berrios, a Miami commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game, held Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“First, my family, thank you for everything,” Berrios said. “I’ve said it once and I will say it again, wouldn’t be here without you guys. My coaches, over the last eight to ten years of playing football specifically … thank you for developing me as a young man and as a player.”

Leesville Road head coach Chad Smothers cites his star player’s drive as the reason for his success.

“The key to the development of Braxton over the last couple of years has been his desire to be good,” Smothers said. “He has an internal competitive spirit that he has built on enhancing his physical tools. He has got strong in the weight room, he’s worked hard to improve his speed and that’s why Braxton has been able to do some of the things he has done.”

Berrios fully understands how big the honor is to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.

"When I got invited I was ecstatic,” Berrios said. “It's an honor, and you've got to represent yourself well enough on and off the field in order to put that jersey on and make it mean something. The experience I’m probably looking forward to the most is being around the best athletes and football players in the country. I'm definitely ready to get down to Florida. It's a little teaser because I'm enrolling in January, so I'll be moving to Miami right after the game. But I'm ready to play against the best and have a good time."

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Berrios is a four-star prospect and the No. 45 wide receiver in the class. He committed to the Hurricanes over Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and Oregon.

UA Game jersey tour: Dexter Wideman

November, 22, 2013
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Senior football player Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C./Saluda) was presented his honorary game jersey Thursday 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.

Wideman, 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 game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

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Courtesy of IntersportDexter Wideman is looking forward to following in the footsteps of his favorite player, Jadeveon Clowney.
“I want to first thank God for blessing me with this great opportunity,” said Wideman, who also thanked several family members, teachers, administrators and students. “I want to thank my coaches and teammates for pushing to go harder and get better. ... I know that I have a long way to go, and I ask that all of you pray for me and be with me during this journey.”

Saluda coach Wayne Bell said Wideman has accepted every challenge placed in front of him.

“I think he has had good push from family, from his grandmother especially. He’s had a good number of coaches that have really pushed him hard in the weight room and field, and he has accepted those challenges and he has worked extremely hard.”

For Wideman, the chance to follow in the footsteps of Jadeveon Clowney was a great opportunity.

"I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because it is one of the biggest games in the nation, and my favorite player, Jadeveon Clowney, played in it. I also just felt like this was going to be the best game for me to play in, and I'm very happy that I got selected. My dad is who motivates me the most. I lost my dad when I was in eighth grade, and every time I'm playing on the field, I think of him pushing me to go harder. There haven't been many people from Saluda to do something like this, and go far away and play in college, so that also motivates me and pushes me to go hard."

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Wideman is the No. 178 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 12 defensive tackle. He committed to Florida State over South Carolina and several other programs.

UA Game jersey tour: Alec Eberle

November, 16, 2013
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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.

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Courtesy of IntersportOffensive guard Alec Eberle committed to Florida State in May.
“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.

UA Game jersey tour: Wilton Speight

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Senior quarterback Wilton Speight (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) 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.

Speight, a Michigan 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.

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Courtesy of IntersportWilton Speight is No. 133 in the ESPN 300.
“It really means a lot to me to be able to represent not only my family, but this school, this community and these guys up here, my teammates,” Speight said. “My family, my mom and dad, my two younger brothers Griffin and Jess. It hasn’t all been pretty these past few years … recruiting, as many of you guys know wanting to play in college is tough. You never really know what coaches mean and stuff, but through all the ups and downs, my parents and two brothers have been there with me … and I thank you guys a lot. Today is a really special day, so thank you.”

Collegiate School coach Mark Palyo expects his star quarterback to continue showing strong leadership.

“I really expect Wilton to go there, and just be Wilton. To be that same player he is here for Collegiate School. He’s going to be down there doing that with a bunch of people he is going to meet for the first time. I expect him to carry himself the exact same way … to go out and be that leader on the field. To show what his skills are, and how he can help the team he is on and be successful in the game. I expect him to be the same exact person.”

The future Wolverines quarterback is looking forward to playing with the best players in the country.

"Having my family and team and coaches here is pretty awesome. I definitely wouldn’t be sitting in this chair and doing this interview if it wasn’t for all the people named. I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to play with the best of the best … the best talent around the country. I think what motivates me the most is pure drive to be the best. Not just a quarterback, but as a person. This [Under Armour Game] is kind of like the icing on the cake. I’ve had a really awesome experience here in high school here at Collegiate, and a fun way to go down to Orlando and Disney World. It’s going to be an amazing way to transition from one period of my life to the next.”

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Speight is the No. 133 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 6 pocket passer in the class. He committed to Michigan over offers from Miami (Fla.) and NC State.

UA Game jersey tour: Sam Mustipher

November, 16, 2013
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Senior offensive guard Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) 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.

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Courtesy of IntersportSam Mustipher, a four-star guard, is committed to Notre Dame.
Mustipher, a Notre Dame 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 and foremost, I would like to thank God because without the talents and blessings he has provide me with ... I would not be here today. Secondly, I would like to thank my family, especially my parents. All the sacrifices they have made for me throughout my life, I could not be more grateful. They have made it possible for me to be up here today standing before all of you. I would also like to thank the faculty and staff here at Good Counsel. They have provided a great platform for me to excel academically and athletically while here. Last but not least, I would like to thank my teammates and coaches … they provided me with everything I need. The brotherhood. I’ve made some great friendships here over the last four years. I love you and y’all have pushed me to be the greatest player I can be.”

Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy says playing in the UA game will be a preview for the next level for his star lineman.

“Getting the chance to play against the best in the country will be a little preview in January because he is going to the University of Notre Dame, so he’ll continue to play the best in the country. Sam will be fine. He is 6-4, 290 -- he’s not afraid to get in the weight room and he’s smart and driven; so I can’t wait to see the game.”

For Mustipher, playing in the UA game is all about competition and learning as he readies for the next level.

"I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because I just like to compete. The game provides a measuring stick before I get to Notre Dame as far as competition goes, too. I know the guys that are going to be playing are going to be the best in the country. I love to compete and have fun against different guys, and I can’t wait. I’m most looking forward to getting coaching from the guys down there. They have been where I hope to get in life; they know the ins and outs of life, college, the NFL, and of technique. I can't wait to learn from them."

The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Mustipher is a four-star prospect and the No. 16 ranked guard in the class. He committed to Notre Dame over offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Northwestern, Penn State and several others.

UA Game jersey tour: Raekwon McMillan

November, 16, 2013
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Five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) 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.

Raekwon McMillan
Courtesy of IntersportRaekwon McMillan is ranked No. 12 in the ESPN 300.
McMillan, who has made official visits to Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama, 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 just want to say thank you to everybody who came out today,” McMillan said. “Thank you to my mom, my parents, my coaching staff, the staff at this school, every one of my classmates, everyone at Liberty County high school for supporting me; and I would also like to thank God.”

Liberty County coach Kirk Warner says his star linebacker is a great player and a great person.

“I just can’t say enough about what it’s meant to me to coach this young man. Whoever gets him on that dotted line is going to not only get a great football player, but a great person.”

On Jan. 2, McMillan says he will be living out a dream he has had since junior high.

“Ever since I was a freshman, even in middle school, I’ve dreamed about playing in the Under Armour All-America Game. I was offered by both [major all-star games], but it was hands down that I was going to take the Under Armour All-America Game. I am looking forward to competing against some of the best guys in the nation that I've been going to camps with over the last three or four years, and being coached by some of the best coaches in America. It's a great honor to be invited to the Under Armour All-America Game. Some of the best football players in the nation played in the Under Armour All-America Game, and it's just a blessing and an honor to be able to play in it, too."

The 6-foot-2, 242-pound McMillan is the No. 12 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 1 inside linebacker in the class. He is considering Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Florida.

UA Game jersey tour: Racean Thomas

November, 16, 2013
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Running back Racean "Roc" Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) 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.

Racean Thomas
Courtesy of IntersportESPN 300 RB Racean Thomas ought to fit well in Gus Malzahn's Auburn offense.
Thomas, an Auburn 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 feel great about it," Thomas said. "I was really looking forward to it. It humbles me, and it feels great. Some people take it for granted, but really I wouldn’t take it for granted. It’s a great opportunity and a great chance to really get your name out there when you get on TV, and really kind of stand out.”

The fact that Thomas will play on the next level at an Under Armour-sponsored team played a factor in his decision to accept the invitation.

“I love Under Armour. That will be my next sponsored team [Auburn]. There is something about Under Armour, the Under Armour Game … it’s probably the most well-known game,” Thomas said.

The 5-foot-11, 202-pound Thomas is the No. 33 ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 5 running back in the class. He committed to Auburn over Florida State, Alabama, Clemson and several others.

UA Game jersey tour: Wesley Horky

November, 16, 2013
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Senior long snapper Wesley Horky (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) 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.

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Courtesy of IntersportLong-snapper Wesley Horky is the No. 2 long snapper in the 2014 class.
Horky 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 am really excited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game and compete with the best players in the country,” Horky said. “First off, I want to thank God for giving me the ability to play football everyday. I want to thank Under Armour and Kohl’s specialist games for selecting me to play in this year’s game. I want to thank my mom and dad … I love them to death. I want to thank my coaches, all my teachers here at Ravenwood, my friends and teammates …they mean everything to me.”

Horky is looking forward to playing and competing with the best players in the country.

“Being selected as an All-American means everything to me. It’s an honor, really, it’s a blessing. I think I’m selected because of my work ethic and my consistency at Kohl’s Specialist Camps. I’m looking forward to being with the best players in the country and competing with them. Playing football on ESPN is awesome, and I’m really looking forward to doing it,” Horky said.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Horky is the No. 2 long snapper in the class.

UA Game jersey tour: Jake Hartbarger

November, 16, 2013
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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.

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Jake Hartbarger - Courtesy of IntersportJake Hartbarger is a three-star prospect committed to Michigan State.
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.”

Added Hartbarger:

"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.

UA Game jersey tour: Da’Shawn Hand

November, 14, 2013
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Five-star defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge High) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Game on Wednesday.

Da'Shawn Hand
Courtesy of IntersportDa'Shawn Hand is the sixth-ranked prospect overall and the No. 2 defensive end in the class.
The event was part of the three-month tour.

Hand, who is one of three five-star prospects in Virginia in the 2014 class, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual game, a nationally-televised competition spotlighting 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.

“I just want to thank God and my teammates for being here,” Hand said. “My friends, my dad, the principal, the faculty back there, thanks for coming out and supporting. ... I mean, this is an honor for me. I really don’t know what else to say, but I just can’t wait to show out in this game. Being down in Florida with all these guys with talent, I’ve just got to prepare for college.”

Woodbridge head coach Karibi Dede says he is excited that his star player gets to play against the nation's best.

“It’s been a pleasure to coach you. We are very thankful to the people at Under Armour as well as American Family Insurance for providing this great opportunity for a young man like himself. I’m really excited. The Under Armour All-America Game is the premier game in the country. To see him have the opportunity to go down where guys like A.J. Green, Julio Jones, …Jadeveon Clowney ... to go down and have that type of game against those type of players is phenomenal.”

For Hand, the chance to go against the best and prove doubters wrong is something he is looking forward to.

"The thing that excites me the most about the Under Armour All-America Game is going against some of the top players in the country -- in pads in an actual game. You don't really get to do that every day. Julio [Jones] and Jadeveon [Clowney], I want to be like the next person. I just want to leave my mark. The doubters out there are what motivate me. There are people that say that I’m just getting by or that I’m getting great stats because certain players aren’t as good as you, or the conference up here isn’t as good. You are in Virginia. You’re not in Florida or Georgia, Alabama or Louisiana. Those things fuel my engine and motivate me. I want to prove them wrong.”

The 6-foot-4, 262-pound Hand is the sixth-ranked prospect overall and the No. 2 defensive end in the class. He is considering Michigan, Alabama and Florida.

UA Game jersey tour: Aaron Medley

November, 14, 2013
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Senior kicker and punter Aaron Medley (Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County) was presented his honorary game jersey Wednesday 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.

Medley, a Tennessee 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 off, I would like to thank Under Armour for the presentation they did and their game,” Medley said. “Secondly, I would like to thank Kohl's kicking. I would like to thank all my teammates, my coaches, my friends and the teachers … my four years here have been amazing and I couldn’t have done it without y’all and your support, so thank you. I would like to thank my parents. Believe it or not, many hours behind the wheel going to Atlanta and all these other camps. I may not say it often, but I do love you. I’m just very honored to play in this game, and it’s an honor that most people don’t get to get, and I’m just very blessed with the talents God gave me.”

Medley sees his selection to the game as a sign his hard work is paying off.

"Being an Under Armour All-American, it just feels great. It really shows that all of my hard work has paid off. I think I was selected because of the consistency that I’ve had in camps. I'm really excited to nationally represent Marshall County High School and the state of Tennessee."

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Medley is a three-star prospect and the No. 1-ranked kicker in the class. He committed to Tennessee over offers from Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

UA Game jersey tour: Jared Wangler

November, 14, 2013
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Senior outside linebacker Jared Wangler (Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate) was presented his honorary game jersey Wednesday 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.

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Courtesy of IntersportJared Wangler, a three-star linebacker, is committed to Michigan.
Wangler, a Michigan commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised game featuring 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’ve grown up watching the Under Armour All-America Game on TV, and so I’ve always looked at it as a goal I wanted to reach,” Wangler said. “Shane Morris, one of my teammates last year, played in this game said it was a blast, so I’m excited to go down and play. I know we have a couple of Michigan commits going down. I’m looking forward to getting to know them better, and getting ready to play college football.”

Wangler said the opportunity to play in the game is a tremendous honor when looking at the players that have played in the past.

“It’s definitely an honor. To be able to play in this game alongside some of the best players in the country, and the alumni of this game … the list goes on and on. And it’s just a tremendous honor to get to play in it,” he said.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Wangler is a three-star prospect and the No. 65 outside linebacker in the class. He committed to Michigan over Penn State, LSU, Cincinnati, Indiana and others.

UA Game jersey tour: Gary Wunderlich

November, 12, 2013
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Kicker and punter Gary Wunderlich (Memphis/University School) was presented his honorary game jersey for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour at Memphis University School in Memphis onTuesday. The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.

Wunderlich, an Ole Miss commit, is one of 90 players who have been selected 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 Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“First off, I would just like to thank Jamie Kohl of Kohl’s kicking for selecting me to play in the game,” Wunderlich said. “I wouldn't be where I am today without him. Next, I would like to thank my family ... they have sacrificed so much time for me. I would like to thank my friends and teammates, y’all are there for me everyday."

Playing in the Under Armour All-America Game will be Wunderlich's next step in realizing his dream to play college football.

“It’s going to be awesome," he said. "I’m a little nervous, but it’s an experience that not many get to do so I’m really blessed. It means a lot. I’ve been working hard and this has been one of my dreams ... to play college football. Coming to the Under Armour Game, I’m really looking forward to showing off my talent on national TV. I’ve had a really good high school career. Had a lot of fun.

"I’m really looking forward to going down to Orlando and just hanging out with the guys, playing against the best in America and showing off my talent.”

The 6-foot, 180-pound Wunderlich is a three-star prospect and the No. 2-ranked kicker in the class. He committed to Ole Miss over Texas A&M and Virginia, among other schools.

UA Game jersey tour: Alex Bars

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ESPN 300 offensive tackle Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) was presented his honorary game jersey for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday. The event was part of the three-month jersey tour for the UA game.

Bars, a Notre Dame commit, is one of 90 players who have been selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, 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.

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Courtesy of IntersportNotre Dame offensive line commit Alex Bars is ranked as the No. 2 recruit in Tennessee.
“Thank you for selecting me as an Under Armour All-American,” Bars said. “I’m both honored and excited to be chosen. I would like to thank my classmates and the entire staff at MBA for their support. A special thanks to my coaches and my teammates -- y’all played an important role in helping me achieve my goals. I can’t imagine a better group of guys playing beside me. I would also like to thank my parents for the sacrifices and support, and providing me with everything I need to get here today. Lastly, when I wear this jersey in January, know that I will be representing not only myself but all of MBA."

Montgomery Bell Academy head coach Marty Euverard said Bars is a special player and an even better person.

“I would like to congratulate Alex and his mom and dad," Euverard said. "Hard work does pay off, and Alex is a special football player, but more than that I’ve just watched him over the last three years ... he’s just an incredible young man off the field. I’m really proud to coach him.”

For Bars, the chance to play on ESPN against the top players in the country put the Under Armour All-America Game over the top.

"It’s awesome (playing on ESPN). You can’t beat it," he said. "I can’t wait, it’s going to be really cool. I want to see how I play against the best. I’m going to be coached by NFL coaches, play against the best players, and should be real cool and a lot of fun.”

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Bars is ranked the No. 51 overall prospect and No. 6 offensive tackle in the Class of 2014. He committed to Notre Dame over offers from Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, LSU and a host of others.

UA Game jersey tour: Melvin Keihn

November, 12, 2013
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Outside linebacker Melvin Keihn (Baltimore/Gillman School) was presented his honorary game jersey for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour at Gilman School in Baltimore on Tuesday. The event was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.

Keihn, who has taken official visits to Virginia and Maryland, is one of 90 players who have been selected 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 Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“First of all, I would like to thank God for this opportunity,” Keihn said. “I would like to thank American Family Insurance for the opportunity to play in this game. I would like to thank Under Armour for the honor to represent my school. Also, [I] want to thank my coaches, my family and most of all the Gilman School and my fellow classmates ... and most of all my teammates because without them none of this would be possible. I just want to thank everyone for the opportunity, and I’ll be honored to represent Gilman at the Under Armour All-America Game."

Keihn has always had a goal to play in the Under Armour All-America Game since he saw a former Gilman School player play three years ago.

“I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because during my freshman year I saw Darius Jennings play in the game," he said. "I was pretty excited to see one of the Gilman kids get invited to the game and so I made it a goal of mine to do the same my senior year. The thing I’m looking forward to is just going out and competing against a bunch of good players. Obviously, this game has a bunch of good competition. It feels special, especially having some of the top players like A.J. Green play in this game.”

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Keihn is a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 49 outside linebacker in the Class of 2014. He is considering Virginia Tech along with the Cavaliers and Terrapins.

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