- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Senior tight end Jacory Washington (Westlake, La./Westlake) was presented his honorary game jersey at his school Wednesday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of the three-month selection tour for the Under Armour All-America Game.
Washington, an LSU commitment, 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 game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
“First, giving honor to God, our lord and savior,” Washington said. “My family, friends and teammates. To a special set of trainers, personal coaches to my mentors to my high school coaches to the faculty and staff and to the student body at Westlake High School. As I put this jersey on, it is my only wish that it was a size 100XL. Although the words 'All-America' are written on it, it should say 'All-Americans' with an 'S' because I realize I would not be standing here without the support of all of you. It is because of your prayers, encouraging words, and love and unwavering support that I stand here today. And as I play in the 2014 All-America Game on January 2, 2014, know that although the name on the back of the jersey will read Washington … no one understands that I will be playing and representing each and everyone of you here today. To the Under Armour selection committee and American Family Insurance, thank you for selecting me as an Under Armour All-American and to have the honor to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.”
Westlake coach Shawn Demeritt says this is an award that speaks to the entire football program and community.
“It’s a big honor for this school. I think it’s a big representation of Westlake Ram football, our community, our administration and the great support we receive each and every Friday night. Once again, congratulations Jacory; you deserve it and we will all be pulling for you Jan. 2.”
Washington said talking to players that played in the game before him made selecting the Under Armour All-America Game an easy decision.
“To be an Under Armour All-America, it’s a blessing, man. It let me know that all my hard work is finally paying off. The Under Armour Game is real exciting. I talked to a couple of guys from last year, and they really liked it. They said it was a sight to see. I can’t wait to get out there, at Disney playing on ESPN. … I really want to get in that skills challenge, hopefully bring back that plaque. There’s a lot to look forward to,” Washington said.
The 6-foot-5, 211-pound Washington is the No. 163 prospect overall and the No. 6 tight end in the class. He committed to LSU over Texas A&M, Florida, Ole Miss, Michigan, Miami (Fla.) and several others.