Senior running back Joseph Yearby (Miami/Central) 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.
Yearby, a Miami (Fla.) 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 will be played at 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
"First off, I want to thank God because without God all of this wouldn't be possible," Yearby said. "I would like to thank my momma, my brother, the coaches, the principal and staff for pushing me …everybody that stands behind me. I want to thank y'all."
Miami Central coach Roland Smith says his running back is blessed with a special skill set.
"What makes Joe a special player is his vision, quickness and toughness. He's a kid that's a 5-9 kid, but a 185-190-pound kid that runs the ball really well in between the tackles. He has the quickest feet I have seen since Barry Sanders, and if he continues to work real hard he's going to have a bright future."
Accepting the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game took roughly one second.
"What made me accept this invitation was all the familiar players that played in the game and made it. When I got the letter, I almost cried, really. I just accepted it then and there. The thing I'm most excited about is just being invited to the Under Armour All-America Game. Getting recognized, playing in it, and being on the roster is a great honor. This game goes down in history, so it will be an amazing feeling looking back and seeing my name in the book that I played in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game," Yearby said.
The 5-foot-9, 191-pound Yearby is the No. 21 ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 3 running back in the class. He committed to Miami over offers from Florida State, Alabama, USC and several others.