- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Senior cornerback Stephen Roberts (Opelika, Al./Opelika High) was presented his honorary game jersey on 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 tour for the game.
Roberts, an Alabama commitment, is one of 90 players 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 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 off, I want to thank God for letting me have this opportunity,” Roberts said. “I want to thank my coaches for helping me through the summer time. I want to thank my teammates for pushing me to get this award. I'm honored to represent Opelika at the Under Armour All-America Game."
Opelika High School head coach Brian Blackmon says his star player represents the team and school the right way.
“It’s an honor for us at Opelika High School to have a guy to represent us in a game like this. We hope we can make this an annual event with some of the guys coming behind [Roberts]. Again, thank you for everything you do on and off the field to help our team improve and be the leader you are. We look forward to watching you in all your future endeavors, especially playing in January in this ball game.”
Roberts cited Trent Richardson as a player who had an impact on him selecting the Under Armour All-America Game.
“It [Under Armour Game} means a lot because I know all the great players that have played in this game. I respect Trent Richardson a lot, and when I was at Alabama I met him, and he was talking about the Under Armour Game. But I didn’t even expect to be in this game. There are a lot of great players, and only 90 got chosen. I’m excited to see how my talent really works against the other great players.”
The 6-foot-0, 180-pound Roberts is the No. 69-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 9 cornerback in the class. He committed to Alabama over Auburn, Florida State, Kentucky and others.