- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.
“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.