By: USA TODAY High School Sports | October 6, 2017
Cleveland Heights (Ohio) DE Tyreke Smith received his Under Armour All America Game jersey Friday at his school as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour.
“It was definitely a blessing,” Smith said of receiving the jersey. “I couldn’t do this without my family or my teammates—they push me every day. It meant a lot to be honored in front of my school and the community.”
Smith, who will make his college commitment at the game, is the 152nd-ranked player at any position in the country, according to ESPN.
He’ll see plenty of competition at the Under Armour All-America Game, scheduled for Jan. 4 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. EST.
“It will be a learning environment,” he said. “I’ll be down there with a lot of great coaches and a lot of great players, so it will be an opportunity to showcase my skills and showcase my talent.”
Smith made headlines in June when he wore a shirt that read, ‘I hope I don’t get killed for being black today.’ He says wearing the shirt has served a positive impact on his recruitment.
“I’ve talked to a lot of coaches about it, and they’re happy I’m making the stand,” Smith said. “I’m speaking up for what I believe in and using my platform for something bigger than just football, so they’re proud of me for that.
“I didn’t get any negative feedback from any coaches.”