Manvel (Texas) wide receiver Jalen Preston received his Under Armour All America Game jersey Wednesday at his school as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour.
“It was great,” Preston said of the presentation. “I was a little bit nervous, and I need to get used to that, but it was a great feeling, though.”
Preston is the No. 8 receiver in the nation, according to ESPN. He committed to Texas A&M in July, and he says his success comes from staying grounded.
“I remember like three years ago seeing it and thinking, ‘man I want to be in that game someday,'” Preston said. “A lot changed my freshman year when I started getting offers, but it never slowed me down, and I never stopped working. I never got the big head. I always wanted to work harder, because I knew there was someone out there that was better.”
The Under Armour All America Game is scheduled for Jan. 4 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. and will be televised live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. EST.
“I’m hoping to get a lot out of being around great players and seeing what they do,” Preston said. “I can look at their technique and see what they do, and I’m looking to get better.”