By: Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | October 23, 2017
Spring Westfield (Texas) defensive lineman Keondre Coburn joined the ranks of the 2017 Under Armour All Americans after he received his All America Game jersey Monday at his school as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour.
“It was a mind blowing experience and a dream come true,” Coburn told USA TODAY. “I was always saying that I was the one who was going to get invited, to actually get the invite was to accomplish something I wanted to my whole life. I’ve been watching the game since I was little.
“Being an All-American says to me that others will recognize I did it right. It’s every time I have a sack or a forced fumble or anything like that, I always want to be the best of the best and I feel like everything I’m doing I’m doing right. Being an All American is proof of that.”
Coburn, a 6-foot-3, 334-pound defensive tackle, is a four-star rated recruit and one of the top prospects in the Houston area and the state of Texas as a whole. He’s ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country by ESPN and the No. 5 overall prospect in the Lone Star State. He committed to the Texas Longhorns in August and is considered a firm commit to coach Tom Herman’s team.
His decision to head to Texas was born out of his existing relationship with Herman and his staff from their time leading the Houston Cougars. Now he’s looking forward to representing both his future squad and his home state when he takes the field for the Under Armour All America Game.
“I feel like we have something to prove here from Texas,” Coburn said. “Texas is a football state. It’s where the big guys, the fast guys are all from. I feel like I’m going out there to go perform the best I can and show Orlando the way that I can play and play hard like we all do in Texas.
“(Before that) I want to make history at Westfield and win state. I already got my offer and my All-American stuff, the stats are nice but it’s really all about winning. We’ve never had a state championship for football that would be huge to accomplish that.”
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.