Just a small, Class 3A private school in Montgomery, Catholic is not known for producing all-star football players.
But that is no longer the case. Catholic kicker James Sherman checked in for the 27th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game on Monday to give the Knights something to brag about, becoming the school’s first all-star selection.
Sherman and the Alabama All-Stars will look to extend Alabama’s win streak to six games when the two teams face off at Cramton Bowl at noon Saturday.
“It’s a pretty big honor. I think it’ll set-in in a couple of weeks of how big and important it is because it’s a pretty small school to be able to represent with other 6A and 5A schools,” Sherman said. “It’s definitely a blessing because there’s a bunch of kickers that could fill the role, but I was fortunate enough to get picked for it. Just trying to take it in stride and do the best I can at it.”
Sherman’s best is pretty impressive. He handled the kicking and punting duties for the Knights this season, making four of his six field goal tries with a long of 47 yards. Sherman was also 8-for-8 on extra points.
Last year’s Class 1A-4A Advertiser All-Metro punter also averaged 41.6 yards per punt, with 15 of them being downed inside the 20 yard line.
Sherman, who was rated the No. 1 kicker in the 2014 class by One-on-One Kicking Camps, has verbally committed to Texas State over Tulane.
Saturday’s stage, on television and with scouts in the stands, could result in more offers being sent his way. But in the meantime, he’s just focusing on the game.
“I know that it puts a little bit of pressure on me to show everybody that I’m worth the scholarship,” Sherman said. “But I think it keeps me a little grounded because I have (a scholarship offer) and I don’t have to worry about what’s going on this week and just do my job.”
One major phase that is overlooked in all-star games is the role of the holder. Finding a good holder was Sherman’s primary concern during check-in, and he will do a little scouting of his own during the week.
“I’m going to throw a little holder auditions during Tuesday and Wednesday in practice and see how people react,” Sherman said. “Maybe free food here and there, or maybe a couple of high-fives and free hugs. Who knows?”