In the days leading up to Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, USA TODAY High School Sports will be providing insight into the day’s events with diaries from many of the players. Here on Day 3 of practice, we bring you the thoughts of Alabama commit Mekhi Brown, a senior defensive end at Carver High (Columbus, Ga.).
I didn’t even eat breakfast this morning because I was so tired from practice yesterday. We had a long day with community service as well. I went to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and painted with some of the patients. It was very humbling.
The best part of being in San Antonio is experiencing everything. We’re going to the Spurs game tonight, and I enjoyed the community service and the practices.
The All-American Challenge was last night. Some of the soldiers did a sit-up competition, and there was a hamburger and wing-eating challenge. It was very fun. I would have done the eating part, but I didn’t know where to sign up!
This isn’t my first time in Texas. I came for the game last year to see how it was going to be. It’s been pretty good since I’ve been here, aside from it being extremely cold. The food is pretty good here — very spicy, but I like it. I had pizza at Luciano’s.
Practice has been very competitive and intense this week. I’m going against a lot of good guys. I like the competition. Martez Ivey [of Apopka High] is tough. He has long arms like I do, stays low to the ground and is very quick.
The energy is intense all around. We all love to compete so there’s never a dull moment. I want to make as many plays as I can and help my team out as much as I can on Saturday. Last year will not happen. The West will not win!