Scooter Harrington has a lot of people to thank for his selection to the Under Armour All-America Game.
Harrington, a tight end from Greenwich who is ranked as the No. 2 player in Connecticut, was the East winner of the American Family Insurance #DreamFearlessly Fan Vote contest to earn the final roster spot. Harrington got 81.59% of the votes in his final-round matchup.
Harrington received his honorary jersey Wednesday when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance stopped by his school for a ceremony attended by teammates, family and supporters.
The Under Armour game is Jan. 2 in Orlando.
“I was really honored that the organizations in town helped spread the word and my youth football and basketball teams and the newspaper,” he said. “It was really awesome the way word of mouth spread like that. A lot of people tweeted or retweeted me to help spread the message.”
“I just want to thank everyone so much for giving me this opportunity and putting me in this position to get to go to Orlando and get to have this experience. I’m proud to grow up in Greenwich and have all these people support me.”
But Harrington is not just some guy who won a contest.
An accomplished tight end who has committed to Boston College, he was among the 32 players initially selected by the Under Armour selection committee. In all, 870,327 votes were cast during the four rounds of the contest, which began Oct. 20.
Harrington will get to play in front of his grandmother who lives in Florida. His parents are planning to make the trip as well as potentially some members of his extended family.
“It’s just really an honor to be selected,” he said. “I’m so happy and appreciate that the community been so supportive.”
As for the game, “I think it should be a great experience to play against the top kids in the country. There’s definitely a jump between high school and college and this will be a great step to get used to that game speed more.”
Harrington had offers from a number of colleges, including Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Virginia and others, but his heart was with Boston College. Both his parents went there and his father, Scott, is a former BC defensive tackle.
“I’ve always dreamed off playing for Boston College,” he said.
Coach Steve Addazio, who has an in-home visit scheduled for Thursday with the Harringtons, will get a tight end who can catch and block.
“I’m different from other tight ends because I can go down the field and catch balls,” he said, “but I pride myself on being a blocker.”