By USA TODAY High School Sports | September 29, 2016 3:55 pm
Deron Irving-Bey, a four-star defensive end from Southwestern Commencement Academy, received his honorary jersey as part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance in a ceremony Thursday at his high school in Flint, Mich.
“Throughout this whole process, I just feel like another kid from Flint,” Irving-Bey said. “With accomplishing all this, it was unexpected. All I knew was the grind.
“All this happening has just been a blessing.”
Irving-Bey, who, it should be mentioned, is unfailingly polite, said he’s looking forward to the Army Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 7, mainly because of the players he’ll go up against.
“I always want competition, because if I don’t have competition, I won’t get better,” he said. “Just being a part of the top players in the country is a big blessing, and now playing against them, in a national event that’s going to broadcast all over? I can’t ask for anything more right now.”
The four-star recruit will visit Michigan this weekend and is also considering Michigan State, Tennessee, Maryland, and others.
And while all-star games are apt to be less-than-competitive affairs, Irving-Bey doesn’t intend to approach this matchup any differently.
“When I go to the game, I’m gonna do what I always do, just play my heart out.”