By USA TODAY High School Sports | October 5, 2016 5:09 pm
Ariel Ngata can play outside linebacker, he can play defensive end and he covers a ton of ground.
Those traits have made him a U.S. Army All-American.
Ngata from Folsom, Calif., received his honorary jersey Wednesday when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his school.
A Washington commit, Ngata might be among the more underrated players selected for the Jan. 7 game in San Antonio.
He is listed as the No. 35 outside linebacker in the Class of 2017 but has been a big part of continuing the tradition of success at Folsom, a longtime Northern California power. The Bulldogs are 5-1 this season.
“We just focus on getting better,” Ngata told The Sacramento Bee earlier this season. “We’ve always been the target, a top-tier team and that’s nothing knew for us.”
Off the field, Ngata is hoping to study medicine.
“It’s something my family has been doing,” he said. “My mom works with mentally challenged people and has always been into behavioral studies. I want to work with kids. I like kids. I think it would be cool to do something to help them out and use my life to benefit them.”