MURFREESBORO — Oakland senior football standout JaCoby Stevens was presented with a jersey Friday to commemorate his playing in the Under Armour All-America Game.
The game will be played at noon on New Year’s Day in Orlando and will be telecast on ESPN.
Stevens, a five-star recruit and LSU commitment, was presented a jersey at school.
Although he has been committed to the game since his sophomore year, the realization sunk in on Friday.
“It’s such a great honor,” Stevens said. “A lot of great players have played in this game before me. It’s a rite of passage, and if they feel I’m worthy to play in this game, it’s a huge honor.”
Stevens, who is rated as the No. 2 safety for the class of 2017 by 247Sports, has 39 tackles and seven interceptions for the unbeaten Patriots (9-0) heading into Friday’s regular-season finale at home against Smyrna.
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“It’s been a long time (since committing to the All-America Game), but it seems like yesterday,” Stevens said. “It felt good (putting on the jersey). It puts my name next to future college hall of famers and future NFL Hall of Famers.”
He was named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Football Preseason Team in August. American Family Insurance is the title sponsor of the Under Armour All-America Game.
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