By Evan Hilbert | October 6, 2017 1:19 pm ET
Cleveland Heights (Ohio) DE Tyreke Smith received his Under Armour All America Game jersey Friday at his school as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour.
“It was definitely a blessing,” Smith said of receiving the jersey. “I couldn’t do this without my family or my teammates—they push me every day. It meant a lot to be honored in front of my school and the community.”
Smith, who will make his college commitment at the game, is the 152nd-ranked player at any position in the country, according to ESPN.
He’ll see plenty of competition at the Under Armour All-America Game, scheduled for Jan. 4 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. EST.
“It will be a learning environment,” he said. “I’ll be down there with a lot of great coaches and a lot of great players, so it will be an opportunity to showcase my skills and showcase my talent.”
Smith made headlines in June when he wore a shirt that read, ‘I hope I don’t get killed for being black today.’ He says wearing the shirt has served a positive impact on his recruitment.
“I’ve talked to a lot of coaches about it, and they’re happy I’m making the stand,” Smith said. “I’m speaking up for what I believe in and using my platform for something bigger than just football, so they’re proud of me for that.
“I didn’t get any negative feedback from any coaches.”