Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) linebacker Palaie Gaoteote is one of the most feared men in the middle in high school football, cracking pads and taking names on a weekly basis for the Gaels.
But Wednesday when the Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour Presented by American Family Insurance dropped by his school to present them him his honorary jersey, Gaoteote was all smiles.
The U.S Army All-American Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST.
“This is the best feeling, getting this jersey,” said Gaoteote, a Southern Cal commit. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in this game because my dad is a military man. It’s a cool way to honor him.”
Gaoteote is ranked No. 10 among linebackers and No. 10 overall in the 247 Sports Composite.
“This one really means a lot to me,” Gaoteote said. “It’s the accomplishment of a goal so that’s always fun.”
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