- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Al./Hoover High) was presented his honorary 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football game jersey on Aug. 30. The event held at Hoover High in Hoover was part of the three-month American Family Insurance Selection Tour.
Humphrey, the No. 9 ranked played in the country, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game, which will be nationally televised at 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on ESPN.
"First, I would like to thank American Family Insurance," said Humphrey. "(The Under Armour All-America Game is something) I've wanted to do since I was a kid. I want to thank Hoover, my parents, my coaches, the cafeteria, the teachers and everybody that makes this such a great place. Shout out to the football team,"
Humphrey's decision to play in the Under Armour All-America Game was actually made five years ago.
"I decided to play in the Under Armour game in 2008, when I saw it for the first time. Since then, I decided I wanted to play in that game. The practices, being with all those top guys and future NFL guys; I definitely want to see how they work and maybe I can learn a few things," he said.
Following in the footsteps of former state of Alabama players that played in the Under Armour All-America Game is big for the two-sport star.
“It’s definitely a dream … really a blessing. I'm in the same shoes as a lot of top guys right now … Dee Milliner, Julio Jones. It just seems like a dream come true, and I'm really excited to play in it." He said.
The 6-foot-0, 179-pound Humphrey is the No. 9 ranked prospect in the ESPN 300, and the No. 3 cornerback. He is considering Alabama, South Carolina, Florida State and Mississippi State.