Five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel High) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Oscar Frommel Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va., on Thursday.
Brown, a Virginia commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Under Armour for giving me this opportunity,” Brown said. “It’s been a long road, honestly, especially for my mom. She is definitely my determination and my drive for wanting to be successful in life. I’ve been at it, I started football in seventh grade because I was always too big to play football. They said I was overweight and all this kind of stuff. Now look at me. When I look back and stuff like that, it encourages me to keep going forward in life."
Oscar Frommel head coach Richard Morgan says Virginia and the Under Armour Game is getting a special prospect.
“With Andrew, his combination of size and speed isn’t seen very much. He’s not just a lineman that clogs up space, but he makes plays. And at 6-5, 300 when you run like he does, has agility like he does, and can make plays all over the field; that’s not common and that’s what makes him so special. There’s not many of him in the country, and that’s why he was so highly recruited because there are things he can do that others at his position can’t do and that’s what sets him apart.”
For Brown, playing in the Under Armour Game is what he has seen so many other great players do before him.
“I want to get better as a player, as an individual and as a team player; so that when I carry my skills to the next level … I’ll be prepared. It’s Under Armour, and it’s always been my dream to play in this game. Watching great NFL players playing in it before growing up is what influenced me to play in this game. I feel like it’s foreshadowing my future. Great NFL players played in this game, and I’m playing in this game,” he said.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Brown is the No. 5 ranked prospect overall, and the No. 1 defensive tackle. He committed to Virginia over offers from Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and others.