Notre Dame Football: UA jersey tour 2014

UA Game jersey tour: Sam Mustipher

November, 16, 2013
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Senior offensive guard Sam Mustipher (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) was presented his honorary game jersey Friday at his school during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of a three-month selection tour.

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Courtesy of IntersportSam Mustipher, a four-star guard, is committed to Notre Dame.
Mustipher, a Notre Dame commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised game featuring the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 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 God because without the talents and blessings he has provide me with ... I would not be here today. Secondly, I would like to thank my family, especially my parents. All the sacrifices they have made for me throughout my life, I could not be more grateful. They have made it possible for me to be up here today standing before all of you. I would also like to thank the faculty and staff here at Good Counsel. They have provided a great platform for me to excel academically and athletically while here. Last but not least, I would like to thank my teammates and coaches … they provided me with everything I need. The brotherhood. I’ve made some great friendships here over the last four years. I love you and y’all have pushed me to be the greatest player I can be.”

Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy says playing in the UA game will be a preview for the next level for his star lineman.

“Getting the chance to play against the best in the country will be a little preview in January because he is going to the University of Notre Dame, so he’ll continue to play the best in the country. Sam will be fine. He is 6-4, 290 -- he’s not afraid to get in the weight room and he’s smart and driven; so I can’t wait to see the game.”

For Mustipher, playing in the UA game is all about competition and learning as he readies for the next level.

"I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because I just like to compete. The game provides a measuring stick before I get to Notre Dame as far as competition goes, too. I know the guys that are going to be playing are going to be the best in the country. I love to compete and have fun against different guys, and I can’t wait. I’m most looking forward to getting coaching from the guys down there. They have been where I hope to get in life; they know the ins and outs of life, college, the NFL, and of technique. I can't wait to learn from them."

The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Mustipher is a four-star prospect and the No. 16 ranked guard in the class. He committed to Notre Dame over offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Northwestern, Penn State and several others.

UA Game jersey tour: Alex Bars

November, 12, 2013
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ESPN 300 offensive tackle Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) was presented his honorary game jersey for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday. The event was part of the three-month jersey tour for the UA game.

Bars, a Notre Dame commit, is one of 90 players who have been selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, 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 on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

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Courtesy of IntersportNotre Dame offensive line commit Alex Bars is ranked as the No. 2 recruit in Tennessee.
“Thank you for selecting me as an Under Armour All-American,” Bars said. “I’m both honored and excited to be chosen. I would like to thank my classmates and the entire staff at MBA for their support. A special thanks to my coaches and my teammates -- y’all played an important role in helping me achieve my goals. I can’t imagine a better group of guys playing beside me. I would also like to thank my parents for the sacrifices and support, and providing me with everything I need to get here today. Lastly, when I wear this jersey in January, know that I will be representing not only myself but all of MBA."

Montgomery Bell Academy head coach Marty Euverard said Bars is a special player and an even better person.

“I would like to congratulate Alex and his mom and dad," Euverard said. "Hard work does pay off, and Alex is a special football player, but more than that I’ve just watched him over the last three years ... he’s just an incredible young man off the field. I’m really proud to coach him.”

For Bars, the chance to play on ESPN against the top players in the country put the Under Armour All-America Game over the top.

"It’s awesome (playing on ESPN). You can’t beat it," he said. "I can’t wait, it’s going to be really cool. I want to see how I play against the best. I’m going to be coached by NFL coaches, play against the best players, and should be real cool and a lot of fun.”

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Bars is ranked the No. 51 overall prospect and No. 6 offensive tackle in the Class of 2014. He committed to Notre Dame over offers from Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, LSU and a host of others.
Senior defensive end Andrew Trumbetti (Demarest, N.J./Northern Valley Regional High) was presented his honorary game jersey at his school on Thursday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of a three-month tour.

[+] EnlargeNotre Dame defensive end commit Andrew Trumbetti, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the state of New Jersey, shows off his Under Armour gear.
Courtesy of IntersportDE Andrew Trumbetti's athleticism -- he returned kicks in high school -- is just one of the things that impressed the Irish.
Trumbetti, a Notre Dame 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 on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“First I would like to thank my family for all their love and support,” Trumbetti said. “Thank you Joe Riccheo, Dan Goodman and the entire VarsityF staff for helping to build me into the athlete I am today. Next, I would like to thank my teammates because I truly feel like this is a team accomplishment, and I would not be standing here without them. I would like to thank my coaches, especially coach [Tony] Mattola, for all their support and lessons they have taught me on and off the field. ... Finally, thank you Under Armour and American Family Insurance for selecting me. I can’t wait to represent my school and my community when I step onto the field January 2nd for the 2014 All-American Game.”

Mottola says his star player is special on, and off the field.

“What makes Andrew Trumbetti special is pretty much everything he does," Mottola said. "He’s a fierce competitor. He does a great job on the field, does a great job off the field in the classroom and in the community. Everything he does, he gives 110 percent. He comes from a really tremendous family, and we are just very proud of Andrew.”

Like so many before him, Trumbetti said the competition and roster are what led him to choose the Under Armour All-America Game.

“I decided to accept the invitation to the All-American Game because of all the competition I knew was going to be there," he said. "I mean, from past years of watching the game, it’s definitely a big deal. I know a lot of guys that are going, and it’s definitely going to be great to go down there and see them and compete with them, and hopefully win the game.

"I feel that I was selected to play because I'm a hard worker and I'm not a showboat when I step on the field. I know a lot of kids look up to me, I know that I have a lot to live up to, and I know that every time I step on the field I give it everything I have. Being an All-American isn't all about just being the best player. It's about being the best teammate, classmate, friend, and whatever else you can be."

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Trumbetti is the No. 107-ranked prospect overall and the No. 11 defensive end in the class. He committed to Notre Dame over Boston College, Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin and a number of others.

UA Game jersey tour: Corey Holmes

October, 10, 2013
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Senior wide receiver Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) was presented his honorary game jersey at his school Tuesday during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of the three-month selection tour.

Holmes, a Notre Dame commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised game featuring the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

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Courtesy of IntersportCorey Holmes is the No. 77 player in the ESPN 300.
"It's been a dream of mine to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game," Holmes said. "I wouldn't have done it without the help of select people. First, I would like to thank God … without him I wouldn't be anything. I would like thank my dad; he's been a major part of my success. He's been with me since I was a little kid. Watching me growing up, he's responsible for me being the man I am right now. I would like to thank my mom; she's been there with me, too, since Day 1."

St. Thomas Aquinas coach Rocco Casullo says his star player possess a skill set rarely seen at the high school level.

"I think Corey possesses tremendous athletic ability, very explosive, high vertical, great route-runner … he has skills you really don't see for a high school player. Not only the skills, but complete skills and it will be a tremendous asset for him moving forward."

Holmes has been a fan of the UA game.

"I grew up watching the games, and I said to myself that when I get to high school I want to be able to play in the Under Armour All-America Game. I'm just excited to play against the top prospects in the nation. I want to be able prove to everybody that I'm good against the best competition. You look back and you'll see guys like A.J. Green and all the guys that are in the NFL … and to know that you are a part of this, and a part of what they have been through … it's just an honor to be able to play in this game," he said.

The 6-foot-2, 176-pound Holmes is the No. 77 prospect overall and the No. 9 wide receiver in the class. He committed to Notre Dame over offers from Miami (Fla.), LSU, Florida State, Clemson, Arkansas, Auburn and several others.

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