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Chris Black honored to be selected

10/26/2011

ESPNU 150 wide receiver Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) said his Under Armour game jersey felt a little "too real."

He was ready to play in the game right away.

"To be honest it felt so nice wearing that jersey I didn't want to give it back," Black said during the American Family Insurance jersey presentation tour. "It's been an honor to play this season as one of the Under Armour All-Americans."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder is one of two wide receivers in the game committed to Alabama. He joins Miami Northwestern standout Amari Cooper and is looking forward to sharing the field with him.

"I'm a little familiar with Amari and I know he's got a real nice game so I hope we're on the same team and can line up together," Black said.

He also understands that there could be some competition between the two.

"Well, you know whenever Duval County and Dade County get together there are going to be some fireworks," Black said. "But I'm looking forward to it."

Until then Black just wants to revel in being selected to the Under Armour All-America Game, a game that was his top choice all along.

"I saw the players in the game last year and over the last couple of years and they looked like they were having so much fun playing in the game and during the practices," Black said. "Then you see the great players that have played in the game and it was an easy choice."

Right now Black has more pressing matters, however, as First Coast is undefeated and looking for that elusive state championship. The Buccaneers have come close several times in the past but the general feeling is this is their best shot with players like Black, wide receiver Brandon Brooks (Troy commit) and linebackers Reggie Northrup (Miami) and Joseph Jackson (West Virginia).

Black says the team hasn't felt the pressure of winning it all and is just trying to take each game as it comes.

"Our head coach, Marty Lee, always says that it isn't poison if you don't swallow it, so we try to block out all the expectations," Black said. "The most important thing for us is playing hard on each play and as long as we do that, the results will take care of themselves."

For the season, Black has 19 catches for 410 yards and has added 181 rushing yards. First Coast has won five of its six games by blowout, so Black doesn't get much time in the second half.

"We are rolling along right now," Black said. "But things are going to get tougher down the stretch and when they do, we will be ready."

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.