- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
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WARREN, Mich. -- Overwhelming was the theme for Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris' parents, Bruce and Jennifer, as they watched their son accept his Under Armour All-America Game jersey on Thursday at the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.
"When he got invited to this game, we knew it was a big deal, but to watch videos and the players that have been in this game, it's really a big deal," Jennifer said. "It's overwhelming just for him to get the opportunity that those other players have gotten."
The Michigan commits' parents have seen him through his journey and have been by his side through thick and thin. Bruce had the opportunity to coach Morris early on in his career and is now relishing the time and effort it took to get to this point.
"It's a lot of hard work, seeing him through it all," Bruce said. "This is the fun part. I guess I still (coach) him whether he wants to hear it or not, but it's different from this side, it's much more fun. I know he's honored and we're kind of blown away by all this."
Morris has seen all his hard work pay off with a selection to the Elite 11 finals and invitations to The Opening and Champion Gridiron Kings. And now he'll be a participant in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.
The accomplishments haven't gone unnoticed for the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, who's rated the No. 26 recruit in the ESPN 150
"It's awesome," he said. "It's a huge honor and a blessing and really exciting to be able to get the honor and privilege to play [in the game]. All the people that have played in them before me, Julio Jones, amazing people like that who go on and have great careers in the NFL. To be considered in that realm of possibly having a career like them is awesome."
Morris says this game has always been a goal of his, starting at a young age. He watched on TV and knew if he put in the effort he would get his shot, and says he doesn't take this invitation lightly.
The Under Armour All-America Game, which will be played on Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN, gives Morris the opportunity to go up against the best high school football players in the country from his class. It also gives him a chance to build a bond with his future teammates, with six other Michigan commitments also set to participate in the prestigious event.
"It's an opportunity to get to know some of the commits better, meet some of their families that will be there for the next four or five years," he said. "It's going to be awesome. I can't wait."