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Surprise, surprise

Holland Fisher knew he was an Under Armour All-American. He just didn't know Friday was the day he'd receive his jersey as part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.

"It was good," said Fisher "I had no idea it was coming. They surprised me with my family and everybody, the whole student body and my coaching staff. It's a blessing."

Rated the nation's No. 9 safety and No. 105 overall prospect in the ESPN 150, the Midlothian (Va.) Manchester star thought he was just going to a senior assembly on Friday morning. Then, organizers clad in Under Armour gear emerged. Soon, Fisher was officially named to the annual event, given his game jersey and allowed to relax following the sudden shock of the gathering.

Even though he was surprised, the Virginia Tech commit left little doubt this summer that he was worthy of being an Under Armour All-American. Fisher pulled a rare double feat this offseason when he won most valuable player awards at two different positions at the Charlotte and Baltimore Nike Football Training Camps.

The versatile athlete was named MVP while playing linebacker and defensive back. And there is still some question as to what position Fisher will play in college.

"I feel that I will play safety," the 6-foot-2, 203-pound prospect said. "That's where I would prefer."

No matter what position he plays, Virginia Tech fans can celebrate in Fisher's participation in the Under Armour All-America Game, which will be held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN. The four-star prospect has been committed to the Hokies since February when he committed just days after national signing day and provided a boost to a strong-and-growing 2013 class.


The Hokies now have 17 commitments, including two ESPN 150 prospects and 11 four-star pledges. When asked about the class, Fisher pointed to some athletes that have helped fortify it, particularly cornerback Kendall Fuller from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel, who is the highest-rated commitment in the class.

"This is a great class for Virginia Tech," he said. "We should have a good season our freshman year. I think it's one of the top recruiting classes they've had in a long time."

Offseason workouts in shorts and T-shirts helped Fisher earn all-star acclaim. However, it is his play on the field that has been the strongest factor in earning his status as one of the top prospects in the country.

"I'm doing pretty good actually," Fisher said when asked about his season. "My last game I had 12 tackles, five for a loss and three forced fumbles and a kick return for 30 yards. It was good."

Fisher hopes to carry that play into the Under Armour All-America Game.

"It's just nice to be rewarded with this opportunity," he said.