A lot comes with being an Under Armour All-American, and Greenville (Montgomery, Ala.) defensive end Marlon Davidson understands and embraces it.
“Nobody from our school has ever played in this game,” Davidson told USA TODAY High School Sports. “I wanted to be somebody different and play in a big game on a big stage.”
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On Thursday, Davidson received his jersey for the Under Armour All-America Game as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
Televised on ESPN2 on Jan. 2, live from Orlando, the game will feature some of the nation’s premier high school football talent, and Davidson can’t wait.
“I’m looking forward to going against Greg Little (from Allen, Texas),” Davidson said. “He’s the best O-lineman in the country and I’m looking forward to seeing how good I am.”
The 6-4, 260-pound defensive end will tell you he’s the best in the game, and he can back it up. He’s ranked No. 19 in the nation, No. 2 at his position and No. 3 in the talent-loaded state of Alabama. Not too bad, right?
On top of that, he’s already committed to Auburn to play football next year.
Or is he?
“I’d say I’m about a 75 percent, soft commit to Auburn,” said Davidson, who’s brother played for the Tigers from 2010-13 and is now on the Tigers staff. “I’ve got five official visits and will go to Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Michigan.”
Whoever does land Davidson will have one of the most dedicated and driven players in the country.
When asked about how it felt to be named an All-American, Davidson replied, “It feels great,” and followed with saying how he wants to remain focused on the season and handle his business now.
With Greenville currently at 7-0, Davidson said he plans to keep that 0 in the loss column.
Davidson said he gets his motivation and drive from his late mother, Cynthia Carter, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 47.
He knows his mother is watching over him, and there’s no doubt she’s smiling today as she looks over her All-American son.