For dual-threat Carver (Columbus, Ga.) quarterback Jawon Pass, he knew from the start that he wanted to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“My city is an Army base city and I fell in love with the Army Bowl from the start,” Pass told USA TODAY High School Sports after being honored as an All-American as a part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
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“I’m very happy to be an All-American, I’m thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to play in the game,” said Pass, who has three uncles in the Army.
The Army Bowl features some of the most talented players in the country, including Mecole Hardman — ranked as the No. 1 athlete in the country — a player whom Pass is looking forward to playing with.
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Pass is no joke, either. He is 6-5, 220 pounds, much like Cam Newton.
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“That’s the goal,” says Pass. “My family motivates me, but I’m also self-motivated. I want to be the best at what I do and I want to go as far as I can with football.”
The next step for Pass is the University of Louisville, a place where Pass said he “felt at home.”
“I had a great relationship with the coaches and players there. I loved the city and it’s a great school. I can get a good education, and my brother also goes there. I just fell in love with Louisville.”
Pass said he still plans to take all his official visits, but he’s not sure where just yet. What’s it going to take for him to flip his commitment?
“It’s gonna take a lot. I’m a solid commit, but anything can happen from here until National Signing Day,” said Pass, who isn’t taking his talent and opportunities lightly.
“Football’s brought me a long way so far. It’s taken me places I never thought I’d be. I fell in love with the game and I’m gonna keep going with it.”