Tuesday was among the busiest days of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance with five players receiving their honorary jerseys, including three elite-level wide receivers.
At St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wide receiver Sam Bruce received his jersey after missing the ceremony Monday when his flight was delayed from an official visit to Ohio State.
At Gordo High in Alabama, Ben Davis — one of the nation’s top linebackers — became the first player to make the Under Armour game from his Alabama town with deep football passion and roots.
In Houston, Westfield High teammates Ed Oliver and Tyrie Cleveland were honored with a ceremony in front of the football team and school faculty.
Oliver is ranked No. 5 overall in the ESPN 300 and the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player in the state of Texas.
“I am looking forward to working with the best athletes in the nation and increasing my talents,” Oliver said.
Oliver committed to Houston in May but remains coveted by other programs around the nation. He has said he plans to take all five of his official visits and has already visited Oklahoma. Ole Miss and Baylor also are expected to be among his visits.
Oliver also is excited to play his final game with Cleveland, an uncommitted wide receiver. He is ranked No. 60 overall in the ESPN 300, the No. 5 player at his position, No. 10 in the state.
Cleveland, a Florida native, is eager to get back to his home state.
“What made me decide to accept the invitation to the UA game was that I grew up watching the game with great players, like Julio Junes and AJ Green, and I just want to get in their shoes and get my game to another level,” Cleveland said.
Cleveland is down to a top eight of Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Arkansas, TCU, Florida, Houston, Texas A&M and Arizona State.
Also in Florida, wide receiver Josh Hammond was presented with his jersey at Hallandale High in Hallandale Beach.
Hammond is ranked as the No. 90 player overall and the No. 12 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN.
“When I was deciding to accept the invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America Game, it was a big decision,” he said. “I’ve always dreamed of playing in it. It’s always been the game I wanted to play in, and I’m just glad to be in it.”
Hammond is committed to Florida.