Manvel teammates Austin Myers and Deontay Anderson lived out a dream together on Tuesday when both accepted their game jerseys at the latest stop on the Under Armour All-America Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
That the duo were honored together was a fitting coda for a life largely spent together. The two have known each other since age 6, when they attended a school in St. Agnes together. According to Anderson, who is also a bona fide track superstar, they’re more than close, they’re basically brothers.
“I’ve known Austin since we were six years old,” Anderson told USA TODAY High School Sports. “He’s another brother for me, so I’m happy we both could make it. We went to a school together in St. Agnes where we grew up. We played Little League together, too We’ve always been together.”
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That may end next year. Myers, one of the nation’s top offensive linemen, and Anderson, a superstar safety, are both among America’s most highly regarded recruits. Myers has committed to attend TCU, while Anderson’s recruitment remains an open book, with the senior citing Ole Miss, LSU, Texas A&M and Texas as his top four schools. All of those schools have top athletes in Orlando, as does TCU, who will hope to build on their strong season and recruiting class with Myers’ presence.
For their part, both players said they’re looking forward to the experience in Orlando and making sure that their entire Under Armour All-America Game process is a rewarding one. Before then, they’re dedicated to getting Manvel to the Texas mountaintop of a UIL state title.
“We have a mighty good team, and we can win state,” Anderson said. “My job is to lead this team to win state. We lost one game and I made a promise to myself that we’re winning state. I’m not taking any more losses, I can’t take it. Whatever individual accolades come after that, that’s great, but I want to leave high school with a football state championship.”
Added Myers: “A state title. We’re trying to win one. We have eight more games left and we’re trying to win all eight.
I know I would be out here without all my teammates. They’re a real important factor in all this. And my coaches, my mom, my brother, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.”
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Win a state title and honor comes to all of thee above, just as it did when the two receiver their Under Armour jerseys Tuesday.
“It was a great honor and a blessing,” Myers said. “It meant a lot to me to be honored out of all these great players out here. I’m truly blessed.”
“I felt a lot of relief,” Anderson said. “It’s a feeling that all your hard work is paying off. But you just have to keep working.”