CARMEL, Ind. – UCLA receiver commit Austin Roberts was awarded his U.S. Army All-American jersey during a presentation at Carmel (Ind.) High on Monday afternoon.
The 6-foot-2, 211-pound Roberts is one of 90 of the country’s top high school football players selected to play in the 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, set for Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be hosted by the Alamo Dome and broadcasted nationally on NBC.
“It probably won’t hit him until he gets to the game and the lights are on and he walks out there and there are 41,000 soldiers in Army colors in the stands cheering him on,” Carmel High head coach Kevin Wright said. He served as an assistant coach in the game last year.
“I think that Austin is a great kid,” Wright continued. “He’s not just a great football player, he’s a great kid. I think he embodies what this game is all about. The U.S. Army and their involvement in the game, I had the opportunity to participate last year as a coach, you have a good feeling for what the game is all about and it’s a special event that he’ll never forget. We’re really proud of him.”
Roberts is ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 25 receiver and No. 167 prospect overall.
“Definitely a blessing,” Roberts said. “I determined my freshman year that this is a goal for me to play in the Army All-American game and the day has finally arrived. It’s a really a great feeling and I can’t wait to play in the game in January.”
Roberts is most excited to play in front of the huge crowd.
“It’s going to be something else,” he said. “I’m used to playing in front of big crowds, but definitely not 41,000. Just knowing that heroes of America and the U.S. Army are all going to be watching the game is something to be proud about.”
Roberts gave his commitment to UCLA in July over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee and USC among others.
Roberts set the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a goal when he was a freshman.
“I actually had the chance to coach receivers last year and I think they’re going to see a very dynamic receiver,” Wright said. “A guy that’s a big body, a hard matchup on the outside, go up and get the ball and he’s also an explosive guy when he gets the ball in space. He can play inside, he can play outside and we play him a little at h-back as well.”
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