- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Senior wide receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) was presented his honorary game jersey at Cardinal Newman High School during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of the three-month tour.
Rudolph, the No. 65 prospect overall in the Class of 2014, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
“Wow, this is a dream come true,” Rudolph said. “I always wanted to be an All-American. Thank you Under Armour for presenting me with this gift, I’ll say. I want to thank God. I want to thank my team because without my team ... I wouldn’t be here. I want to thank my grandma for being here, my mom, my aunt, my cousins, and I want to thank everyone for supporting me. God bless.”
Cardinal Newman head coach Steve Walsh says his star player understands the work that goes into being a great student athlete.
“Being a high school coach for just five years, I’ve come to realize he’s the exception, not the rule," Walsh said. "When he tells you something is done, it’s done. There is no in-between. His commitment to getting himself better in the classroom, weight room and on the football field is unlike anything I’ve seen.”
For Rudolph, growing up watching the Under Armour All-America Game made his choice of all-star games a very simple one.
“I decided to play in this game because I always wanted to play in it growing up since elementary school watching the games," he said. "I’m definitely looking forward to playing against all the other athletes that I could possibly be playing against or playing with at the next level.
"I know Jamal Adams, Quincy Wilson, and I heard that Ermon Lane is going to the game now, so I know a couple of the players going to the game. It’s definitely overwhelming. Just to be invited to the game, not even participating, just being invited is an overwhelming experience. I just love this moment right now.”
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Rudolph is the No. 65-ranked prospect overall, and the No. 7 wide receiver in the class. He is considering Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn.
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