- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Senior defensive tackle Dontavius Russell (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton) was presented his honorary game jersey Wednesday at his school during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of a three-month jersey tour.
Russell, a Georgia commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised game featuring the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.
“I just want to thank God and my parents for everything they do for me every day,” Russell said.
For Russell, the chance to follow in the footsteps of current NFL stars made the UA game an easy choice.
"I'm looking forward to being able to play against some of the top players in the country, and getting an opportunity to play in a different state and area. It feels great. I hope we get the same opportunity as they did, and be able to play at the same level as they got to play at,” Russell said.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Russell is the No. 201 prospect in the ESPN 300 and the No. 15 defensive tackle in the class. He committed to Georgia over Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Stanford, Clemson and several others.