Raleigh, N.C. – Senior wide receiver Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) was presented his honorary jersey for the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game Wednesday.
Berrios, a Miami commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game, held Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“First, my family, thank you for everything,” Berrios said. “I’ve said it once and I will say it again, wouldn’t be here without you guys. My coaches, over the last eight to ten years of playing football specifically … thank you for developing me as a young man and as a player.”
Leesville Road head coach Chad Smothers cites his star player’s drive as the reason for his success.
“The key to the development of Braxton over the last couple of years has been his desire to be good,” Smothers said. “He has an internal competitive spirit that he has built on enhancing his physical tools. He has got strong in the weight room, he’s worked hard to improve his speed and that’s why Braxton has been able to do some of the things he has done.”
Berrios fully understands how big the honor is to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.
"When I got invited I was ecstatic,” Berrios said. “It's an honor, and you've got to represent yourself well enough on and off the field in order to put that jersey on and make it mean something. The experience I’m probably looking forward to the most is being around the best athletes and football players in the country. I'm definitely ready to get down to Florida. It's a little teaser because I'm enrolling in January, so I'll be moving to Miami right after the game. But I'm ready to play against the best and have a good time."
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Berrios is a four-star prospect and the No. 45 wide receiver in the class. He committed to the Hurricanes over Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and Oregon.