To prepare for the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game, Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis has been watching a lot of film of last year's game and practices.
"I have DVDs of all the practices that were shown on TV and the other competitions," Jean-Louis said. "And I've watched the game a couple of times."
"The practices are like what you'd see in the NFL or in those NFL combine workouts," Jean-Louis said. "They were teaching the receivers to catch the ball at different angles and going through some really advanced route running."
The impact of being in the game didn't hit Jean-Louis until he received his game jersey Tuesday in a ceremony at his school. It was a part of the 80-stop American Family Insurance Presents the Under Armour All-America Game selection tour.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder is on a run-first team at Palm Beach Central but has still managed to average nearly 20 yards per catch and understands the other skills necessarily to play the position.
"You have to be able to block and take guys out of the play," Jean-Louis said. "It's all about competiting on every play."
Jean-Louis expects to have a bigger impact in the playoffs when Palm Beach Central takes on Loxhatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge this weekend. And he will surely have a bigger impact when he gets to the Miami Hurricanes football program.
Jean-Louis committed there over the summer and has been solid ever since.
"Things are going great at Miami, I've been to several games this season," Jean-Louis said. "I love the coaching staff, Coach [Al] Golden cares about his players. The whole staff is young and energectic. I'm very excited about going there."
Jean-Louis says he's familiar with several players that he will be competitng with or against in the game as well.
"Some of the guys I played 7-on-7 with over the summer and a lot of the other guys I played against in those tournaments," Jean-Louis said.
The receiver also took part in The Opening over the summer. As with every competition, Jean-Louis' goal is to do it big.
"It's important for me to come out and compete and show everybody that I deserve to be on this stage," Jean-Louis said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.