Spring Valleys Christian Miller received his honorary game jersey (No. 14) for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game in a ceremony at the school on Wednesday.
The event was part of the American Family Insurance Selection Tour that visits the home schools of the 90 players selected to play in the ESPN televised game. The seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game is set for Jan. 2, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Fla.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me; I couldnt turn it down, said Miller. Ive watched this game for years and its like a dream come true for me to be selected to play in it.
Miller, who is an elite outside linebacker prospect, recently committed to play at Alabama.
The thing that motivates me the most is working hard to play to the best of my ability, he said. Im really looking forward to actually playing in pads against the best players in the country. It will give me an idea of the kind of players Ill being going against in college.
Spring Valley coach Miles Aldridge spent most of his adult life as a college assistant, and knows Miller has the tools to excel at the highest level.
The thing that stands out the most about him is his ability to rush the passer and also to drop back into coverage, he said. He is exactly what colleges are looking for in an outside linebacker. Being selected to play in this game is a great honor and were all happy for him. Its a tribute to his hard work, passion for the game and his development as a football player.
Miller has helped Spring Valley get off to a 3-0 start this season with 38 tackles, four tackles for loss and four sacks.