Tallahassee WR Selected to All-American Game

Fred Rouse was honored Wednesday morning at an intimate gathering in the administrative offices of Tallahassee's Lincoln High School. Representatives from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Trojans' coach David Wilson, Rouse's family and a few members of the local media were on hand as Rouse became one of 78 prep players nationwide to garner an invite to the prestigious event.

"I just want to thank God first and foremost for the opportunity to showcase my talent," a smiling Rouse said. "I want to thank God, my Mom and Coach Wilson and my teammates. This would not be possible without the help of my teammates."

Army Sergeant Shanks presented Rouse with a commemorative jersey, cap and sealed envelope with his official invitation to the event. A proud coach looked on.

"It's certainly an honor for Lincoln high school," Wilson said. "Fred's accomplishments on the football field speak for themselves. We are proud of his accomplishment on and off the field and his accomplishments in the classroom. This is certainly an honor for our school and our program and we are proud for Fred."

Wilson noted that Rouse's leadership skills have matured to the level of his physical talent in this, his senior season.

"It's important to be a leader," said Rouse, who will lead Lincoln against Roy Upchurch and Godby this Thursday. "If you're a leader everyone around you benefits."

Rouse said he has been on the phone with former teammates and current Seminoles Pat Watkins, Antonio Cromartie, and Craphonso Thorpe after a trying few days. Thorpe was suspended for one game yesterday because of academic reasons and the Seminoles' 20-17 against Maryland last weekend dropped them from the national championship hunt.

"Everyone loses," Rouse said. "It how you react afterward that shows what kind of man you are. I'm not worried about those guys."

As far as the news that Tallahassee, Coral Gables and seemingly the rest of the nation is waiting to hear? Rouse says he still wide open regarding his college choice and that he doesn't know when he'll commit.

"Sssshh. It's a big secret," he laughed.

The game will be televised live from San Antonio on Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern on NBC. Scout.com recently partnered with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to provide exclusive coverage of breaking news from the event. For more information and to view other invitees, visit scout.com.

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