The Under-Armour All-American game is no stranger to University Lab.
Cubs’ running back Nicholas Brossette received his UA jersey during a ceremony at the high school on Wednesday. He’ll become the third player from U-High in as many years to participate in this prestigious all-star game.
Tim Williams, now at Alabama, started the tradition in 2013, and current LSU freshman Garrett Brumfield followed him last year. Now Brossette will represent the Cubs in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 2.
“I feel honored to play in this game,” Brossette said. “First we’ve got to get to the Dome and win it all [a state championship]. But then I can’t wait to start the next chapter in my life. It’s just a big honor for me.”
Brossette has watched the UA game each year for as long as he can remember. He paid particularly close attention to the last two with former teammates on display.
There’s also usually a strong Louisiana flavor to these games. Guys like Leonard Fournette, Malachi Dupre, Gerald Willis and Speedy Noil played in the game last year. This year, Tyron Johnson and Daylon Charlot will join Brossette in Tampa.
“I know that was big for Tim and Garrett,” Brossette said. “It’s just big for the school and this community. Garret and I talk all the time about it. He’s like a big brother in my life. I look up to him. Tim did pretty good in the game too. So I’ll have to go up there with my A-game. It’s good for Louisiana to get the players up there and competing with elite guys.”
Brossette went to his head coach some time last year and told him he wanted to be the next U-High Cub to play in the UA game. Familiar with the process, Chad Mahaffey got Brossette on the selection committee’s radar. A nomination followed shortly and Brossette wasted no time committing.
“I watch it almost every year, honestly,” Brossette said. “It’s something about that game that sticks out to me, and that’s why I chose it. ESPN has a lot to do with that too.”
Brossette ranks as a four-star prospect, the No. 17 RB in the country. He’s no stranger to elite competition, having participated in The Opening this past summer.
He anticipates the UA game being a completely different challenge though.
“I’m going there to prove everything I have,” he said. “I just have to go out there and compete with other guys on the big stage. But it’s just about having fun. It’ll be the last camp of my high school career, then I have to move to the next chapter in my life.”
Nick Brossette follows Under-Armour tradition
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