Martez Wilson (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) had hoped to earn a spot on the U.S. Army roster, but he wasn't sure it would happen until his coach pulled him aside.
"My coach told me about two or three weeks ago," Wilson said when asked how he discovered his would be playing in the U.S. Army All-American game. "It's a big deal, because I'm being recognized for my talent. It's crazy. My friends are happy for me.
"It went well. There were about half of the senior class at the assembly. They presented me with my jersey. I thanked my coaches, my teammates, and the fans. I thanked the U.S Army for selecting me to play in the game.
"It's a real honor to get selected. I think this is one of the highest honors that I've ever received," he said. "I was just real happy, but I didn't go out and celebrate I have a game (Friday).
Simeon plays Julian today (3:30 CST) and they hope to continue their strong play after defeating rival Hubbard 26- 23 last weekend. Wilson scored the game-winning touchdown with four minutes remaining in the game.
"I broke four or five tackles on that touchdown," Wilson said of his 52-yard touchdown reception. "It felt great, that was the win we needed. A lot of people expected Hubbard to win. I did good. I had nine tackles and two sacks on defense. I had six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
After the victory over Hubbard Wilson traveled to Illinois to watch the Illini take on Iowa.
"It was alright," Wilson said of his trip. "I liked it."
Wilson is still considering USC, Ohio State, Miami and Notre Dame. He has an official visit scheduled to each of those schools.