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Senior offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert, who has committed to the University of Michigan, was honored by Under Armour and presented with his jersey for the All America Game, which will take place Jan. 1 on ESPN.

Herbert is the 109th ranked player in the ESPN 300, a ranking of the top 300 high school football players. He is the 14th best offensive lineman in the country.

After he was presented with his jersey, he spoke in front of the football team, coaches and his family. “To my position coach, Coach Spiva, you’ve done nothing but work for me to get better, giving me the tools and just making me a better young man. Thank you to my teammates. You’re all my brothers. Nothing is unappreciated. Now, let’s get a state title this year.” he said.

Head coach Pat Surtain followed Herbert’s comments with a speech of his own. “Coming from Cardinal Gibbons, [Herbert] was a scrawny, only 6-foot-4, 240-pounds,” he joked. “To see the kind of a young man and player you have become now, as an Under Armour All-American, it’s truly an honor.”

Fellow senior offensive lineman T.J. Slaton will be honored Oct. 24 with a similar ceremony for the Army All-American Game.

The Patriots take on Cardinal Gibbons in a district game Oct. 14 for their final home game of the season. Tune into NFHS Network online to watch a livestream of the game.

(Photo/Andrew Ivins)

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