The upcoming Under Armour All-America high school football All-Star game beefed up one of its team’s defensive lines and receiving corps Thursday, thanks to Broward County superstars.
St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Joey Bosa, University wide receiver Jordan Cunningham and fellow University teammate and defensive end Maquedius Bain were selected to the national event that will be played at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at Tropicana Field in Tampa.
The trio gave Broward County four players selected to the event this week after Northeast wide receiver Stacy Coley was officially presented with his jersey Wednesday.
Bosa, an Ohio State commitment, who had also been invited to other All-Star games, said the Under Armour game has been his favorite for some time.
“I had the choice between this and other games like the U.S. Army game, but I had heard [the Under Armour game] was a great experience,” Bosa said. “They have a great tradition of players that have gone on to great careers. A couple of my 2010 teammates also had told me they had a great experience in this game.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
Bosa, who is rated the No. 7 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN, accepted his jersey with his parents and teammates and coaches in attendance.
Bosa has been a force on defense this season for the Raiders (7-2), who host Deerfield Beach on Friday in their regular-season finale before opening the playoffs at home against Miami Beach.
Like Bosa, Cunningham and Bain are hoping for a state championship run in the next few weeks. The duo accepted their jerseys together at a ceremony at the school Thursday morning.
University coach Roger Harriott will also be part of the coaching staff of one of the team’s in the event.
“It’s a great opportunity to play in this game and to be able to share the experience with one of my friends and teammates,” said Cunningham, who is ranked No. 6 nationally among wide receivers by ESPN.
Cunningham said he is visiting Stanford this week, one of the schools he is seriously considering along with others like Miami, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, FSU and Alabama.
Bain, ESPN’s No. 6 overall defensive tackle, said he is considering several schools including Marshall, UM, LSU and Oklahoma.
For now the two are keeping their focus on trying to win the Class 3A state title for undefeated Suns.
“It’s going to be awesome and a chance to let people know about University,” Bain said. “It will be like always with me and Jordan on the field taking pride in what we do.”
• Pine Crest 45, Pope John Paul II 26: In a playoff game that saw three lead changes through midway in the third quarter, Pine Crest used its potent running game and crucial miscues by host Pope John Paul II, turning a close game into a 45-26 thrashing.
The Panthers (9-1) advanced to the Southeastern Conference championship game against the Benjamin School-John Carroll winner on Nov. 17 at the FAU campus.
“Everything is a blur now, but this is a team that has pulled together all season,’’ said the Panthers’ all-purpose player Harris Stolzenberg, who keyed Pine Crest with two touchdowns, a field goal, and went 6 for 6 on his extra-point attempts.
His 22-yard touchdown run in the first play of the fourth quarter occurred in the midst of a 28-0 run that help put away the Eagles (8-2) after the teams exchanged leads three times.