Quincy Wilson couldnt keep the smile off his face.
Not even when he was trying to maintain a tough-guy look posing for pictures.
Wilson, a Davie University School cornerback and University of Florida commitment, formally accepted an invitation at his school Monday to play in the Under Armour All-American game in St. Petersburg on Jan. 2, 2014.
Its a big accomplishment, and Im looking forward to playing in the game, he said, but these accolades just only make me want to work harder.
Wilson is joined by fellow South Florida standouts Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), Chad Thomas (Miami Booker T. Washington), Ermon Lane (Homestead), and Joseph Yearby, Trevor Darling and Dalvin Cook (Miami Central).
Wilson who will take his official visit to Gainesville when UF plays Florida State on Nov. 29 will get a chance to show Gators fans a look into the future playing alongside UF commitments Lane, Cook and Immokalee wide receiver J.C. Jackson in the Under Armour game.
Hes worked very hard all these years, since he was very young, and he never saw what comes out of working so hard until now, said Wilsons mother, Carmen. And now that he sees the outcome of working hard, hes like, Yeah, Im going to keep doing this.
When he isnt on a football field working on his craft, Wilson spends his time as a normal 17-year-old with his friend Nick Novelli trying to make a dollar in their little hustle on the side.
Wilson and Novelli started their own business about a year ago, fixing and customizing the screens and back plates of Apple iPhones. Their venture has gone from helping friends at their school to even a few out-of-state customers with the help of social media.
They have known each other since the seventh grade, and Novelli hopes to join Wilson in Gainesville after getting his associates degree at FAU or FIU.
Weve just been best friends, Novelli said. It was like an instant connection.
Added Carmen Wilson: [Nicks] my other son. He spends a lot of time at home with us. Its a good thing. Theyre doing their thing as kids, and you never know what it will turn out to in the future.
As for college football Saturdays in the Wilson household, Carmen insists Quincy and her husband, Chad a former University of Miami cornerback from 1992 to 1994 have not been too involved in an in-house UF-UM rivalry.
Maybe down the road, we could probably start having those battles, said Chad Wilson, University Schools defensive coordinator. But for now, its all about the Gators and whats ahead for him.
Instead, the two have watched college games together as learning experiences, observing techniques and sharing observations they could use in the final days they have together at University School.
Ill miss that next year, Chad Wilson said.
Calvary Christian took first place in the Florida High School Athletic Association district tournament at Palm-Aire Country Club with a score of 331 on the par-71 Oaks Course.
Zach Mendez led the Eagles with a score of 79 followed by Derek Butts (83), and Wyatt Rubin (88).
Westminster Academy placed second with a score of 334. Stephen LaMay led the tournament and his team with a score of 75.