Madison Southern running back Damien Harris was presented his game jersey for the Under Armour All-American Game on Thursday.
The game will be played Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Fla. and will be televised by ESPN.
Under Armour representatives made the presentation to the nation’s top-ranked running back prospect at the school with Harris’ teammates, family and friends in attendance.
Harris called the occasion a huge day, not only for himself, but for his teammates, coaches and the entire school, and a huge honor to play in such a prestigious game.
Harris got a little choked up while talking to his teammates during the press conference.
“I wouldn’t be in this position without the help of my coaches and especially my teammates. I couldn’t do it without you,” he said. “I wish I could take all of you with me and play in the game, but I know you will be supporting me along the way.”
Afterward, Harris said having his teammates be a part of the ceremony was really special.
“It means a lot to me to have them here to share this special moment with me. It’s not 1-on-11 out there. Some people may think so, but it’s a full team effort,” Harris said. “They push me every day to be a better player and a better leader. I owe a huge thanks to them for helping me get to this point.”
Harris said he got choked up as he looked out at his friends in the auditorium and thought about all they have been through together, on and off the field.
“I couldn’t keep from getting emotional when I talked to them. I’ve been through a lot with these guys. This has been the best four years of my life with guys I wouldn’t trade for the world,” he said. “I’m truly grateful for all the things they’ve done for me and I wanted to let them know that. I know sometimes they get overlooked. I just wanted them to know that they are an important part of not only my football life, but my life. They’re my brothers and a huge part of my life an I can’t thank them enough.
Coach Jon Clark called Harris one of the most amazing athletes he’s ever coached.
“The things he does on the football field are truly amazing,” Clark said. “The ability he has to completely take over a game is like no one I’ve ever coached. Nothing he does on the field anymore surprises me. He’s an outstanding young man on and off the field and her deserves all the attention and accolades he’s getting. He’s earned this moment.”