Louisa County High School linebacker Brandon Smith was presented with his Under Armour All-America Jersey Wednesday morning at LCHS.
Smith will play in the annual Under Armour All-Star game on January 3rd, which features the top senior high school football players in the country.
Previous players in the all-star game include NFL stars Jameis Winston, A.J. Green and Julio Jones.
"It's an honor to be characterized as one of the best of the best," says Smith. "I just know that I need to keep on working to get up there and past that."
Smith, who has already committed to play football at Penn State, was surrounded by friends and family Wednesday at the jersey presentation. Smith will not only be representing himself at the all-star game, but all of Louisa County in the nationally televised game.
"Louisa County, how many people are going to pronounce it wrong on TV," says LCHS head football coach Will Patrick, "It's the first of many televised games for him and I'm just excited to see him go play in a white-out game in Happy Valley."
"Brandon has been very head strong from the age of seven to ten when he decided to work on his dream," says his mom Cynthia Smith. "He was sitting at the table one day working on his autograph and we said Brandon what are you doing. He said I'm working on my autograph because I want to go big."
"Being where I'm at, nobody knows where this little town is," says Smith. "Just showing that someone from a small town can really make a change in the game."
This week Smith was named the Jefferson District Defensive Player of the Year, averaging about 11 tackles per game, and leading Louisa to an undefeated regular season for the second year in a row.
The Lions will host Huguenot Friday in the first round of the playoffs. The ultimate goal is to win a state title.
"As long as we do what we need to do, and what we can do and what we know we can do, sky's the limit," says Smith.
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