Bluffton High School's standout defensive end Shameik Blackshear received his official invitation Wednesday to participate in the 2015 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.
The American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Bluffton for a ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday to formally present Blackshear with his honorary game jersey.
"He got the invite a long time ago," Bluffton coach Ken Cribb said. "They're coming for the jersey presentation. They're going to give him his jersey."
Blackshear, who received his initial invitation in the spring, is out for the season after tearing his ACL against Effingham County in the second game of the season.
"He can't play. They know that," Cribb said. "They're honoring him as an All-American, still. They're going to come, present his jersey, they do that for every player, and fly him down there as part of the team. He just can't play."
Though still distraught over his injury, Cribb said Blackshear is "relieved" to still be a part of the event.
"He limped through his junior year, And then he gets hurt in the second game his senior year," Cribb said. "He's just excited about being down there and being a part of it."
Blackshear, who committed to South Carolina in May 2013, is a consensus four-star recruit. He also holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina and N.C. State, among others.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound senior made 97 tackles and had five sacks in his injury-marred junior season. He is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina by 247 Sports and Rivals.com and No. 4 by ESPN/Scout. He is ranked as the No. 38 player in 247 Sports' Top 247, No. 58 in the Rivals 100 and No. 199 in the ESPN 300. At his position, he's ranked No. 4 by 247, No. 5 by Rivals.com and No. 17 by ESPN/Scout.
The eighth annual Under Armour All-America Game is slated for Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised live on ESPN2. In all, 90 Under Armour All-Americans are selected among top high school players in the nation.