SHAWNEE – Shawnee senior and University of Oklahoma football commit Creed Humphrey received his jersey and invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at a special assembly Wednesday morning at Shawnee High School. The All-American Bowl will be January 7, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and feature some of the top high school football talent in the country.
Humphrey was given his jersey at the ceremony presented by Staff Sergeant Rodriguez in a short speech.
Rodriguez welcomed Humphrey to the All-American team and emphasized the reasons behind his selection.
“It is my privilege to announce that Creed Humphrey has been selected as a 2017 Army All-American. Creed embodies the characteristics and values of an Army soldier and we are proud to have him on our team,” he said.
Humphrey was presented his jersey by University of Oklahoma ROTC Scholarship and Enrollment Officer Johnny Charqueno and Staff Sargeant Adam Ruiz from the Shawnee recruitment office before giving a short speech to the crowd. In the speech Humphrey thanked his family, friends, coaches and the Shawnee community before driving home the importance to him in being selected to play in the game.
"Being a U.S. Army All-American for me is just being able to represent the soldiers who fight for our country with playing in a bowl game with elite talent from across the nation. It's an honor being selected for this. Thank you,” Humphrey said.
Shawnee coach Billy Brown was also awarded a plaque for the team and an invitation to attend a coaches' academy during Bowl Week.
“I've had several coaches call me about Creed over the past year. And when you watch tape you know he can play, but what makes me proudest is that I get to tell them about all of the intangibles that he does. His work ethic, his heart and his soul, his passion for the game, and he's a good person. And that doesn't come along every day,” Brown said.
To close the ceremony, Creed's parents Chad and Melissa were given the Dream Champion Award and Creed posed for All-American Bowl photos.
Growing up, Creed watched the game on TV and attended the combine last year, hoping to make a big enough impact to play in this year's game.
“I was hoping it would definitely possible. I performed at the combine and just had a good summer throughout that for recruiting and everything, so I knew this was going to be possible,” he said.
The game will also give him an opportunity to play alongside other OU commits Robert Barnes, Levi Draper, Addison Gumbs, Jacob Phillips and Isaiah Thomas before getting to campus next fall. Humphrey is honored to represent OU in the game, he said.
“It's going to be really exciting. Just to be able to get to know all of the players better and everything that have committed to OU. Just build a relationship before we get on campus,” he said.
The All-American Bowl will take place Saturday, Jan. 7, at noon on NBC.