The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2013 Under Armour All-America High School football game stopped in Ashburn Oct. 5 to honor Briar Woods High School senior Matt Rolin, one of 90 student athletes nationwide selected to play in the spotlight game.
Rolin, a standout linebacker who has verbally committed to the University of South Carolina, was presented with his Under Armour game jersey in front of his classmates as the ceremony capped off the Falcons’ homecoming pep rally festivities in the school gymnasium.
“I’m blessed and honored to have the opportunity to play in a game like this,” Rolin said of the Under Armour All-America game, set for Jan. 4, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Rolin will follow Alex Carter, a 2012 Briar Woods graduate, in playing in a national showcase game. Carter, the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia, played in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Carter is now a freshman defensive back/kick returner at Stanford University.
Rolin is rated as the No. 77 overall prospect and the No. 7 outside linebacker in the Class of 2013 by ESPN.
“I wanted to do something a little different, do my own thing,” Rolin said. “The Under Armour game is going to be a great time.”
The morning ceremony was the start of a big weekend for Rolin. He caught two touchdown passes and recorded five tackles in a 49-17 victory against Woodgrove later that evening.
Rolin then headed for Columbia, S.C. to watch South Carolina blast Southeastern Conference rival Georgia, 35-7, Oct. 6 as part of his official visit to his future school. The Gamecocks (6-0) climbed to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll with the impressive win over the previously undefeated Bulldogs.
While Rolin’s future team is off to a great start, his current squad is in the midst of a 21-game winning streak. Briar Woods - coached by Charlie Pierce - has its sights set on winning a third consecutive Virginia Division 4 state championship this fall.
“We want to go undefeated this year,” Rolin said. “My sophomore year, we went 13-2. Junior year, we went 14-1. Senior year, we are hoping to go 15-0.”
Rolin plans on graduating from Briar Woods in December and enrolling at South Carolina in January to get a head start on his collegiate career. His older brother, Scott, is a redshirt freshman safety at Virginia Tech.
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