McDonogh All-Metro defensive tackle PJ Mustipher committed Thursday night to play in the Under Armour All-America Game in January at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Mustipher is the second Baltimore player to commit to the 2018 game after St. Frances second-team All-Metro defensive end Eyabi Anoma.
“I’ve been waiting for a long time for this moment to finally be able to say, ‘I am an Under-Armour All-American.’ It’s a dream come true,” Mustipher said Thursday night after he announced on Twitter that he would play in the game.
Earlier this month, Mustipher committed to play for Penn State. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound senior is rated the No. 1 overall player in Maryland’s Class of 2018 by Rivals.com. The four-star prospect attended The Opening in Oregon in June, one of only about 150 players nationwide invited to the prestigious summer event.
Last season for the No. 3 Eagles, he had 15 sacks, 47 tackles, four pass break-ups and four forced fumbles. A Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Maryland Independent Schools wrestling champion, he was one of 10 finalists for The Baltimore Sun’s 2016-17 Male Athlete of the Year.
For Mustipher, the chance to play in the game lets him keep up with his big brother Sam Mustipher, an Under Armour All-American after his senior year at Good Counsel in 2013 and now an offensive lineman at Notre Dame. It means a lot to him to follow in his brother’s footsteps.
“My brother was an Under Armour All-American. That’s kind of the reason I always wanted to play in the game,” Mustipher said of his only sibling. “Our parents put a lot of effort and work into us. They always pushed us to be our best and work hard for what we get and if we did, we’d deserve everything we get. They raised us well. If they feel on top of the world, that’s great for them.”