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Gilman's Thomas Booker in the running for fan-voted Under Armour All-America berth

Gilman defensive end Thomas Booker is one of 32 high school football players from across the country in the running for two fan-selected berths in the Under Armour All-America Football Game.

Booker, All-Metro second-team tight end last season, excels on both sides of the ball although he is being recruited as a defensive end. He has not made a college choice, but had been considering Stanford, Notre Dame, Harvard, Princeton and Penn.

Players will be placed in an interactive bracket, going head to head, with the winners advancing to the next round until voting ends Nov. 17 at 12:59 a.m. Matchups will be revealed when voting begins this afternoon at 1 p.m.

The player with the most votes on each side of the bracket when voting concludes will play in the 10th annual Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The game will be shown live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.

“I think it would be a great honor for him and obviously tremendous recognition for the school,” Gilman coach and athletic director Tim Holley said. “We’ve had other players play in the game from Gilman, so he falls into a long line of pretty good high school football players, guys who went on to play at the college and professional levels. Certainly, he represents what’s good about our school. He excels in the classroom and on the athletic field and we’re very proud of him.”

If he wins a spot, Booker would be the seventh Greyhound to be selected for the game, joining Darius Jennings, Cyrus Jones, Henry Poggi, Melvin Keihn, Kai Locksley and Ellison Jordan.

This season, McDonogh’s defensive tackle PJ Mustipher and St. Frances defensive end Eyabi Anoma and offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan already have been selected for the Under Armour All-America Game.

A highlight reel of the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Booker as well as each of the other players will be on the web site. Called the DreamFearlessly Fan Vote, the six-week contest is sponsored by American Family Insurance.

Booker is the only player from Maryland in the 32-player field and you can vote for him here: dreamfearlessly.underarmourgame.com.

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