St. Frances’ Eyabi Anoma and Jaelyn Duncan and McDonogh’s PJ Mustipher got a little extension of their high school football senior seasons when they were selected Under Armour All-Americans late last summer.
Thursday night, they will finish their prep careers at the Under Armour All-America Game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., before they head off to some of the nation’s top football programs after graduation. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m.
While being selected among the nation’s top players for the elite senior all-star game is a prestigious honor for all three All-Metro players, it may mean just a little more to Mustipher.
“My brother was an Under Armour All-American. That’s kind of the reason I always wanted to play in the game,” Mustipher said when he was chosen for the game in August.
Sam Mustipher, now playing offensive line at Notre Dame, was an Under-Armour All-American from Good Counsel in 2013.
Heading for Penn State, Mustipher is a 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive tackle who has been on the All-Metro first team two straight years. He had 45 tackles including 17 for a loss as well as 14 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven hurries for the No.7 Eagles (6-5) while also playing on the offensive line.
Defensive end Anoma, The Baltimore Sun’s Defensive Player of the Year, led a crushing St. Frances defense that allowed just 61 points all season. That included a 41-3 win over Bingham (Utah) in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series that polished off a 13-0 season and lifted the No. 1 Panthers to No. 4 in USA Today’s Super 25. At 6-5, 240 pounds, he led the Panthers with 98 tackles and also had 22 sacks, forced four fumbles and recovered three. He has signed with Alabama.
Duncan, a 6-6 offensive tackle headed to Maryland, was one of the keys to a line that paved the way for the Panthers to run for more than 3,000 yards last fall. They scored 534 points — an average of 41 per game — and scored 37 or more points nine times.