Last Friday was a special time at Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian.
Teammates Luke Lancaster, Robert Washington and Conner O'Donnell received their Team USA jerseys for the International Bowl next February.
“Those three guys – they earned everything they got,” said SouthLake head coach Jeff O’Donnell.
“It was a great summer. They had to go to a camp is Massachusetts for week to show that they deserved to be picked for the game in February.
“It is also great recognition for our school that not one kid, but three kids were selected. For us to get the recognition is outstanding. It shows that we’re a legitimate football school.”
It was the first selection for junior quarterback Luke Lancaster
“It’s my first time being selected and it’s a real honor and a great feeling to have a chance to represent our nation,” said Lancaster, who is attracting interest from Duke, Mississippi State and North Carolina.
"Receiving my jersey in front of all my family and friends was a very good experience and I enjoyed it very much.”
Like Lancaster, Washington, who was selected for the fifth time, enjoyed the ceremony.
“It was a great time for our program – not just me, Conner and Luke,” said Washington, who holds scholarship offers from Akron, Arizona State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Syracuse and UCLA. “Everyone had a lot of fun. It just made everybody feel good.
“It’s always an honor to represent your country. Todd Gurley did it, David Wilson did it, and Jaxon Shipley did it, so it’s just a really big honor.”
Conner O’Donnell echoed his teammate’s comments.
“This is my fourth time being selected and Friday night was special,” said O’Donnell, who has scholarship offers from Akron, Mississippi State and UCLA. Playing for Team USA is just a great experience.
“You get to go out and play against national and international competition and make some new friends. It’s just an honor and a blessing to go out and play for your country.”
SouthLake Christian is 6-0 and continues their season tomorrow night at home against Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day.