In front of a crowd featuring their families, coaches and teammates, Senior R.J. Mickens and Andrej Karic were announced by NBC Sports as members of the Army All-American team. These two will join 100 other top high school football players in San Antonio, Texas on January 4, 2020, in the biggest high school football all-star game in the country.
Mickens, who is signed to play with Clemson once he graduates, has been a figure on the Dragon varsity squad since his freshman year. Mickens was named the District 5-6A Utility Player of the Year as a junior in 2018. He also was named AP Class 6A second-team all-state selection as a sophomore and was a first-team all-district selection as a freshman.
“It’s a huge honor and just proof that the hard work is starting to pay off,” Mickens said. “It’s crazy to think that I will be playing in the same game as some of the greats like Odell Beckham Jr. or Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.”
Mickens will be attending Clemson in fall and looks forward to lining up and going head to head with some of the greatest college football players in the country. “I am just looking forward to the competition, it will be a new intensity and something that I am really excited for,” said Mickens.
Karic has been the multi-year starter and anchor for the very impressive Dragon offensive line. In 2018, Karic was named first-team all-district and was highly recruited by teams ranging from Baylor to Oregon, but Karic ultimately decided to stay home and sport the burnt orange of the University of Texas in Austin. He knew after his first trip to Austin, that he had found his new home.
“Man, UT… I just love everything about it, I fell in love after my first visit,” Karic stated. “Being named to play in this game on a national stage, and getting to wear the burnt orange, I couldn’t be more excited.”
Roughly 100 total high school football players in the country are chosen to play in the Army All-American Bowl, and Executive Director of Athletics for Carroll ISD, Steve Keasler, realizes how big of a deal it is for the Dragons to have two players showcased.
“There aren’t a ton of high school players chosen for this game, and for us to have two is just another example of the great things going on in our athletic programs and our classrooms,” Keasler said. “I am just so happy for these student-athletes, their families and everyone involved in this family. This place was packed this morning with R.J. and Andrej’s friends, families and most importantly their teammates. This program understands the importance of teammates.”
The Army All-American Bowl will be played on January 4, 2020, at 1 p.m. on NBC.