DETROIT -- Linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone (Detroit/Cass Tech) became the fifth member of Michigan’s 2012 class to be named to the Army All-American Bowl on Monday afternoon.
In front of his peers, teammates, coaches and family, Jenkins-Stone thanked each and every one of them for helping him to reach this point. He acknowledged the hard work they have put into him, and how it has affected his life.
Jenkins-Stone continues the tradition at Cass Tech of sending players to the Army All-American game to go along with past players such as William Campbell, Dior Mathis, Boubacar Cissoko and Joseph Barksdale.
“Those guys said as they were getting their jerseys, they told me to keep working hard,” Jenkins-Stone said. “Somebody was going to be an All-American coming out, it’s tradition. Terry and wound up being the two All-Americans.”
His teammate and fellow commit, defensive back Terry Richardson, will be a part of the Under Armour All-America game, which according to Jenkins-Stone makes it the first time Cass Tech has had two All-Americans in one class.
While his teammates watched him receive the honor, the underclassmen were watching in hopes of being in his shoes soon. 2013 defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs was there to support his teammate, and to remind him of what it takes to get to that level.
“All those guys that have made it to these All-American games from Cass Tech have always been the hardest working,” he said. “God might not have blessed me with 6-foot-5 height, or 4.5 speed, but I can be the hardest worker and try to get to where these guys are.”
Jenkins-Stone hasn’t talked about the game with any of the other Michigan commitments yet, but plans on doing so soon. He did make it clear, though, that he will be recruiting for the Wolverines.
“I’m going to try,” he said. “Everybody needs to Go Blue.”