Standing in front of a group of raucous George Washington High classmates, Justin Moody formally accepted an invitation on Friday afternoon to play in January's Semper Fidelis All American Game.
The 6-foot-3, 270 pound senior lineman has made a name for himself in the Public League by his quick ability to rush off the edge.
"It's really special to me," said Moody, who is from Germantown. "I can't wait to get out there and just play against the competition."
The game will be played on Jan. 4 at the Home Depot Center, just outside of Los Angeles. Joining Moody will be Imhotep's David Williams, Penn Charter's Mike McGlinchey, Woodbury's Anthony Averett and Glassboro's Corey Clement.
Along with being presented his All American jersey, Moody was honored with a designation from State Rep. Brendan Boyle. The ceremony was attended by his Eagles teammates, the cheerleaders, marching band and selected Washington classmates.
Moody hasn't made his college decision yet but has whittled his 12 scholarship offers to a final list of five. Among those are Temple, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse and California. Moody has yet to schedule an official visit and said he's in no rush to make his choice.
His interest in the Owls isn't hinged on the program's Big East membership. Instead, he likes the fact they're close to home.
"They're in my backyard," said Moody. "It's like home to me."