De Smet’s Jordan Johnson hopes to remember the Alamodome.
The 6-foot-2 and 185-pound Johnson will be playing in the upcoming All-American Bowl. The high school football all-star game, held annually at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, is played between all-star teams representing the eastern and western United States.
The kickoff for the East vs. West matchup is at noon Saturday (Jan. 4) on NBC.
Johnson caught 29 passes for 587 yards and nine touchdowns this season when De Smet won the Class 6 state championship. Johnson averaged better than 20 yards per catch. A Class 6 all-state first team selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and first team Metro Catholic Conference selection as a receiver, Johnson signed with Notre Dame last month in the early recruiting period.
De Smet coach Rob Steeples said being chosen to play in this all-star football game is a big honor for Johnson.
“Man, that’s huge. He’s a humble kid and I’m very happy for him and his mother Sonya,” Steeples said. “She’s done a great job raising thim. He is able to serve as an inspiration for kids to be in shoes. He’s laid a huge blueprint for being elite.”
Steeples said a shoulder injury caused him to miss a couple of games in De Smet’s undefeated 2019 campaign.
“He sat out a couple of games a shoulder ailment but he turned in a hell of a season,” Steeples said. “He never complained when ball didn’t go his way. He can block and let the other guys do what they do. He is so selfness.
“He understands that it’s not just about him. He’s still a kid. He’s got things to learn and I couldn’t be more grateful for my time with him. He’s a hell of a young man with a bright future.”
As an NBC Sports-owned property, the All-American Bowl is annually the most-watched, most-talked about, and most-prestigious high school all-star event with more than 4,500,000 unique television viewers and over 25,000 in attendance.
The history and tradition of the All-American Bowl is unparalleled: 410 draft picks; 57 Super Bowl champions; 144 Pro Bowl selections; 16 Heisman finalists including, but not limited to: Odell Beckham Jr., Andrew Luck, Tim Tebow, Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, and Trevor Lawrence.
Johnson, the No. 1 player in the state of Missouri, was officially selected last year as a 2020 All-American during a celebratory selection event at De Smet.
Johnson was selected by the All-American Bowl Selection Committee, consisting of the All-American Bowl and 247Sports. All-Americans are eligible for the All-American Bowl Player of the Year Award, the Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year Award, the Defensive Player of the Year Award, the All-American Bowl Man of the Year, the All-American Bowl MVP Award.
Only 100 football players receive the honor of putting on the All-American Bowl jersey each year. Each player selected to participate will culminate their high school careers at the All-American Bowl.