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Bishop Luers linebacker Jaylon Smith

Bishop Luers linebacker Jaylon Smith, a Notre Dame recruit, received his officiall invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at a ceremony in the school's gym Friday. By Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

Smith up for a challenge

Bishop Luers linebacker Jaylon Smith was just as ready for the next challenge as he was for receiving his official invitation to the U.S. Army All-American bowl in the school's gym Friday afternoon.

After he received his jersey from the game during a ceremony at the Knights' homecoming pep rally, he was just as fired up for Friday night's game against North Side.

"You can never be satisfied," Smith, a Notre Dame recruit, said. "I'm going to go back to work. We have a game tonight. I will definitely be prepared. (Notre Dame coach) Brian Kelly is coming tonight. It is going to be a good night. It is homecoming, the crowd will be pumped."

Smith was just as pumped to be part of the high school all-star game, which will be played at 1 p.m. Jan. 5 in San Antonio's Alamodome.

"It's obviously up there," Smith said. "I believe it's No. 1. It's really just putting in all the hard work and dedication and really seeing it pay off."

Smith is Luers' first Army All-American, and he is the first Fort Wayne player to play in the game since John Goodman, a Bishop Dwenger graduate and fifth-year senior at Notre Dame, played in the 2008 game.

Smith said he is humbled to be part of an event that has had Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh and many other future star college and NFL players as participants.

"It's an honor just to be mentioned with those people's name," Smith said. "Tim Tebow is a great leader to me. I'm very inspired by him. We were just looking forward to that opportunity and playing."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.