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Brandon Ruiz selected as U.S. Army All-American

Football players celebrating Brandon Ruiz
Williams Field High School Senior Brandon Ruiz has been selected to join an elite class as a 2017 U.S. Army All-American.
Ruiz will play in the East vs. West match-up on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be nationally televised live on NBC and will feature the nation’s top 100 football players.

The U.S. Army Selection Tour came to the Williams Field campus Friday, Oct. 28, to present Brandon with his game-day jersey and to honor his family and the school.
Ruiz is the first U.S. Army All American in the history of the Higley Unified School District.
“Like U.S. Army soldiers, these players have demonstrated leadership, adaptability, discipline and teamwork,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “Ruiz has demonstrated that he is innovative both on and off the football field, and we are pleased to welcome him to this year’s elite team of U.S. Army All-American Bowl athletes.”
Ruiz participated in a football camp in South Carolina where he competed with high school kickers from across the nation and ended up being the best one there, earning him a spot in the U.S. Army All- American Bowl.
“I feel extremely honored to be recognized with this and it is something I have been working toward since my freshman year,” Ruiz said.
“I can remember four years ago when he was still playing soccer and not even playing football and the amount of commitment and dedication and hard work it’s taken to go from never playing the game of football to being the No. 1 kicker in the nation is unbelievable and is both above and beyond what most people can conceive. Congratulations, Brandon, for all you’ve achieved because it came through hard work, dedication and putting more hours in than probably myself, your teammates and more than anyone at this school even knows,” Black Hawks head coach Steve Campbell said.
As a result of Ruiz being selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, presented by American Family Insurance, Campbell will be invited to travel to San Antonio to attend the U.S. Army Coaches Academy and participate in Bowl Week activities.
The Bowl consistently draws an annual crowd upwards of 40,000 to the Alamodome and is the most-watched high school sporting event of each year, with 4.3-million viewers tuning in to the 2016 NBC broadcast.
Ruiz has accepted a full ride scholarship to the University of Alabama and has a spot on the football team as their kicker. He hopes to eventually make it the NFL.
“I am really looking forward to college and getting to play football while I am there,” Ruiz said.