Walters plays at Under Armour All-American game

Although he graduated at the end of last semester to get a jump start on a collegiate football career at the University of Texas, Mason Walters added one last tally to his list of accomplishments at Frenship High School.

On Jan. 4, Walters became the first Frenship football player to play in the Under Armour All-American game held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

“The choice was easy,” said Walters about choosing the Under Armour game over the Army All-American game. “I have never been to Florida.”

“(The experience) is kind of ridiculous,” said Walters. “I did not know what to expect. I was kind of nervous when I got down there. I have had high rankings all year, but you really have to prove yourself when you get there. Once I got on the field, I felt like I fit in.”

Walters fit in perfectly.

He played alongside future University of Texas teammates Paden Kelley, Thomas Ashcroft, Garrett Gilbert and Barrett Matthews.

“It was good to play along with them,” said Walters. “I got to see how much they are dedicated, and working with them side by side will give us a head start down the road because we are going to be so tight. We talked about our expectations while we were down there. We want to go down (to University of Texas) and get one of those big rings in a few years.”

As much as he fit in, Walters had to adjust to playing at a higher level of competition.

“There were a few times I was put in my place,” said Walters. “There is a guy named Jacobbi McDaniel who is a Florida State commit. He put me in my place one time and I was a little bit shocked because I didn’t know how to react. But it’s something that you just have to get back up from and realize that these guys are not just your everyday athletes.”

Walters’ trip consisted of a week-long list of different events that included athletic drills, and activities such as visiting Disney World.

“We definitely drew attention wherever we went,” said Walters. “We would go different places and you can just feel the eyes following us.”

Walters said he feels honored to be the first All-American to come from Frenship, but is aware of the responsibility.

“I like to set an example and be someone that younger kids look up to,” said Walters. “I try and be someone who sets a good example of what a football player should be on and off the field. There will be other great athletes to come through Frenship and I hope to set an example.”

Walters said he enjoys helping the community, and plans to take part in future volunteering opportunities.

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