Williams Field High School senior Brandon Ruiz has been selected to join an elite class as a 2017 U.S. Army All-American football player.
Ruiz, a nationally ranked kicker, will play in the East-West match up on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game, nationally televised on NBC, will feature the nation’s top 100 football players.
Ruiz has accepted a full-ride scholarship to the University of Alabama to play on the No. 1 Crimson Tide 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.
The U.S. Army Selection Tour came to the Williams Field campus recently to present Ruiz 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.
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 his 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.
Steve Campbell, head coach of the state-champion Williams Field Black Hawks, recalls four years ago when Ruiz was playing soccer and had not even come out for football.
“The 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,” Campbell said.