Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University High running back Nick Brossette slips the tackle of Baker's Deontrey Hunt in a game last week.

“Blessed” was the key word for University High running back Nick Brossette on Wednesday. There was no long speech from the soft-spoken LSU commitment.

Brossette made sure those on hand knew how much he appreciated his family, coaches and teammates on the day he formally accepted his “15” jersey for the Under Armour All-America Game.

“I can’t even talk right now … I’m just so blessed right now,” Brossette said. “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was little kid. I want to thank the coaching staff for pushing me to be the man who I am now. Thank you.”

The national all-star game is Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Brossette is rated as the No. 10 running back on the ESPN 300 list. He rushed for 1,325 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns during the regular season. Brossette also has four receiving TDs and has thrown a TD pass.

Because top-seeded U-High of select Division II has a bye this week instead of playoff game there was no pep rally attached to the ceremony like there was last year when offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield, now at LSU, got his Under Armour jersey.

Instead a smaller group of cheerleaders, teammates and family made their way into the UHS gym when wind and weather conditions prompted a move inside from the Cubs’ practice field.

After posing for photos once the ceremony ended, Brossette talked more about the Under Armour honor and what he expects. This is the third straight year U-High has had a player in the Florida-based game. Current Alabama linebacker Tim Williams played in it two years ago.

“It gets real competitive there,” Brossette said of the all-star game. “I just have to go show my talents, but the biggest thing is to have fun with it because it will be my last game before I go on to college.

“I’m so happy for myself, the school, my teammates, my coaches, my family … really everybody. I’m glad I got to share this.”

Though he reiterated that he remains committed to LSU, Brossette had to field a few recruiting questions. He’s already taken an official visit to Notre Dame. Visits to Texas and Arizona State are likely, along with LSU.

UHS coach Chad Mahaffey praised Brossette, noting his desire to improve.

“We’re proud of him of him obviously,” Mahaffey said. “He’s a good kid and a good teammate who works very hard. Sometimes you see guys who have success early kind of rest on that. Nick has never done that. He comes to us every year and wants to know what he can do to get better.”