Nebraska offensive lineman commit Boe Wilson of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was surprised when the Under Armour All-American Game wanted to plug him into its first-ever Fan Vote for a chance to win one of two remaining spots in their all-star game.
“I was completely shocked. My coach and athletic director came up to me during school and asked me if I wanted to do it and I said ‘yeah.’ It’d be great for this school and the community. I’ve always wanted to play in an All-American game, so that’ll be fun as well.”
Wilson began his campaign by writing the voting link on every chalkboard in his seven classes. He told family, friends and utilized social media to the best of his ability, but he had no idea what the HVM was capable of.
Once word of Wilson potentially getting into the Under Armour All-American Game got out, it spread like wildfire across Husker Nation. He recalls his father bringing him conversations between Big Red backers about the contest.
My dad found them and showed them to me and there were just pages on pages of people telling each other to vote and other Huskers talking to each other, so it didn’t go unnoticed. I’m thankful for that.”
Once the contest was over and he had won a spot, it didn’t take Wilson long to start drawing up an acceptance speech. “I just started thinking of my Husker family. Just happy to have so many people up there voting and the strong support system behind me. I owe a big part of this to them.”
He was a little miffed that the opening round had him facing fellow Nebraska commit Jack Stoll. “If they would’ve had us on two sides of the bracket, we’d probably have two Huskers in the All-American Bowl."
How right he likely is.
As for his final words for the Husker Voting Machine, Wilson kept things short and sweet. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all the Huskers. I firmly believe that I would not be an All-American right now if it were not for them, so thank you.”