Looking back on all he's accomplished over the years and all the hard work it's taken to get here, Kevon Seymour got choked up Tuesday at his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey ceremony.
It was a touching moment for the Pasadena (Calif.) Muir prospect who really emerged on the national scene last off-season and is now one of the top cornerbacks in the country, according to Rivals.com.
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To get invited to the Army game is just another monumental accomplishment for the four-star uncommitted prospect. As everything came together Tuesday afternoon, Seymour looked back on all the hard work.
"It means a lot," Seymour said. "I'm honored to play in this game and I'm really appreciative because only a few student-athletes get to play in this game. I'm really excited.
"It is a big deal to me. I just thought back to all the times I've been through and all the hard work I've been putting in on the field and in the classroom, so that really hit me."
Rated as the ninth-best cornerback and No. 91 prospect in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, Seymour said he's determined to work out even harder after the season in preparation for the Army game.
Sometimes players have been sitting for a few weeks resting up after a grueling senior season only to get thrown back into the mix during the week in San Antonio, but Seymour doesn't plan to rest much.
He wants to be ready when some of the nation's top wide receivers challenge him during the Army practices and especially in the game.
"I'm going to train hard right after the football season so I can get ready to go up against some top-notch receivers so I can make a name for myself," Seymour said. "I'm just excited and I'm ready to do it."
It will be a busy few months for the 6-foot, 180-pound prospect on the recruiting trail too since he remains uncommitted, although USC is considered the favorite. Since he's not 100 percent certain, though, Seymour said he wants to take more time - and some visits - before making a commitment.
The Trojans are definitely a frontrunner in his recruitment.
"I love the atmosphere at USC," Seymour said. "The coaches are really cool and it's a good fit for me. Recruitingwise, they're pretty much at the top.
"I'm not sure yet though. I don't want to commit and then later on in the process or in the middle de-commit. That wouldn't be right so I want to make sure it's 100 percent what I want to do."
Utah is also making a push for Seymour, who said he has a strong relationship with defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Kalani Fifita Sitake. California and Washington are two other places that Seymour plans to visit.
The Huskies are especially interesting because Pasadena Muir teammate Tairen Owens, a three-star running back, has already committed to them. Owens is pushing Seymour to join him at Washington and the four-star is planning a trip there.
"All the coaches are cool at Utah and coach Kalani is a good guy but I haven't been out there to visit," Seymour said. "I'll find out though.
"I'm going to visit Cal and Washington. They're at the top, too. I'm highly interested in taking a trip out there and seeing what they have to offer that's different than my hometown. It's important to take some trips because I want to see the atmospheres and I'll get a chance to experience new things."
Other than the aforementioned schools, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Oregon State, San Jose State and UCLA have offered Seymour, who has no visits scheduled yet and might not take any until later in the season or even after the season.
Recruiting will have its time and place. Tuesday was for Seymour to reflect on his past accomplishments that got him to the Army game. And to consider the ones he could make once he gets to San Antonio.