De Smet Jesuit senior Jakailin Johnson was honored on November 11 as a 2021 All-American during a live virtual All-American Bowl jersey presentation on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel. Jakailin, a defensive back for the Spartans, has committed to play football for the Ohio State Buckeyes next year.
Only 100 football players earn the All-American distinction each year. Jakailin will be celebrated as part of a special two-hour “All-American Bowl: Declaration Day” honoring each of this year’s All-Americans on Saturday, January 2, 2021, on NBC. The virtual jersey presentation is part of the ninth episode of Road to the Dome a 15-episode series that is released weekly through various digital and social platforms for NBC Sports.
“The honor of being named All-American is an accolade that is earned. JK has been earning his way on and off the field well before he reached All-American status,” said De Smet Jesuit Football Coach Robert Steeples. “His success is a result of hard work and a commitment to the MAAD Men culture that him and his teammates have cultivated over the years at De Smet Jesuit. I hope JK’s journey serves as an inspiration to the St. Louis youth who follow him. I, along with the De Smet Football Family, couldn’t be prouder of JK and I am sure Coach Jaz is smiling down on him as well!”