Nolan Catholic has had some good football players and teams — heck the Vikings won seven state titles from 2005-2013.
But when it’s finally over, NaNa Osafo-Mensah might be the best of all time.
With the Vikings (9-1) on a bye during the start of the TAPPS playoffs, Osafo-Mensah continued to cement his legacy with his selection into the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Thursday inside the Nolan Catholic arena.
With his family and head coach David Beaudin by his side, the 4-star defensive end was presented with his All-American jersey.
“I’ve always dreamed of being an All-American since I was little and to finally see this become a reality, it’s a blessing and I’m so happy to be here and to share it with so many people in my life,” Osafo-Mensah. “My parents have been through everything me and my sister even motivates me to be the best I can be so I’m so grateful for all of them.”
The game is 1 p.m. on Jan. 5 from the Alamodome in San Antonio. It will be aired on NBC.
“I can remember watching those games growing up and thinking I wanted to be one of those players,” Osafo-Mensah said. “Just seeing what those players were doing in high school, it always motivated me to get here one day.”
Osafo-Mensah has recorded 28 tackles and nine sacks this season. Nolan Catholic awaits Friday’s winner between Dallas Parish Episcopal and San Antonio Antonian Prep.
“Today probably ranks second. The first hasn’t come yet and that’s the state ring we’re going to win this year,” he said.
Osafo-Mensah committed to Notre Dame in May. He picked the Irish over Texas, but also considered TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M, Alabama, Michigan, LSU and more.
He’s ranked as the No. 6 weak-side defensive end in the country and No. 20 overall in the state, per 247Sports.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better representative in every way,” Beaudin said. “NaNa embodies exactly what this school is all about from the way he approaches his faith, leadership, school and grades, and you combine all that with the football player he is and he’s the perfect guy to be an All-American.”