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Parade of honors continues for Luers star

– Bishop Luers senior linebacker Jaylon Smith has been named to the 2013 Parade All-American football team.

The official announcement will appear in Parade magazine, which comes inside Sunday’s edition of The Journal Gazette.

Smith was named to Parade’s 13-player defensive squad. There are 57 players honored with All-American status.

“Everything he gets, he deserves,” said new Luers football coach Kyle Lindsay, who was an assistant for the Knights. “I am happy with the way he has taken it all in stride. He is very humble about everything.

“It is great for him, for his family and for the community. When he receives these awards, it brings not only attention to him, but to Fort Wayne football as well.”

The Notre Dame recruit adds the Parade honor to a list that includes being named the 2012 Indiana Mr. Football; the Butkus Award winner; and playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, of which he was named a team captain.

On Friday, Smith will officially receive the Mr. Football award, the first for a player from Fort Wayne, between Bishop Luers’ girls and boys basketball games.

And on Wednesday, he will officially sign his letter of intent to the Irish, who lost in the BCS championship game. Smith was also a finalist for the national defensive player of the year.

For the Knights, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Smith had 75 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks this past season. He also rushed for 1,200 yards and scored 17 touchdowns while playing running back.

Smith led the Knights to four Class 2A state championships.

In the recent 2A title game, Smith ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-28 win over top-ranked Indianapolis Ritter.

He also had four tackles and a sack on defense.

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