Austin named EA Sports All-American

Torrance, Calif. – Jacory Harris may have limped off the field in his final game, but the senior quarterback from Northwestern High of Miami, Fla., was more than healthy until the third quarter of that game and by that point his performances were so impressive that he just could not be denied being named as the 2007 EA SPORTS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR.
In addition to Harris, five other players from Florida plus four from Texas and two from California, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi are among 30 elite high school athletes who have been chosen to the seventh annual 2007 EA SPORTS All-American High School Football Team. A second team and a third team honor roll also has been chosen.
"We're proud to honor these young men and are looking forward to seeing these players continue to compete at a high level as they move on in their football careers," said Brian Movalson, EA SPORTS Director of Sports Marketing. "The EA SPORTS All-American honor is becoming one of the best in high school athletics because of the way they are done and because of the people who do the research behind the scenes. These student-athletes truly represent the best in the game in high school athletics."
Later this year, EA SPORTS will once again be bringing the All-American program into households across the nation with an hour-long syndicated television special that will air in almost all major markets in the U.S. Several of this year's EA SPORTS All-Americans in football will be profiled on that show.
Harris, who recently became the first Miami Dade County or Broward County athlete to be named Florida's Mr. Football since that award was begun in 1992, is the fourth national player of the year from the Sunshine State since 1970. The other three are Travis Henry of Frostproof (1996), Derrick Brooks from Pensacola Washington (1990) and Emmitt Smith from Pensacola Escambia (1986).
The 6-4, 175-pounder, who has a 33-inch vertical leap and is an honors student, emerged as a front-runner for the EA SPORTS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR honor in September when he led Northwestern to a 29-21 win over Texas powerhouse Southlake Carroll in a game played in Texas before 31,000. Harris threw four touchdown passes for the Bulls and outdueled 2006 EA SPORTS National Junior Player of the Year Riley Dodge. The result also ended Southlake Carroll's win streak at 49 games and pushed Northwestern up to No. 1 in the FAB 50 from its previous postion of No. 2.
Before he suffered a sprained knee in the third quarter of the Class 6A state championship game against previously unbeaten Orlando Boone, Harris had passed for 281 yards and two touchdowns. It was a game Northwestern had well in hand at the time of the injury and the final score of 41-0 only cemented the Bulls' status as the mythical national champion.
For the season, Harris passed for 3,445 yards and 49 touchdowns. He was only two short of the all-time Florida record for season touchdown passes and despite putting the ball up 333 times there were only six interceptions. He also rushed for 217 yards and scored three times.
Harris had equally impressive totals for his career. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 6,365 yards and 92 touchdowns, but the most impressive career stat was Northwestern's record in the 30 games he started: 30-0.
Fortunately, the knee injury in the final game only turned out to be a sprain. Harris has since graduated from Northwestern and is now attending classes at the University of Miami. He should be completely recovered by spring practices.
When he participated at the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Camp last summer, Harris was louded for his leadership, poise and potential to get so much better in the future. Comparisons to Vince Young were heard from camp counselors and coaches frequently. It looks like some of that potential already is obvious.
The annual EA SPORTS All-American Team is selected by the editors of Student Sports, which have compiled national rankings in numerous sports for more than 15 years. The format for the team calls for it not to be selected until all teams have finished their seasons, which makes the EA SPORTS honors more reflective of players who led their teams to state championships. The teams also are chosen after almost all of the numerous all-state teams around the country have been compiled and is usually released just before national letter of intent signing day, which takes place on Wednesday of this week.
Also named along with the players as the EA SPORTS National Coach of the Year is Mike Grant from Eden Prairie High of Minnesota.
Grant is the first Minnesotan to be national football coach of the year on a list that goes back to 1970. At that time, Grant's father, Bud, was leading the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. Bud Grant had an 18-year career with the Vikings and has been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with four Super Bowl appearances.
Mike Grant hasn't had any trouble winning in the prep version of the Super Bowl, which in Minnesota is the Class 5A state championship game. In fact, this year's 50-21 victory over Cretin-Derham Hall of St. Paul pushed Grant's record in state championships to a perfect 6-0.
This year's state championship also was the second in a row for Grant and his team, which ended at No. 17 in the final FAB 50 national rankings. The starting quarterback was none other than Mike's son, Ryan. Another of the 50-year-old head coach's sons, Taylor, could be Eden Prairie's quarterback next season.
Grant has been the head coach at Eden Prairie since 1992 and since 2002 he's also been the school's athletic director.
Here are the bios for all 30 players selected to this year's squad:
WR -- Julio Jones (Foley AL) 6-4, 215, Sr.
Alabama's Mr. Football honoree helped the Lions to an unbeaten regular season before they lost to eventual state Class 6A champion Prattville in the quarterfinal playoffs. Jones caught 68 passes for 1,179 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also had 414 kick return yards. Also a track standout, Jones doesn't plan to make a college commitment before Feb. 6, the NCAA binding letter-of-intent date. Colleges on the short list include Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
WR -- A.J. Green (Summerville, SC) 6-4, 190, Sr.
The four-year first team all-state selection is one of the best to ever play for legendary Summerville head coach John McKissick. Green, a University of Georgia recruit, landed 87 passes for 1,522 yards and 24 TDs this season. He also returned four punts for scores and added a rushing TD plus an interception return TD.
TE -- Blake Ayles (Lutheran, Orange CA) 6-5, 245, Sr.
Named all-state first team in California by and the L.A. Times' Lineman of the Year, Ayles caught 45 passes for 697 yards and eight touchdowns. The USC recruit also was a force on the other side of the ball with eight sacks and numerous pressures on the opposing quarterback. Ayles was perhaps the top tight end in California even as a junior when he helped Lutheran win the CIF Division II state title.
OL -- Mike Adams (Coffman, Dublin OH) 6-8, 305, Sr.
This all-state selection last year earned the honor again this year after a standout senior season in which the Shamrocks won their first 13 games before losing in the playoffs to national power St. Xavier of Cincinnati by just 10-7. Adams, who is heading to Ohio State, recently participated at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was regarded by some as the top overall lineman during practices and in the game itself.
OL -- Michael Brewster (Edgewater, Orlando FL) 6-6, 295, Sr.
The top lineman from the Class 6A all-state team in Florida is a young man with a 3.4 GPA who has the ability to play any position up front. Brewster, who runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds and has a 20-inch vertical jump, was offered by a who's who of college football, including Ohio State, USC, Georgia and Michigan. He went with the Buckeyes and already is attending classes in Columbus.
OL -- Matt Kalil (Servite, Anaheim CA) 6-7, 285, Sr.
You can tell Matt is the son of a line coach by his technique, which is flawless, and the way he uses his hand coordination and strength to dominate opposing defensive pass rushers. Kalil has already been handed multiple awards after wrapping up a standout career with the Friars, including all-state, all-county and All-CIF. Matt is the younger brother of former USC All-American center and current Carolina Panther Ryan Kalil. He will be headed to play for the Trojans in college as well.
OL -- J.B. Shugarts (Klein TX) 6-7, 305, Sr.
The son of former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive linemen Bret Shugarts, J.B. followed in his dad's footsteps to become a dominating offensive lineman. Like Mike Adams and Michael Brewster, he's also going to Ohio State to form what could be a dominating line for years to come. At Klein, Shugars excelled at run blocking in the Wing-T offense. He was a U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant and is regarded as one of the top prospects coming out of the Lone Star State this year regardless of position.
OL -- Baker Steinkuhler (Southwest, Lincoln NE) 6-6, 290, Sr.
Just call him Baker the Pancaker for all of the folks he's left flat on their backs for the last three seasons. And if the Steinkuhler name sounds familiar, it should since Baker is the son of Dean Steinkuhler, who won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in 1983 at Nebraska and is one of only 16 players in Nebraska history to have his number retired. It was no surprise when Baker committed to the Cornhuskers late during his junior season. He didn't let up as a senior despite the early decision and had an honors-filled season.
QB -- Jacory Harris (Northwestern, Miami FL) 6-4, 185, Sr.
Named as the 2007 EA SPORTS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Team finished 15-0 and was No. 1 in the final FAB 50 national rankings.
RB -- Washaun Ealey (Emanuel County Institute, Twin City GA) 5-10, 205, Jr.
A rare state Player of the Year as a junior, he not only led ECI to its first state Class A championship but set a state record by scoring 58 touchdowns, 12 more than the record set by Darius Walker of Buford. He also rushed for a state-best 2,982 yards, third best ever in the Peach State. After the season, he gave an early verbal scholarship commitment to the University of Georgia.
RB -- Jacquizz Rodgers (Lamar Consolidated, Rosenberg TX) 5-7, 190, Sr.
The consensus Player of the Year in the Lone Star State not only led the Mustangs to a state Class 4A-Division 1 championship but set a state career record with 136 touchdowns. He also ended with 8,239 career rushing yards, sixth on the all-time state charts. As a senior, he rushed 433 times for 2,872 yards and 37 scores. He's an Oregon State recruit.
K -- Justin Sorenson (Bingham, South Jordan UT) 6-1, 220, Sr.
The Brigham Young University recruit converted a state record 62-yard field goal this season among his 15 three-point kicks in 23 attempts. The record kick was one of four field goals longer than 50 yards. He ended his career with a state record 28 field goals. He also converted 54 of 55 point-after-touchdown attempts and had 81 touchbacks in 88 kickoffs this season. He punted for a 41.5 yard average as well.
DL -- DaQuan Bowers (Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Bamberg SC) 6-5, 270, Sr.
Bowers commited to Clemson after a junior season that saw him record 85 tackles for the second straight season to go along with 15 sacks and 841 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. Bowers, who has tremendous speed as he ran for the school's track team in the 100 meters, finished his senior season just short of 100 tackles with 97 while again recording double digit sacks with 14. He was recently named defensive MVP of the first ever Under Armour All-American Game.
DL -- Marcus Fortson (Northwestern, Miami FL) 6-2, 305, Sr.
Followed up a junior year of 65 tackles and 12 sacks and being named to the Class 6A All-State team with an even better senior season as he had 92 tackles and 20 sacks. Fortson, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the Bulls' 41-0 state championship game win over Boone of Orlando, was just too tough to leave off the first team even though Miami Northwestern also is the home of EA SPORTS Player of the Year Jacory Harris. Fortson won't go far for college as he will sign with Miami.
DL -- Nick Perry (King, Detroit MI) 6-4, 240, Sr.
After transferring from Detroit Mackenzie, Perry was a one-man wrecking crew for King. He shattered the state record for most sacks in a season, which previously was set at 26, with 36. Perry also finished with 147 tackles and eight touchdowns in the 14-game season. In his junior year at MacKenzie, a school that was closed, he was named All-Metro Detroit with 75 tackles and 11 sacks. Miami, Michigan and USC are among the schools he'll have to decide from when he announces his plans for college on National Signing Day.
DL -- DeAngelo Tyson (Statesboro GA) 6-2, 305, Sr.
DeAngelo has had a lot to overcome to become successful since at the age of 11 he has lived in a group home. Despite facing double and triple teams all season, Tyson still managed a second straight all state selection after having 77 tackles and nine sacks. Last year, he had 72 tackles and six sacks and announced he would accept an offer from the Georgia Bulldogs. He isn't already in Athens going to classes because he also stars for Statesboro in basketball.
DL -- R.J. Washington (Fossil Ridge, Keller TX) 6-3, 245, Sr.
The top rated prospect by Rivals from the Class of 2008 in Texas, Washington wrapped up his third straight double digit sack season with 11 to go along with 74 tackles. His three-year totals included 221 tackles and 31 sacks. He currently has rejoined the school's basketball team after not playing as a junior and is a key defensive force in the team's 23-4 record. Washington verbaled to Oklahoma back in 2006 and plans to stick with the Sooners and make it official on National Signing Day despite offers from other big-time schools like Texas and Florida.
LB -- Nigel Bradham (Wakulla, Crawfordville FL) 6-2, 230, Sr.
A multiple all-state selectee for the past three years, Bradham recorded 147 tackles and 12 sacks this year after 150 tackles and eight sacks last year. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was one of six finalists for its national Player of the Year award. Bradham always wanted to be a Florida State Seminole growing up and already is attending classes in Tallahassee.
LB -- Arthur Brown (East, Wichita KS) 6-1, 215, Sr.
A three-time Class 6A all-state pick, Brown ranks as one of the top prospects to ever come out of The Sunflower State and perhaps the top player from Wichita since Barry Sanders. A tackling machine with a best of 4.47 in the 40, Brown totaled 151 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior in just nine games, after registering 158 tackles as a junior and 154 as a sophomore in 2005. He narrowed his choices to Florida, LSU, Miami, North Carolina and USC before choosing the 'Canes in December, where he is already enrolled to participate in practices this spring.
LB -- Steve Filer (Mount Carmel, Chicago IL) 6-4, 225, Sr.
Filer is the only three-year starter at linebacker in Mount Carmel history, a program that has turned out the likes of Donovan McNabb and Simeon Rice over the years. He registered 107 tackles and earned all-state as a senior despite opponents doing their best to avoid his side of the field. The Notre Dame recruit totaled 295 tackles and 20 sacks in his three years as a starter for the Caravan.
DB -- Brandon Harris (B. T. Washington, Miami FL) 6-0, 180, Sr.
A two-time Class 4A all-state and three-time all-Dade County selection, Harris was the key cog in the Tornadoes' run to an undefeated season, 4A state title and FAB 50 Top 10 finish this fall. The physical corner totaled over 40 tackles and six interceptions for father and head coach Tim Harris while also contributing as a receiver, returner and even quarterback, totaling over 1,000 all-purpose yards. Harris will announce his college choice on Signing Day with Miami, Ohio State and Florida appearing to be at the front of the pack.
DB -- Patrick Johnson (Ely, Pompano Beach FL) 6-1, 195, Sr.
In a class deep at cornerback, particularly in the Sunshine State, Johnson is regarded by many as the nation's best at his position. Johnson totaled five interceptions to earn Class 5A all-state honors this fall despite being avoided at all costs by opposing quarterbacks, and had a combined 12 interceptions over the past two seasons. The Nike Camp All-American also ran for 11 scores on offense and his combination of size and speed should make him an immediate impact player at LSU this coming fall.
DB -- Alonzo Lawrence (George County, Lucedale MS) 6-1, 185, Sr.
Lawrence emerged this fall and in all-star games as one of the Magnolia State's most dynamic talents and one of the nation's top covermen. While he only registered two interceptions this fall, Lawrence made his presence felt in numerous other ways, totaling 91 tackles, returning five kickoffs, two fumbles and one punt for touchdowns and also catching 30 passes for 772 yards and 11 more scores, earning all-state honors in the process. He announced just on Friday that he will attend Alabama for college.
P -- Jeff Locke (Mountain Ridge, Glendale AZ) 6-1, 185, Sr.
This UCLA-bound specialist is arguably the nation's best punter/place kicker combo, and is a two-time all-state selection in Arizona. Locke has averaged over 43 yards per punt in each of the past two seasons, and to boot he also placed 10 of his 38 punts this fall inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Locke's long leg also is a weapon on kickoffs, where he placed 47 of 54 in the end zone for touchbacks, and field goals, as hit hit 11 this fall with a long of 63 yards.
RB/DB -- Darius Barksdale (South Panola, Batesville, MS) 5-11, 195, Sr.
The state Player of the Year never played in a losing game for the Tigers, and that's doubly significant because he was a four-year starter. South Panola extended its national active best win streak to 75 games this season with a fifth straight 15-0 season and state title. Barksdale set a state Class 5A record with 2,917 rushing yards on 325 carries and scored 35 touchdowns. In his final two games in the playoffs, he rushed for 399 yards in the semifinals and 333 in the title game. Earlier in his career, Barksdale was more of a defensive standout than on offense and he played strongly on defense for all four years as well. He's an Ole Miss recruit.
QB/RB -- Riley Dodge (Carroll, Southlake TX) 6-0, 185, Sr.
The EA Sports National Junior of the Year for 2006 capped his career by completing 230 of 321 passes for 3,431 yards and 40 TDs while also rushing for 707 yards and 13 scores before being injured in a state playoff loss. He will play for his father-coach, Todd Dodge, at North Texas after originally committing to Texas.
WR/DB -- Michael Floyd (Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul MN) 6-3, 205, Sr.
A two-time state Player of the Year, and Notre Dame recruit, he landed 56 passes for 1,211 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also carried 44 times for 436 yards and three scores and returned 16 punts for 373 yards and four touchdowns for the state runnerup team.
QB/DB/RB -- Will Hill (St. Peter's, Jersey City NJ) 6-3, 210, Sr.
The two-time state Player of the Year in New Jersey, and University of Florida recruit, accounted for 36 touchdowns and over 1,800 yards this season. He rushed for 938 yards and 20 scores and passed for 971 yards and 16 TDs. On defense, he intercepted three passes. For his career, he scored 53 touchdowns and accounted for 104 scores.
QB/RB -- Randall Mackey (Bastrop LA) 6-1, 190, Sr.
He led his team to 45 straight wins and three straight state Class 4A titles. Mackey completed 198 of 313 passes for 3,057 yards and 32 TDs while also rushing for 940 yards and 21 scores. He capped a 15-0 record season with 398 total offense yards in the state finals.
QB/DB -- Terrelle Pryor (Jeannette, PA) 6-6, 225, Sr.
An All-America calibre athlete in both football and basketball, he led the Jayhawks to a 16-0 record and state Class AA title while becoming the first state athlete to pass and rush for more than 4,000 yards in his career. Despite playing only five complete games because of one-sided wins, he completed 87 of 130 passes for 1,889 yards and 23 TDs and rushed 143 times for 1,899 yards and 33 scores. He scored or passed for 58 TDs including a TD reception in the state finals and a 100-yard interception return in the semifinals. In his career, he passed for 4,340 yards and rushed for 4,238 yards while accounting for 125 TDs. Ohio State and Michigan are high on his college list. Pryor, along with Mississippi's Darius Barksdale, also were strongly considered for the overall national player of the year honor.
WR DeAndre Brown (Ocean Springs MS) 6-6, 220, Sr. -- The state Player of the Year runnerup to Darius Barksdale, he amassed 1,580 all-purpose yards and 15 TDs for a 10-2 record team. Headed to Southern Miss.
WR Tavarres King (Habersham Central, Mount Airy GA) 6-1, 175, Sr. -- The University of Georgia recruit, and state Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year, caught 16 TD passes and had 1,673 receiving yards.
OL A.J. Harmon (Jefferson County, Louisville GA) 6-6, 320, Sr. -- Highly-regarded prospect from Peach State orginally was headed to Clemson, but switched commitment to Georgia at U.S. Army All-American Game.
OL Tyler Love (Mountain Brook AL) 6-7, 285, Sr. -- Named all-state and All-Metro for two straight seasons and has announced he will sign letter of intent with Alabama.
OL Lucas Nix (Jefferson, Jefferson Hills PA) 6-6, 295, Sr. -- Four-year starter on both sides of the line will join his older brother, Nate, next season at the University of Pittsburgh.
OL Trevor Robinson (Elkhorn NE) 6-5, 305, Sr. -- Another impressive player up front from same state as first team pick Baker Steinkuhler. Unlike Steinkuhler, though, Robinson switched his commitment from Nebraska recently and instead is going to Notre Dame.
OL Tyron Smith (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley CA) 6-5, 265, Sr. -- A discovery at the USC Nike Camp as a junior when he was named most valuable lineman, Smith was perhaps more impressive as a senior and this time was camp MVP. Going to USC.
QB Matt Barkley (Mater Dei, Santa Ana CA) 6-3, 225, Jr. – He's not as much of a runner as other QBs on the second team so he was placed in this position. Named all-state first team despite being junior, Barkley passed for 3,560 yards and 35 TDs despite missing one regular season game when it was cancelled due to a wildfire.
RB Kwamaine Brown (Osceola, Kissimmee FL) 5-9, 190, Sr. -- The state Class 5A Player of the Year led his team to a 14-1 record and state runnerup finish. He carried 294 times for 2,405 yards and a state record-tying 44 TDs.
RB Darrell Scott (St. Bonaventure, Ventura CA) 6-1, 215, Sr. – Slipped slightly after junior year at nearby Moorpark, but still rushed for 2,433 yards and 34 touchdowns. Led team to Division III state title.
RB Marcus Wright (Reagan, San Antonio TX) 5-7, 170, Sr. -- The state Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year rushed for 3,374 yards and scored 45 TDs as a senior and ended his career with 7,099 rushing yards.
K Jake Wieclaw (Lincoln Way Central, New Lenox IL) 6-3, 185, Sr. --
Set a new state record with 48 field goals for his career. This year, though, he was only able to play seven games due to an injury. He was still 9 of 12 on field goals, including a 52-yarder.
DL [Jurrell Casey (Poly, Long Beach CA) 6-1, 245, Sr. – Two way line standout for CIF Southern Section Pac-Five Division champs had 91 tackles, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries. Headed to USC.
DL Lawrence Guy (Western, Las Vegas NV) 6-6, 265, Sr. – Had 120 tackles and 29 sacks this season and is headed to Arizona State after passing up offers from many, including Oklahoma and Tennessee.
DL Omar Hunter (Buford GA) 6-1, 310, Sr. – All-state pick was a force in Buford's march to the Class AA state title. Headed to Florida.
LB Brendan Beal (Liberty, Bethlehem PA) 6-4, 230, Sr. – Transferred to Liberty for senior season and led team with 113 tackles and 11 sacks. Going to Florida as well.
LB William Green (Spain Park, Hoover AL) 6-4, 215, Sr. – Helped Jaguars reach state title game for the first time in school history with 114 tackles and four sacks. Yet another out-of-state standout committed to Florida.
LB Jerrell Harris (Gadsden City, Gadsden AL) 6-4, 225, Sr. – Big-time talent picking among Auburn, Alabama and USC on signing day had 140 tackles, three interceptions and 19 sacks during the season.
DB John Boyett (Napa CA) 6-0, 190, Sr. – Only came off the field on kickoffs and on defense led team in interceptions last two two years. Oregon commit also passed for 1,822 yards and 19 TDs, rushed for 1,524 yards and 20 TDs and led team to CIF Sac-Joaquin Section title.
DB Boubacar Cissoko (Cass Tech, Detroit MI) 5-9, 170, Sr. – Didn't start playing organized football until high school but is now headed to Michigan after a senior season that saw him make 67 tackles with two interceptions and two punt return TDs.
DB Janoris Jenkins (Pahokee FL) 6-0, 175, Sr. – Four-year starter for Blue Devil team that won its state title all four of those years. Soon to be Florida Gator had 99 tackles and five interceptions and also rushed for 820 yards and 14 scores.
DB Vaughn Telemaque (Poly, Long Beach CA) 6-3, 185, Sr. – Picked off three passes in the Jackrabbits' victory over Crespi of Encino in the CIF Pac-Five Division title game and had eight for season. The Miami-bound player also had 71 tackles and two forced fumbles.
DB Aaron Williams (McNeil, Austin TX) 6-1, 175, Sr. – Headed to Texas after a senior season that saw him post 114 tackles and three interceptions.
P Ben Buchanan (Central, Westerville OH) 6-1, 185, Sr. – Averaged 41 yards per punt and was effective putting ball inside the 20. Future Ohio State Buckeye also made 13 of 13 field goals unter 50 yards and set a state record with five field goals in one game, which included one from 57 yards.
RB/WR Ryan Bass (Centennial, Corona CA) 5-10, 200, Sr. – Finished with more than 7,000 career rush yards and 118 touchdowns after scoring 48 times with 2,608 yards for team that made it to CIF Division I state final. Going to Arizona State.
QB/RB Mike Glennon (Westfield, Chantilly VA) 6-6, 195, Sr. -- The state Player of the Year led his unbeaten team to a state championship while passing for 2,248 yards and 32 TDs and rushing for seven TDs and 129 yards.
QB/RB Landry Jones (Artesia NM) 6-5, 215, Sr. – EA Sports Elite 11 QB was the Mr. Football honoree with 3,566 yards passing and 43 TDs. Jones, headed to Oklahoma, also led Bulldogs to two straight Class 4A state titles.
RB/WR Milton Knox (Birmingham, Lake Balboa CA) 5-9, 200, Sr. – Named Mr. Football Player of the Year for California with 2,210 yards rushing and 38 TDs against challenging schedule. Going to UCLA, he also scored 103 career TDs.
QB/RB Aaron Murray (Plant, Tampa FL) 6-1, 195, Jr. -- The state Class 4A Player of the Year set a state record with 51 TD passes while completing 201 of 329 passes for 4,013 yards. He also rushed 98 times for 932 yards and 12 scores.
QB/RB Sean Renfree (Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale AZ) 6-3, 205, Sr. – Had a phenomenal state final with 411 yards passing and five TDs to lead Notre Dame past Cottonwood Mingus in Class 4A-Division II state final. Renfree ended year with 3,341 yards and 41 TDs.
(*denotes junior)
(60 players total; listed alphabetically)
RB--Bryce Brown (East, Wichita KS) 6-0, 215*
WR--Jason Bird (Lake Travis, Austin TX) 5-10, 165
WR--Cody Bruns (Prosser WA) 5-11, 185
RB--Jermie Calhoun (Van TX), 6-0, 210
WR--John Cole (Somerset KY) 6-0, 170
QB--Dayne Crist (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks CA) 6-4, 215
RB--Aundre Dean (Katy TX) 6-1, 200
C--David DeCastro (Bellevue WA) 6-4, 285
QB--Garrett Gilbert (Lake Travis, Austin TX) 6-3, 185*
QB--Mark Ginther (Jenks OK) 6-2, 175
RB--Jonas Gray (Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills MI) 5-10, 220
OL--Khaled Holmes (Mater Dei, Santa Ana CA) 6-5, 305
QB--Jordan Jefferson (Destrehan LA) 6-3, 190
OL--Josh Jenkins (Parkersburg WV) 6-6, 305
WR--Aldarius Johnson (Northwestern, Miami FL) 6-2, 195
OL--Barrett Jones (Evangelical Christian, Cordova TN) 6-5, 275
QB--E.J. Manuel (Bayside, Virginia Beach VA) 6-5, 215
RB--Cory McCaffrey (Sisters OR) 5-10, 185
RB--Sam McGuffie (Dypress-Fairbanks, Cypress TX) 6-0,185
TE--Kavario Middleton (Lakes, Lakewood WA) 6-6, 250
WR--Jameel Owens (Muskogee OK) 6-3, 215
OL--Matt Patchan (Armwood, Seffner FL) 6-7, 265
WR--Devier Posey (La Salle, Cincinnati OH) 6-3, 190
QB--Corey Robinson (Lone Oak, Paducah KY) 6-3, 195
TE--Kyle Rudolph (Elder, Cincinnati OH) 6-7, 235
QB--Nate Scheelhaase (Rockhurst, Kansas City MO) 6-2, 180*
OL--Alameda Ta'amu (Rainier Beach, Seattle WA) 6-3, 345
RB--Alex Thomas (Ansonia CT) 5-9, 180
QB--Darius Thomas (West Charlotte, Charlotte NC) 6-1, 175
QB--James Vandenberg (Keokuk IA) 6-3, 185
QB--Jordan Webb (Union MO) 6-0, 175
LB--Brady Amack (De La Salle, Concord CA) 6-0, 230
DB--Nolan Brewster (Mullen, Denver CO) 6-1, 195
DB--Fred Craig (St. Xavier, Cincinnati OH) 6-2, 210
DL--Curtis Cunningham (Columbine, Littleton CO) 6-2, 270
LB--Shayne Hale (Gateway, Monroeville PA) 6-4, 235
DL/LB--Dravannti Johnson (Nederland TX) 6-2, 235
LB--Lynn Katoa (Cottonwood, Murray UT) 6-2, 230
DL--Solomon Koehler (Castle, Leilehua HI) 6-2, 315
LB--Jon Major (Ponderosa, Parker CO) 6-4, 230
DB--Dan McCarthy (Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown OH) 6-2, 190
DL--Willie Mobley (Eden Prairie MN) 6-2, 260
DB--Rahim Moore (Dorsey, Los Angeles CA) 6-1, 180
LB--Marcus Robinson (Homestead FL) 6-2, 210
LB--Etienne Sabino (Dr. Krop, Miami FL) 6-3, 222
DB--Brandon Smith (New Brunswick NJ) 6-2, 190
DE--Quentine Williams (Central Catholic, Pittsburgh PA) 6-3, 235
RB/KR--Keola Antolin (Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas NV) 5-8, 185
RB/DB/KR--Tavon Austin (Dunbar, Baltimore MD) 5-9, 170*
RB/LB--Louis Bland (Central Catholic, Modesto CA) 5-10, 180
RB/WR/KR--DeAnthony Curtis (Fairview, Camden AR) 5-10, 215
QB/DB/KR--John Goodman (Dwenger, Fort Wayne IN) 6-4, 195
WR/DB/KR--Brandon Green (Robeson, Chicago IL) 6-0, 175
RB/WR--Delano Howell (Hart, Newhall CA) 6-0, 200
WR/DB--Jake Murphy (American Fork UT) 6-4, 220
WR/DB--Gerrell Robinson (Hamilton, Chandler AZ) 6-4, 215
RB/QB--Jordan Roberts (Scott, Madison WV) 5-11, 210
QB/RB--Matt Scott (Centennial, Corona CA) 6-2, 190
RB/WR/DE--D.J. Shoemate (Servite, Anaheim CA) 6-0, 220
RB/QB/KR--Kye Staley (Guthrie OK) 6-0, 215
EA SPORTS National
Junior Player of the Year
Washaun Ealey (Emanuel County Institute, Twin City GA)
Ealey, who is the most prolific prep running back from Georgia since Herschel Walker, also is a first team All-American despite being a junior. He edged out Matt Barkley from Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Calif., and Aaron Murray from Plant of Tampa, Fla., both quarterbacks, for the top junior designation. Both of those players were record-setting as well, but Ealey was the only one of the three who led his team to a state title.
EA SPORTS National
Sophomore Player of the Year
Michael Dyer (Little Rock Christian, Little Rock AR)
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back led Arkansas in rushing yards with a state sophomore record 2,710 on 279 carries for the state Class 5A runnersup. The state Sophomore of the Year was the only sophomore honored on the all-class, all-state first team. He also caught 22 passes for 183 yards and three TDs. In the state semifinals, he rushed for 389 yards vs. Vilonia. As a freshman, he rushed for 901 yards and is on pace to break the state career record of 7,122 yards. He is already said to be the best running back prospect from Arkansas since Darren McFadden.
2007 – Jacory Harris (Northwestern, Miami FL) QB
2006 – Darren Evans (Warren Central, Indianapolis IN) FB
2005 – Matt Stafford (Highland Park, Dallas TX) QB
2004 – Chase Daniel (Carroll, Southlake TX) QB
2003 – Jeff Byers (Loveland CO) OL-DL
2002 – Chris Leak (Independence, Charlotte NC) QB
2001 – Vince Young (Madison, Houston TX) QB
2000 – Cedric Benson (Robert E. Lee, Midland TX) RB
1999 – D.J. Williams (De La Salle, Concord CA) RB-LB
1998 – J.R. House (Nitro WV) QB
1997 – Ronald Curry (Hampton VA) QB-RB
1996 – Travis Henry (Frostproof FL) RB
1995 – Tim Couch (Leslie County, Hyden KY) QB
1994 – Chris Redman (Male, Louisville KY) QB
1993 – Peyton Manning (Newman, New Orleans LA) QB
1992 – James Allen (Wynnewood OK) RB
1991 – Steven Davis (Spartanburg SC) RB
1990 – Derrick Brooks (Washington, Pensacola FL) LB
1989 – Robert Smith (Euclid OH) RB
1988 – Terry Kirby (Tabb VA) RB
1987 – Carl Pickens (Murphy NC) WR
1986 – Emmitt Smith (Escambia, Pensacola FL) RB
1985 – Jeff George (Warren Central, Indianapolis IN) QB
1984 – Andre Rison (Northwestern, Flint MI) WR-DB
1983 – Chris Spielman (Washington, Massillon OH) LB
1982 – Rod Woodson (Snider, Fort Wayne IN) WR-DB
1981 – Marcus Dupree (Philadelphia MS) RB
1980 – Bill Fralic (Penn Hills, Pittsburgh PA) OL
1979 – Herschel Walker (Johnson County, Wrightsville GA) RB
1978 – Eric Dickerson (Sealy TX) RB
1977 – Marcus Allen (Lincoln, San Diego CA) QB-RB
1976 – Freeman McNeil (Banning, Wilmington CA) RB
1975 – Charles White (San Fernando CA) RB
1974 – Billy Sims (Hooks TX) RB
1973 – Earl Campbell (John Tyler, Tyler TX) RB
1972 – Tony Dorsett (Hopewell PA) RB
1971 – Dave Logan (Wheat Ridge CO) WR
1970 – Pat Haden (Bishop Amat, La Puente CA) QB
2007 – Mike Grant (Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie MN)
2006 – J.T. Curtis (John Curtis Christian, River Ridge LA)
2005 – Ricky Woods (South Panola, Batesville MS)
2004 – Gary Rankin (Riverdale, Murfreesboro TN)
2003 – Tom Knotts (Independence, Charlotte NC)
2002 – Gene Wier (North, Olathe KS)
2001 – Dave Carruthers (Urbana, Ijamsville MD)
2000 – John Herrington (Harrison, Farmington Hills MI)
1999 – Roger DuPaix (Skyline, Salt Lake City UT)
1998 – Mike Pettine (Central Bucks West, Doylestown PA)
1997 – Chris Geesman (Penn, Mishawaka IN)
1996 – Bob Ladouceur (De La Salle, Concord CA)
1995 – Chuck Kyle (St. Ignatius, Cleveland OH)
1994 – Bruce Rollinson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana CA)
1993 – Pete Adkins (Jefferson City MO)
1992 – George Curry (Berwick PA)
1991 – Dick Dullaghan (Ben Davis, Indianapolis IN)
1990 – Billy Gillum (Ruston LA)
1989 – Cal Lee (St. Louis, Honolulu HI)
1988 – Harold Clark (Vigor, Prichard AL)
1987 – Lou Rettino (Union NJ)
1986 – Nick Hyder (Valdosta GA)
1985 – Charlie Wedemeyer (Los Gatos CA)
1984 – John McKissisk (Summerville SC)
1983 – Bob Shannon (East St. Louis IL)
1982 – Fred Tesone (Cherry Creek, Englewood CO)
1981 – Marijon Ancich (St. Paul, Santa Fe Springs CA)
1980 – Gerry Faust (Moeller, Cincinnati OH)
1979 – Ron Lancaster (Cordova, Rancho Cordova CA)
1978 – Gordon Wood (Brownswood TX)
1977 – Chris Ferragamo (Banning, Wilmington CA)
1976 – Calvin Chai (Kamehameha, Honolulu HI)
1975 – Sid Cichy (Shanley, Fargo ND)
1974 – Dick Haines (Vista CA)
1973 – E.B. Etter (Baylor, Chattanooga TN)
1972 – Gary Kehler (Westfield NJ)
1971 – Herman Boone (T.C. Williams, Alexandria VA)
1970 – Travis Raven (Reagan, Austin TX)
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