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Though he started for only his senior year, he was named first-team All-State quarterback.

He led his team to the Class 4A state football championship.

His numbers were outstanding: he passed for 2,769 yards and 32 touchdowns while running for 1,144 yards and another 22 touchdowns.

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Donovan McCoy, Highlands

But Donovan McCoy won't be playing college football this coming fall. Instead he'll be putting all of his energy into academic endeavors.

McCoy, who has a 4.4 GPA at Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.) and scored a 34 on the ACT, told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Up to the end of the season, I thought I was wanting to play and looking for a place to play but I have reached a point where I have gotten what I need out of football. I've played for 12 years and I'm 18 years old and my body has been to hell and back. I still love the game of football ... but as a player it's just something I'm ready to move on from."

Veteran Highlands coach Dale Mueller told MaxPreps that McCoy is one of the top five quarterbacks he has coached  - and as productive as any - at the tradition-rich school. He said that at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, McCoy probably is a little undersized to be a Division I quarterback. However, he is very athletic and he believes that lower-division schools would have been a good fit and he also could have walked on at some Division I colleges and made it, perhaps as a defensive back.

Mueller said that Dayton and some Ivy League schools were very interested in his latest star. Still, he applauds McCoy for making a very mature decision as he looks toward majoring in bioengineering, perhaps at the University of Louisville.