With more than 7.5-million participants and 25,000 high schools to choose from, MaxPreps.com has awarded these three winners. Congratulations to this year's award recipients.
National Male Athlete of the Year
School: Skyline HS, Washington
Jersey: Football: #3 / Basketball: #25
Sports: Football, Basketball, Track & Field
Football – wide receiver
Basketball – forward
Track & Field – jumps
As if earning first-team All-American honors as a wide receiver wasn’t enough, the Washington-bound standout led his basketball team in scoring, rebounding and 3-point shooting. Then to top things off, he was one of the nation’s top track & field athletes, winning three state titles including a state record in the triple jump.
With every defense keyed to try to stop him, Williams hauled in 86 passes for 1,579 yards and 21 touchdowns for the 12-2 Spartans. It finished off a remarkable four-year career that featured 242 catches for 4,076 yards and 56 TDs. After averaging 12.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in basketball, Williams set a state mark with a triple jump of 50 feet, 9¼ inches and also won state titles in the long jump (24-5¼) and high jump (6-10). His bests ranked third, sixth and tied for 19th in the country this outdoor season.
National Male Athlete of the Year Nominees
Jacoby Brissett - Dwyer HS, FL
This came on the heels of a 4,756-total-yard, 66-touchdown junior campaign, meaning Graves accounted for a staggering 9,452 yards and 128 touchdowns over two seasons against many of Northern California's top competition.
Led Dwyer to semifinals in football, state championship in basketball as teams combined to go 45-4.
George Farmer - Serra HS, CA
The 6-2, 210-pound senior was one of the most dominating two-sport athletes in the country, excelling on both sides of the ball in football in the fall and sprinting past opponents on the track in the spring.
Farmer was a first-team All-American defensive back and had 65 catches for 1,514 yards and 15 touchdowns. One of the nation's top sprinters, he won the 100-meter dash at prestigious Arcadia Invitational.
Dano Graves - Folsom HS, CA
The undersized 5-9, 185-pound senior quarterback overachieved all season leading Folsom to a 14-1 record, its first state championship and a No. 7 national ranking. Beyond his gaudy numbers, Graves led by his toughness and selflessness. He kept Folsom focused following a lopsided loss to Grant (Sacramento) to open the season.
Graves earned the MaxPreps Player of the Year honor by accounting for a state-record 85 touchdowns - 62 passing and 23 rushing - while throwing for 3,702 yards and rushing for 994. He was spectacular in the postseason, accounting for 12 touchdowns in his final two games - victories over nationally-ranked Grant and Serra (Gardena).
Dorial Green-Beckham - Hillcrest HS, MO
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Green-Beckham is a versatile, three-sport star who captured MaxPreps' National Athlete of the Year award as a sophomore.
Green-Beckham caught 78 passes for 1,706 yards and 15 touchdowns. He scored 21 points on the hardwood in the Hornets' season-ending loss to St. Francis Borgia.
Bubba Starling - Gardner-Edgerton HS, KS
He completed 236 of 363 passes for 3,702 yards and 62 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. Impressive numbers on their own. But the ever-elusive, athletic and determined standout was just as impressive as a runner, rushing for 994 yards and 23 TDs.
As a running QB, Starling gained 2,417 yards on 172 carries with 31 touchdowns last season. Starling averaged 18.2 points in basketball and earned all-state honors for the second straight season. In baseball, he has 17 home runs over the past two seasons.
Cody Kessler - Centennial HS, CA
Cody Kessler is a two sport star at Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California. He has signed at USC to play football.
He passed for 36 touchdowns and rushed for an additional eight. Kessler also averaged 29.5 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists for Centennial's basketball team.