Video: Preseason All-Americans Presented by DonJoy // Small Schools - Offense
Here are 16 of the nation’s top recruits, who also happen to be extremely productive for some of the nation’s best teams at small schools. They make up the MaxPreps Preseason Offensive Small Schools All-Americans presented by DonJoy.
Of the 16 honorees, a whopping 11 have thus far committed to colleges. Interestingly, all 11 pledges have committed to different schools. All of them are seniors, though that was not part of the selection criteria.
States represented from this group: Florida (4), California (3), Alabama (2), North Carolina (2) and Texas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Minnesota and Tennessee, all with one.
Preseason All-Americans - Small Schools Offense
WR - Sage Surratt, 6-3, 195, Lincolnton (N.C.)
The decorated star was runner-up for MaxPreps 2016 Male High School Athlete of the Year. Surratt posted an eye-popping 1,772 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns last season in leading East Lincoln to the North Carolina Class 2AA state semifinals. He transferred to rival Lincolnton this offseason and is primed to do damage. Surratt appears to be headed to UNC according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball.WR - D.J. Matthews, 5-11, 160, Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.)
The nation's No. 8 receiver is an explosive game-breaker and one of the premier playmakers in high school football. Matthews scored 21 percent of the time he caught the ball last season in helping the Conquerors capture their third-consecutive Florida Class 3A state title. The FSU commit will pace the nation's No. 18 team.WR - D.D. Bowie, 6-1, 170, Morton (Miss.)
Bowie is a dynamic and productive playmaker. The Ole Miss commit totaled 729 rushing yards, 704 receiving yards and 26 total touchdowns last season. The nation's 12th-rated wide receiver also averaged 34 yards per catch and scored 48 percent of the time he caught a reception.
TE - Austin Allen, 6-8, 210, Aurora (Neb.)
The towering target is a matchup nightmare. Allen posted 507 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on offense last season. He also proved his versatility by recording 38 tackles and five interceptions on defense. The Nebraska commit is the nation's 36th-rated tight end.OL - Calvin Ashley, 6-6, 310, The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.)
Good luck getting past Ashley. The Dr. Phillips transfer and Auburn commit is an absolute monster. He's the third-rated tackle in the nation.OL - Khalil Keith, 6-5, 280, Winterboro (Alpine, Ala.)
Keith is a nasty finisher and effortlessly flattens opposing linemen. The three-star uncommitted tackle holds four college offers. OL - Blaise Andries, 6-5, 299, Marshall (Minn.)
The nation's 35th-ranked tackle and Minnesota commit is very agile despite his massive frame. OL - Dillan Gibbons, 6-5, 295, Clearwater Central Catholic (Fla.)
Gibbons is a physically imposing specimen. If the Notre Dame commit gets his hands on you, it's over. The Northside Christian transfer should make CCC a Florida Class 3A state title contender. He's ranked the 42nd-best tackle in the nation.OL - Kanan Ray, 6-4, 260, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
The tough and athletic finisher was a key reason why the Trailblazers averaged 473 total yards of offense a game last season. Ray is the nation's No. 18 guard and committed to UCLA.QB - Braxton Burmeister, 6-0, 196, La Jolla Country Day (Calif.)
The dynamic dual-threat quarterback is deadly out of the pocket, but his terrific touch is just as lethal in it. Burmeister notched 2,771 passing yards, 868 rushing yards and 51 total touchdowns last season. The Arizona commit is the nation's No. 10 dual-threat quarterback.QB - Jacob Free, 6-5, 200, Brantley (Ala.)
Free can let it fly with the best of them. The Vanderbilt commit possesses a cannon and threw for a respectable 2,700 yards and 35 touchdowns last season. Free is rated the 33rd-best pro-style quarterback in the nation.RB - Cordarrian Richardson, 5-11, 220, Trezevant (Memphis, Tenn.)
Richardson is a punishing ballcarrier and a true power back. The Clemson commit rushed for 2,390 yards and 22 total touchdowns last season in leading the Bears to a Tennessee Division 1 Class 2A state crown. He's tabbed as the nation's 4th-best running back.
RB - Jullen Ison, 5-7, 176, Moreau Catholic (Hayward, Calif.)
Ison is lightning in a bottle. The electric running back lit up defenses for 3,044 rushing yards, 3,432 total yards, and 45 total touchdowns last season. He also averaged a mind-boggling 234 rushing yards a game and posted 70 tackles on defense. Ison holds no offers to his name but expect that to change soon.
RB - Devan Barrett, 6-1, 190, Tampa Catholic (Fla.)
Barrett is one of the nation's truly complete backs. He has the rare combination of size, speed, and power. He racked up 1,891 rushing yards, 2,109 total yards and 23 total touchdowns last season. The nation's 17th-rated running back holds 41 college offers but Auburn seems to be the front-runner for the prized recruit.
K - Brayan Diaz, 5-8, 195, Monroe (N.C.)
Diaz made the MaxPreps Junior All-American Team last season and was a big-time weapon for North Carolina Class 2AA state champion Monroe. Diaz, uncommitted, converted 88 of 91 point-after attempts for a total of 130 points. AP - Roshauud Paul, 6-0, 170, Bremond (Texas)
Paul is one of the most elusive players in the country and put up video game numbers last season. He compiled 2,248 passing yards, 2,008 rushing yards and 64 total touchdowns in carrying the Tigers to a Texas Class 2A Division 2 state championship. The Texas A&M commit also logged 58 tackles and five interceptions on defense.