Dylan Moses entered high school with considerable hype. The 6-foot-1 linebacker/running back did not disappoint.
Moses helped lead University Lab to a Louisiana state title game and Class 3A first team all-state honors after registering 158.5 tackles and six forced fumbles in addition to spelling Nick Brossette at running back.
And for that, Moses is the 2013 MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year.
Liberty County defensive back Richard Lecounte and Graham-Kapowsin lineman Foster Sarell were also close contenders for the award.
MaxPreps 2013 Football Freshman All-American TeamsFirst Team Offense
WR - Jeff Thomas, 5-11, 170, East St. Louis (Ill.)
Thomas nearly hit the 1,000-yard mark playing for one of the state's top teams.WR - De'Andre Swift, 5-7, 176, St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia)
Swift was perhaps Pennsylvania's most impressive freshman. He made big plays against some of the state's stiffest competition.WR - Octavious Evans, 6-2, 175, Center (Texas)
One of the top freshmen in the Lone Star State, Evans made 67 grabs for 834 yards and seven scores.
TE - Ben Moos, 6-3, 200, Pullman (Wash.)
Moos, who also plays linebacker, averaged more than 18 yards per catch.OL - Wes Harris, 6-3, 290, Aledo (Texas)
Harris saw plenty of time for the highest-scoring offense of all-time in high school football.OL - Calvin Ashley, 6-6, 240, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)
Ashley is very advanced for his age and was a key cog on Dr. Phillips' offensive line this fall.OL - Foster Sarell, 6-6, 300, Graham-Kapowsin (Graham, Wash.)
Sarell is a manchild. He received offers from Washington and Eastern Washington just weeks into his freshman season.OL - Emani Mason, 6-4, 280, East English Village Prep (Detroit)
Mason emerged as one of the top freshmen in Michigan and has the makings of a top recruit.OL - Zach Leonard, 6-6, 300, Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.)
A monster of a young man, Leonard performed well on one of Florida's top teams.QB - Danny Clark, 6-3, 200, Washington (Massillon, Ohio)
Clark threw for nearly 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns as Massillon enjoyed a 9-3 season.
QB - Connor Curry, 6-0, 180, Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.)
Playing on one of Louisiana's top private school programs, Curry compiled more than 2,000 passing yards.RB - Bruce Jordan-Swilling, 6-2, 215, Brother Martin (New Orleans)
The son of Pat Swilling, Jordan-Swilling was a load to bring down this season going up against some of the best competition in Louisiana.RB - Maleik Gray, 6-1, 190, LaVergne (Tenn.)
One of the first 2017 recruits to get an offer, Gray earned all-district honors as a ninth grader.RB - Todd Sibley, 5-10, 188, Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio)
Sibley ran with uncanny power as a freshman, but also showed breakaway speed.ATH - Bruce Judson, 5-11, 175, Cocoa (Fla.)
Judson lined up behind center for the Florida small-school power and recorded more than 1,000 yards passing and rushing.First Team DefenseDL - Robert Holmes, 6-5, 330, Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Holmes is a massive youngster who already has the size of an elite zero-technique lineman.DL - Camaron Spence, 6-3, 270, Gilman (Baltimore)
Spence played defensive end, but his future could be on the offensive side of the ball, as he also played tackle for the Maryland power.
DL - Marcus Hawkins, 6-3, 260, Freedom (Morganton, N.C.)
One of the more productive freshman defensive linemen, Hawkins was responsible for 62 tackles and six sacks.DL - A.J. Epenesa, 6-5, 230, Edwardsville (Ill.)
An injury ended his season early, but Epenesa was borderline dominant when healthy.LB - Dylan Moses, 6-1, 205, University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.)
Ballyhooed freshman lived up to the hype, helping to lead University Lab to the state title game.LB - Dante Sparaco, 6-3, 205, Glenwood Springs (Colo.)
A midseason call-up, Sparaco immediately proved he belonged. He may start at quarterback next fall.LB - Delvin Jordan, 6-1, 205, Page (Sand Springs, Okla.)
Jordan also lined up at defensive end and was a very impressive pass rusher.LB - Anthony Hines III, 6-2, 205, Episcopal School of Dallas
Hines was No. 2 in the nation in sacks for a freshman, bringing down the quarterback nine times.
LB - Giovannia Moore, 6-2, 235, Carver (Columbus, Ga.)
The physically gifted Moore looks like the next big recruit from the Georgia talent mecca.DB - Darnay Holmes, 5-10, 175, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)
On one of the area's top teams, Holmes contributed greatly at cornerback, highlight by an interception return for a touchdown.DB - Richard Lecounte, 6-0, 160, Liberty County (Hinesville, Ga.)
Lecounte was perhaps Liberty County's best defensive player on a squad that featured Class of 2014 blue chip linebacker Raekwon McMillan.DB - R. J. Potts, 6-0, 160, Fishers (Ind.)
A hard-hitting safety, Potts intercepted two passes in addition to making 47 tackles. DB - Jamyest Williams, 5-8, 160, Duluth (Ga.)
Also a talented receiver, Williams recorded 32 tackles and grabbed two interceptions playing cornerback.