Here's a glance at several early-season standouts getting on the radar for MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors:Gehrig Dieter, WR, Washington (South Bend, Ind.):
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior's numbers through three games are attention-grabbing, to say the least. He broke a national record over the weekend with 437 receiving yards on 12 receptions with four touchdowns. And it's not all that surprising given his production over the first two games. He enters Friday's contest against Adams of South Bend with 31 catches for 1,158 yards and 12 TDs.
Johnathan Gray, RB, Aledo (Texas):
After a season-opening loss, Gray helped Aledo get back on track with 336 yards and five touchdowns in a 50-7 win over Weatherford. The Texas Longhorn verbal commitment has already rushed for 559 yards and nine touchdowns in just two games.Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.):
The nation's No. 1 recruit put up big numbers for the second-straight week despite a 37-20 loss to Rogers Heritage (Ark.). The 6-foot-6, 220-pound pass-catcher collected seven receptions for 142 yards and two scores. He has 25 receptions for 426 yards and five TDs in two games this season.Robert Nkemdiche, RB/DE, Grayson (Loganville, Ga.):
Did not play last week. Nkemdiche's Rams are ranked No. 21 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.Jordan Walker, RB, Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.):
Walker helped Rockhurst prevail in a big game against Kansas power Hutchinson, tallying 150 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, including a key 57-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter. Unofficially, the senior back has piled up 550 yards and five rushing TDs in two games.Travis Wright, QB, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.):
Did not play last week. Wright has completed 28 of 35 pass attempts for 534 yards and eight touchdown passes in a pair of lopsided wins.