Record-breaking quarterbacks and highly productive wide receivers highlight the 2010 U.S. Air Force Medium Schools All-American Team.
Among the quarterbacks listed on this year's team, which was selected by the MaxPreps writing staff, were a three-time state MVP, a record-setting passer from Florida and a mercurial athlete who simply refused to let his team lose to some of the top teams in the country.
Kiehl Frazier of Shiloh Christian led his team to the state championship in Arkansas and was named the state MVP for the third straight season. Meanwhile Quentin Williams of Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.) set a state record for touchdown passes in a season with 56 while leading his team to a state title.
Then there is Dano Graves of Folsom (Calif.), who accounted for an incredible 85 touchdowns on the season - a state record - while leading the Bulldogs to wins over previously unbeaten, and highly ranked, Grant (Sacramento) and Serra (Gardena) in winning the California Division II state bowl game.
The three quarterbacks are among the candidates for the Medium Schools Player of the Year honor, which will be announced on Wednesday.
Meanwhile the group of receivers on the two teams includes six players who averaged 81 receptions, 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns.
The rest of the Medium Schools All-American Team includes a number of players who also made the MaxPreps All-American team. They include Sammy Watkins of South Fort Myers, Dorial Green-Beckham of Hillcrest, Ben Koyack of Oil City, Matt Hegarty of Aztec, Zach Banner of Lakes, Reese Dismukes of Spanish Fort, Rushel Shell of Hopewell, Derrick Alexander of Washington, Villiami Moala of Grant, Anthony Johnson of O. Perry Walker, Nate Fakahafua of Highland, Lamar Dawson of Boyle County, Stephone Anthony of Anson, Lawrence Thomas of Renaissance, Doran Grant of St. Vincent-St. Mary, George Farmer of Serra, DaVaris Daniels of Vernon Hills, Williams, Frazier and Graves. Their performance at the medium school level warranted them being chosen to the overall All-American Team as well.
Medium School All-Americans are chosen from teams that play amongst the school divisions in each state that have an approximately 1,000 to 2,000 student enrollment. Some schools may have a bit more than 2,000 or under 1,000 depending on the structure of the state enrollment division. A complete list of the enrollment divisions can be found below.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Sammy Watkins, WR, 6-2, 194, South Fort Myers (Fla.), Senior, Clemson
The speedy Watkins was the News-Press player of the year after catching 54 passes for 1,268 yards and 14 scores. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, 6-6, 220, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.), Junior, Undecided
Green-Beckham could go down as one of the top high school receivers ever. With his 78 catches for 1,706 yards and 17 touchdowns this year, he now holds Missouri career records for most receiving yards (4,154) and touchdowns (51).Jaxon Shipley, WR, 6-2, 190, Brownwood (Texas), Senior, Texas
The Texas 3A State Player of the Year by the Texas Coaches Association, Shipley led Brownwood to a 14-1 record and to the 3A state semifinals. He caught 86 passes for 1,656 yards and 27 touchdowns.Ben Koyack, TE, 6-5, 240, Oil City (Pa.), Senior, Notre Dame
An AAA all-state pick in the Keystone State, Koyack snagged 62 passes for 1,031 yards, finding the end zone 11 times.Matt Hegarty, OL, 6-5, 285, Aztec (N.M.), Senior, Notre Dame
Hegarty, who is South Bend-bound, is New Mexico's top recruit and earned all-state honors as a senior.Zach Banner, OL, 6-9, 310, Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.), Junior, Undecided
Banner is one of the nation's top juniors and earned 3A all-state recognition.Reese Dismukes, OL, 6-5, 292, Spanish Fort (Ala.), Senior, Auburn
An ASWA Super 12 selection and 5A's lineman on the year, Dismukes was a dominant force for Spanish Fort in the trenches.Conor Hanratty, OL, 6-5, 310, New Canaan (Conn.), Senior, Notre Dame
Son of former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Hanratty, Conor is a two-time all-state selection at New Canaan and helped open up holes for an offense that gained more than 5,000 yards during the season. He will follow in his father's footsteps and play at Notre Dame.Watts Dantzler, OL, 6-7, 310, Dalton (Ga.), Senior, Georgia
The top line recruit in the Peach State, Dantzler is a 3A all-state choice by the coaches and sportswriters and will stay home to play for the Bulldogs. He had 58 pancake blocks on the season.Quentin Williams, QB, 6-1, 190, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.), Senior, Bethune-Cookman
Florida's Mr. Football, Williams completed 214 of 326 passes for 4,451 yards and 56 touchdowns in leading Jefferson to a 3A state title. Williams used his legs to rush for an additional 10 touchdowns. Kiehl Frazier, QB, 6-3, 210, Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.), Senior, Auburn
One of the nation's top dual-threat players, Frazier was 153 of 243 passing for 2,975 yards and 42 touchdowns. Using his legs, he rushed 164 times for 1,164 yards and 22 touchdowns. Named the State Player of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Rushel Shell, RB, 5-11, 215, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.), Junior, Undecided
Shell gained 2,510 yards on 323 carries this season, scoring 32 times. He has 29 consecutive 100-yard games. The WPIAL Player of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Terrell Watson, RB, 6-2, 215, Oxnard (Calif.), Senior, Undecided
The leading rusher in the state of California, Watson was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in Ventura County. He ran for 2,905 yards on 369 carries with 37 touchdowns. Watson also had 100 tackles on defense.Shaun Warren, RB, 5-7, 175, Carson (China Grove, N.C.), Senior, Undecided
Named the State Player of the Year by NC Preps, Warren ran for 2,967 yards, the second highest total in state history. He scored 31 touchdowns and rushed for more than 200 yards 10 times. He finished his career with 6,023 yards rushing in three seasons.Dano Graves, ATH, 5-9, 185, Folsom (Calif.), Senior, Undecided
Graves was the driving force behind Folsom's CIF Bowl-winning season. He completed 236 of 366 passes for 3,702 yards and 62 touchdowns, while rushing 165 times for 994 yards and another 23 scores. He was named the Sacramento Bee's Metro Player of the Year.Antonio Escobedo, K, 5-6, 150, East Central (Tulsa, Okla.), Senior, Undecided
The kicker of the year in Oklahoma, Escobedo connected on 15 field goals, including a long of 45. He also was true on 55 extra point attempts for the season.