Video: 2016 MaxPreps Junior All-Americans
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The big frame. The long locks. The rifle right arm. The good looks. By all appearances, Trevor Lawrence has it all.
The Cartersville quarterback was selected the MaxPreps 2016 Junior Player of the Year not just for his looks, but also for his production.
The 6-foot-5, 197-pounder led the Hurricanes to a 15-0 record and second straight 4A Georgia state title by completing 250-of-406 passes for 3,904 yards and 51 touchdowns.
He was voted the Player of the Year in the star-studded state of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
, which says Lawrence is 2,477 yards and 40 TDs from breaking the state record of 13,077 and 159 held by none other than Deshaun Watson, of Gainesville.
Lawrence, 42-2 as a starter and winner of 30 straight games, is following Watson to Clemson.
An opposing coach, Brian Nelson of Mary Persons, told the AJC about a specific play that sold him on the talented quarterback.
"We flush him to his right; he got all the way to their sideline, reversed field, made a couple of really good football players miss, came all the way back to his left and threw a 30-yard strike in the back of the end zone for a TD," Nelson said. "I just kind of shook my head and told our coaches upstairs, 'Not much we can do about that.'
"Yes, he is as good as advertised."
Lawrence leads 60 juniors on the All-American list.
MaxPreps 2016 Football Junior All-American TeamFirst Team Offense
QB – Trevor Lawrence, 6-5, 197, Cartersville (Ga.)
The No. 1 junior recruit in the country backed up his ranking by throwing for 3,904 yards and 51 touchdowns as the Hurricanes (15-0) won their second straight Georgia 4A title. He's committed to Clemson. QB — Alex Huston, 6-1, 185, Glendale (Springfield, Mo.)
The potent gunslinger racked up the most passing yards in the nation (6,131) and an astounding 81 total touchdowns in guiding Glendale to the Missouri Class 5A state quarterfinals.RB — Zamir White, 6-1, 210, 195, Scotland (Laurinburg, N.C.)
In 11 games, White rushed 175 times for 1,693 yards and 26 touchdowns for the 14-1 Fighting Scots, who lost in the state 4A semifinals. White is ranked the No. 1 junior running back in the country by 247Sports. RB — La'Damian Webb, 5-8, 180, Beauregard (Opelika, Ala.)
Webb carried the ball 311 times for 3,235 yards (10.4 yards per carry) and 42 touchdowns for the 13-1 Hornets, who won their first state 5A title. In the title game, a 33-13 win over Wenonah, Webb rushed 51 times for 352 yards and four TDs. RB — Daniel Bangura, 5-10, 170, Harvest Prep (Canal Winchester, Ohio)
Bangura broke virtually every Ohio record with 4,128 rushing yards on 372 carries and 54 touchdowns as the Warriors finished 10-4, losing in the state VII semifinals. He rushed for more than 300 yards seven times, including a season high of 451 and four TDs in a 44-21 win over Danville. WR — Amon-Ra St. Brown, 6-1, 187, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Ranked the No. 3 junior receiver in the country by 247Sports, St. Brown caught 60 passes for 1,229 yards and 21 touchdowns for the country's No. 8 Monarchs. He also averaged 30.5 yards per 11 kickoff returns. WR — Drake Stoops, 5-11, 175, Norman North (Norman, Okla.)
Son of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, the standout 86 catches for 1,536 yards and 20 touchdowns for the 12-1 Timberwolves. He broke 100-yards receiving seven times during the season with highs of 11 catches, 201 yards and three scores. TE — Brevin Jordan, 6-2, 200, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Rated the No. 2 junior tight end in the country by 247Sports, Jordan had 27 catches for 501 yards and nine touchdowns for the consensus national champions. OL — Jackson Carman, 6-6, 300, Fairfield (Ohio)
Rated the No. 1 junior tackle in the country, Carman led the Indians to a 7-4 record. Carman already has 35 college offers. OL — Jamaree Salyer, 6-4, 308, Pace Academy (Atlanta)
Rated the No. 1 guard in the country, Salyer led the Knights (6-5) to more than 300 yards per game, including 166 yards on the ground. OL — Brey Walker, 6-7, 317, Southmoore (Moore, Okla.)
The 11th-ranked junior recruit overall has already committed to Oklahoma. He led a SaberCats offense that averaged 423 yards per game, including 170 on the ground and 253 via the air. Southmoore finished 6-5. OL — Cade Mays, 6-6, 311, Knoxville Catholic (Knoxville, Tenn.)
The nation's No. 3 rated tackle and top Tennessee recruit, led a 10-2 team that average more than 350 yards per game including 236.7 via the air. Mays has 11 offers but has committed to Tennessee. OL — Curtis Dunlap, 6-5, 350, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Ranked the 10th best junior guard in the country, Dunlap led the nation's third-ranked team to an 11-0 record and 388 yards per game almost evenly divided between the run (188) and pass (200). AP — Derion Kendrick, 6-1, 185, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)
The nation's No. 20 team (15-1) needed all of Kendrick's vast skills. Ranked the No. 10 junior receiver in the country, Kendrick played quarterback and had 2,265 yards passing and 24 touchdowns during the 10-game regular season. He also rushed for 457 yards and one score and also added an interception on defense.AP — Erik Ezukanma, 6-3, 180, Timber Creek (Fort Worth, Texas)
One of the nation's most productive receivers, Ezukanma had 88 catches for 1,494 yards and 20 touchdowns for the 7-5 Falcons. He also rushed 29 times for 358 yards (12.3 per carry) and three more scores. K — Barret Pickering, 6-0, 175, Hoover (Ala.)
Made a school-record 19 field goals, including a 42-yarder in a 17-7 win over previously unbeaten and nationally-ranked McGill-Toolen in the state 7A title game. It was the 12th state title for Hoover (12-2) which finished No. 23 in the country. First Team Defense
DL — Micah Parsons, 6-4, 235, Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, Pa.)
The nation's No. 5 junior recruit overall and No. 2 defensive end led his team to a 10-2 record. The Penn State commit had 22 tackles in six games and two sacks. DL — Taron Vincent, 6-2, 285, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
The country's No. 1 defensive tackle is an imposing presence. Vincent proved his worth by engineering 92 tackles, eight quarterback hurries and five sacks for the No. 3 Ascenders' stout defense.DL — Xavier Thomas, 6-3, 255, Wilson (Florence, S.C.)
The No. 2 junior recruit in the country and top defensive end plans on enrolling at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. this month. He's got 28 college offers. He had 131 tackles and seven sacks at Wilson, which lost in the first round of the payoffs. DL — Eyabi Anoma, 6-5, 230, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.)
The nation's fourth-rated junior defensive end led St. Frances to a 10-2 record in 2016. With Anoma drawing at least double teams, the Panthers recorded a pair of shutouts. LB — Palaie Gaoteote, 6-2, 220, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
The nation's top-rated junior linebacker and No. 15 recruit overall was the leading tackler for the consensus national champion Gaels (15-0). Gaoteote averaged 6.8 tackles per game. LB — Teradja Mitchell, 6-3, 232, Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Ranked the No. 27 recruit overall for his class, Mitchell had 64 tackles and two interceptions in 10 games. LB — Dax Hollifield, 6-2, 225, Shelby (N.C.)
North Carolina's No. 4 junior recruit overall led the Golden Lions to a 16-0 record and state 2AA title. Shelby allowed 148 points all season and Hollifield had a team best 146 tackles, 18 sacks and one interception. LB — Solomon Tuliaupupu, 6-3, 230, Claremont (Calif.)
The nation's No. 3 outside linebacker prospect, Tuliaupupu had 126 tackles, 18 for losses, for the 3-7 Wolf Pack.DB — Patrick Surtain II, 6-3, 190, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Ranked the top cornerback in the country, teams rarely threw to Surtain's side of the ball for the 14-0 squad. Surtain was in on 20 tackles and two interceptions. American Heritage finished No. 10 in the country. Surtain has 33 collegiate offers. DB — Asante Samuel, 5-11, 175, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Another South Florida standout with a famous NFL father, Samuel led the Raiders to a 13-2 record and No. 6 final national ranking. Similar to Surtain, teams rarely ran or threw to Samuel's side. He finished with 26 tackles and two interceptions. DB — Caden Sterns, 6-2, 187, Steele (Cibolo, Texas)
The LSU commit and fourth-ranked junior safety in the country led Steele to a 14-2 record and 6A-2 finals appearance by recording 73 tackles and four interceptions.DB — Kelvin Joseph, 6-1, 190, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.)
Another LSU commit, Joseph led Scotlandville to a 13-1 record and spot in the Division I playoff finals. He had 67 tackles, three interceptions and 22 pass breakups. AP — Olaijah Griffin, 6-0, 178, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
One of the nation's top ranked junior cornerbacks, Griffin led Mission Viejo to an 11-1 record by hauling in 39 passes for 759 yards and 11 touchdowns, and racking up 35 tackles and two interceptions. P — Preston Pitt, 6-0, 165, Viewmont (Bountiful, Utah)
A three-sport standout, Pitt averaged 45.5 yards per his 40 punts with a long of 74 yards. Eight times he pinned times inside the 20.Second Team Offense
QB — Tanner McKee, 6-6, 220, Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
In his first season leading one of the nation's most prolific offenses, McKee was spot on, completing 73 percent of his passes for 3,522 yards and 36 touchdowns for the country's No. 8 team (11-2). QB — Cole Yankoff, 6-4, 205, Coeur d'Alene (Idaho)
The dynamic dual-threat quarterback posted 3,129 passing yards, 968 rushing yards and 53 total TDs.RB — Draycen Hall, 5-8, 165, Higley (Gilbert, Ariz.)
The three-sport athlete racked up 2,298 rushing yards, 641 receiving yards and 40 total TDs in driving Higley to the Arizona Conference 4A state semifinals.RB — Dusty Frampton, 5-11, 214, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)
Frampton piled up 2,345 rushing yards and 44 total TDs for the state runner-up Rams.RB — TJ Pledger, 5-9, 175, Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
Pledger ran for 1,881 yards and 32 touchdowns for Chaminade. He averaged 156.8 yards per game and churned out 8.1 yards per carry.WR — Jalen Hall, 6-4, 192, Hawkins (Los Angeles)
The nation's top-rated receiver caught 50 passes for 1,164 yards and 11 scores in charging Hawkins to a 13-win season. He also recorded two interceptions and two pass deflections on defense.WR — Terrace Marshall, 6-4, 190, Parkway (Bossier City, La.)
The country's second-best receiver hauled in 55 receptions for 1,250 yards and 15 TDs in spearheading Parkway to the Louisiana Class 5A state quarterfinals. TE — Mustapha Muhammad, 6-5, 235, Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas)
Muhammad registered 31 catches for 438 yards and four TDs this season. The nation's fourth-rated tight end and two-sport athlete led Ridge Point to the second round of the playoffs in one of the toughest brackets in America.OL — Barton Clement, 6-2, 304, Fort Bend Marshall (Missouri City, Texas)
The four-star offensive guard paved the way for two 1,000-yard rushers this year.OL — Richard Gouraige, 6-5, 270, Cambridge Christian (Tampa, Fla.)
The mammoth 4-star offensive tackle cleared the path for an offense that averaged 249 rushing yards per game and logged 42 rushing TDs. OL — Tommy Brown, 6-7, 315, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Brown is a monster with a mean streak to match. The towering specimen allowed standout quarterback JT Daniels to throw for nearly 5,000 yards and 67 TDs. The country's eighth-best offensive tackle was a pivotal piece for No. 9 Mater Dei.OL — Tyrone Sampson Jr., 6-3, 295, East English Village Prep (Detroit)
The country's top-rated center was a second team All-State selection by MLive.com.OL — Reuben Unije, 6-5, 303, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Unije helped the No. 3 Ascenders produce one of the most productive offenses in the nation.AP — Trevon Alexander, 6-1, 185, Richmond (Mo.)
The versatile playmaker registered 1,972 total yards and 35 TDs on offense. He also logged 57 tackles and four interceptions on defense.AP — Anthony Lytton, 5-11, 170, Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.)
Lytton posted 1,041 all-purpose yards and 13 TDs in spurring the Pumas to a Maryland Class 4A state championship. The country' No. 5 cornerback also recorded 26 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass deflections on defense.K — BT Potter, 5-11, 165, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)Potter was 11-for-14 on field goals with a long of 49 yards for South Pointe, the No. 20 team in the nation. He also averaged nearly 40 yards per punt.
Second Team Defense
DL — Nik Bonitto, 6-3, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
The nation's third-rated weak-side defensive end helped deliver the No. 6 Raiders their third consecutive state crown. Bonitto produced 33 total tackles, 21 quarterback hurries and three sacks.DL — Justin Mascoll, 6-4, 237, South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.)
Mascoll is a beast. The nation's No. 1 weak-side defensive end was a first team All-State pick by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.DL — KJ Henry, 6-5, 217, West Forsyth (Clemmons, N.C.)
Henry was named a first team All-State selection by NCPreps.com. The country's second-rated weak-side defensive end presents a ton of upside.DL — Miguel Rodriguez, 6-3, 230, Viera (Fla.)
The burly defensive end recorded 26 sacks and 91 tackles for the 9-3 Hawks, who reached the Florida 7A Quadrant 2 title game. Rodriguez had 70 tackles and 13 sacks as a sophomore. LB — Dallas Gant, 6-3, 201, St. John's Jesuit (Toledo, Ohio)
The nation's sixth-rated outside linebacker was a third team All-State selection by Cleveland.comLB — Ben Wilson, 6-2, 215, Sumner (Wash.)
Wilson was one of the most productive defensive playmakers in the country. The 3-star inside linebacker posted 201 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two interceptions in guiding Sumner Senior to the Washington Class 4A state semifinals.LB — Raymond Scott, 6-2, 220, Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.)
Scott manufactured 100 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. The nation's No. 4 outside linebacker led Narbonne to a 14-win season.LB — Javonte Williams, 5-11, 195, Wallace-Rose Hill (Teachey, N.C.)
The two-way star was one of the most complete players in America. Williams racked up 1,280 total yards and 21 TDs on offense in directing the Bulldogs to a North Carolina Class 1AA state title. He also recorded 210 tackles, five interceptions and four forced fumbles on defense.DB — Jalani Ellison, 6-0, 160, Reseda (Calif.)
The ultra-dynamic force logged 2,114 total yards and 20 TDs in driving the Regents to 11 wins. He also notched the most interceptions in the country (15). DB — Christian Tutt, 5-10, 185, Thomson (Ga.)
Tutt totaled 68 tackles, four interceptions and four pass deflections in spurring the Bulldogs to the Georgia Class 4A state finals. The four-star cornerback also registered 662 all-purpose yards and five TDs on offense.DB — Jaiden Woodbey, 6-2, 205, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The nation's third-rated safety was an instrumental piece for the No. 5 Braves. Woodbey notched 70 tackles, four interceptions and 251 all-purpose yards. DB — Kyler Gordon, 5-11, 180, Archbishop Murphy (Everett, Wash.)
The four-star cornerback posted 1,134 total yards and 17 TDs for the Washington Class 2A state champion Wildcats. He also recorded 31 tackles and four interceptions on defense.AP — Brendan Radley-Hiles, 5-10, 175, Calabasas (Calif.)
Radley-Hiles was an important cog for the 14-win Coyotes. The 4-star corner racked up 833 all-purpose yards and 12 total TDs on offense. He also logged 54 tackles, four pass deflections and two interceptions on defense.P — Greg Hayden, 5-7, 160, Vicksburg (Miss.)
Hayden averaged 43.1 yards per punt and buried half of his 40 punts inside the 20 for the Gators. His long of the year was 58 yards. He also nailed 53-of-58 extra points and had a season-long field goal of 40 yards.