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2020 MaxPreps High School Volleyball All-America Team
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized excellence in high school sports. This year's MaxPreps High School Volleyball All-America Team is a collection of 46 of the game's best.

Most are state champions, many are repeat All-America selections and all exemplify the drive and determination to be the best at their craft on the court.

The choices on the first and second teams all navigated an unprecedented season and all look to play at the next level. Given that some states are either gearing up to play in the spring or deciding if a season is safe, this list will feature additional players at the end of those seasons.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team

Hitters

Ally Batenhorst | Seven Lakes (Katy, Texas) | Sr.
The 6-foot-4 Nebraska-bound hitter pounded 574 kills while adding 371 digs and 548 serve receives, 33 blocks and 32 aces as the Spartans went 25-1 and captured the Texas 6A title.

Parker Bracken | Jackson Academy (Jackson, Miss.) | Sr.
Headed to LSU for beach volleyball, the state's all-time kills leader notched 473 this season with 330 digs and 324 receives. The 5-10 Bracken added 107 aces and 33 blocks as the Raiders captured the MAIS title.

Cecily Bramschreiber | Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas) | Sr.
The Dallas Morning News Player of the Year led the Leopards to a 26-0 mark en route to the Texas 5A title. The TCU-bound hitter posted 257 kills with 235 digs with 30 blocks and 21 aces.

Atlantis Clendenin | Parke Heritage (Rockville, Ind.) | Sr.
Added 688 kills to her 2,256 career total in a 24-7 season for the Wolves. Headed to IUPUI, she added 295 digs, 159 aces and 21 blocks.

Kaylee Cox | Flower Mound (Texas) | Sr.
Headed to Missouri, Cox led the Jaguars with 366 kills on the way to earning Dallas Morning News Hitter of the Year honors. She added 344 digs, 41 aces and 30 blocks for 23-2 Flower Mound. Cox helped the Jags to a 107-13 mark from her sophomore season on.

Carly Hendrickson | Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati) | Jr.
The Florida commit helped the Cougars to an Ohio Division I title and 23-2 mark, posting 512 kills with 93 digs, 35 aces and 30 blocks.

Ali Hornung | Providence (Clarksville, Ind.) | Sr.
The six-rotation player did it all for the 23-7 Pioneers, dropping 446 kills with 368 digs. The Purdue-bound ended her Providence career with 1,734 kills.

Ngozi Iloh | McIntosh (Peachtree City, Ga.) | Sr.
The future Duke Blue Devil notched 5252 kills with 123 digs and 41 aces for the Chiefs. The 5A Player of the Year, Iloh helped McIntosh to a 33-1 mark in 2020 and its fourth straight state crown.

Lindsay Krause | Skutt Catholic (Omaha, Neb.) | Sr.
The six-rotation player will stay in state and play for a Cornhuskers team loaded with top recruits. In 2020, the state Player of the Year led the 35-1 Skyhawks to a Class B title with 432 kills while hitting nearly 48 percent. She added 243 digs, 260 receives and 88 aces.

Mya Larson | Wahoo (Neb.) | Jr.
Leading the 35-0 Warriors to a C1 state title, the two-time Super State selection hit at 41 percent with 532 kills and 400 digs. She added 51 aces and 30 blocks.

Rya McKinnon | Hoover (Ala.) | Sr.
The Louisville-bound hitter was AL.com's Player of the Year and pasted 599 kills. She added 281 digs and 51 aces as the Buccaneers went 52-1 on the road to a 7A title.

Jenna Reitsma | Lowell (Mich.) | Sr.
A Michigan Miss Volleyball finalist, the Marquette pledge posted an eye-popping 897 kills while hitting at 31 percent for the 35-5 Red Arrows. She added 429 digs, 63 aces and 43 blocks as Lowell finished runner-up in the Division 1 bracket.

Mabrey Shaffmaster | New Castle (Ind.) | Sr.
The 6-1 hitter is headed to North Carolina, but MaxPreps Freshman and Sophomore of the Year ended her prep career with 469 kills, 445 receives, 278 digs and 53 aces.

Setters

Julia Bishop | Mercy (Farmington Hills, Mich.) | Sr.
Michigan's Miss Volleyball averaged 10.4 assists per set, the Marlins' star dished up 1,013 in total. She added 120 kills, 192 digs and 68 aces as Mercy went 33-2. In four seasons, Bishop finished with 5, 575 assists, third-most in state history.

Clara Brower | The Woodlands (Texas) | Sr.
The Houston Chronicle Setter of the Year led the Highlanders to a 23-4 mark, dishing up 891 assists, 314 digs and added 135 kills. The Georgia-bound Brower also tallied 55 aces.

Allie Gray | Skutt Catholic | Sr.
Gray to Krause was a winning combination for the Skyhawks as the future Sun Devil setter served up more than 12 assists per set. She totaled 1,023 on the season and finished with 3,249 in her career. She added 173 digs and 41 kills for the state champions.

Sophia Powell | Lowell | Sr.
Powell found Red Arrow hitters to the tune of 10.2 assists per set. She added 289 digs, 142 kills and 32 aces.

Libero/Defensive Specialist

Caroline Bien | Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.) | Sr.
With 285 receives, 257 digs and 242 kills, the future Jayhawk was named the 5A Player of the Year by the Kansas Volleyball Association. She led the Saints to a 29-2 mark and 5A crown.

Emery Dupes | Walton (Marietta, Ga.) | Sr.
She had 218 receives and 216 digs for the 21-2 Raiders. Dupes, who will play for Florida State, finished her career with more than 1,000 digs and serve receptions.

All-Around

Annie Antar | Klein (Texas) | Sr.
The Bearkats were paced by the North Florida commit, who tallied stats across the board. She posted 231 kills, 254 digs and 385 receives as Klein fell in the 6A championship to Seven Lakes.

Brooke Mosher | Waterloo (Wis.) | Sr.
The third player in her family to play Division I volleyball, she's headed to Illinois (her two sisters played at Marquette) after posting 463 kills, 254 digs and 385 receives for the 26-5 Pirates.

Ellee Stinson | Yorktown (Ind.) | Sr.
Leading the Tigers to a percent season, the Northwestern-bound Stinson had 453 digs, 308 kills while hitting at better than 26 percent and added 30 aces and 22 blocks for the 4A champions.

Madi Woodin | Elkhorn South (Omaha, Neb.) | Jr.
The Storm setter served up 1,104 assists with 256 digs and 47 kills as the South Dakota pledge led her squad to a 30-1 mark and Class A championship.

Second Team

Hitters

Callie Bauer | Hudson (Mich.) | Sr.
A future Hilltopper, she pounded 563 kills while hitting at 43 percent. She earned seven varsity letters with the Tigers and added 285 receives, 364 digs, 83 aces, 53 assists and 24 blocks this season on the volleyball court.

Merritt Beason | Gardendale (Ala.) | Sr.
The 6-3 hitter posted 693 kills at 35 percent hitting for the Rockets. The Florida-bound Beason was also named to the Al.com Super All-State team while adding 304 digs and 80 blocks.

Jacque Boney | St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.) | Sr.
While leading the Knights to a 26-4 mark, the Michigan pledge finished with 691 kills, 147 digs and 129 blocks. She finished with 1,975 career kills.

Alyssa Borellis | Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.) | Jr.
The Mlive.com Division 2 first-team selection had 447 kills hitting better than 40 percent for the 37-10 Fighting Irish. The Ole Miss commit adding 239 digs and 51 blocks with 44 aces.

Gabrielle Essix | Hoover | Sr.
The 6-4 future Florida Gator joined McKinnon in leading the Bucs to a 52-1 mark and 7A title. Essix posted 429 kills while hitting close to 50 percent with 93 blocks.

Lauren Jardine | Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) | Sr.
The Deseret News' Ms. Volleyball, she notched nearly 500 kills with 276 digs and 49 aces for the 6A champion. She's headed to Wisconsin.

Charitie Luper | Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas) | Sr.
Originally opting not to play this season for the Bobcats, the UCLA commit joined the team soon after the season started and recorded 275 kills with 284 digs. She finished her career with 1,614 kills and 1,593 digs.

Alexa Markley | McIntosh | Jr.
An all-state selection by the state coach's association, the future Nittany Lion had 405 kills for the 35-1 Chiefs.

Jordan Middleton | Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) | Jr.
The USC pledge led the Huskies to their first state volleyball title, posting 20 kills in the championship match. On the season, she had 286 kills with 141 digs, 27 aces and 33 blocks.

Norah Sis | Papillion-LaVista (Papillion, Neb.) | Sr.
Staying in state at Creighton, Sis had 527 kills with 397 digs and 47 blocks to repeat as an Omaha World All-State first-team selection.

Paris Thompson | Fort Myers (Fla.) | Sr.
The Green Wave went 19-3 and the Notre Dame-bound hitter and Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball notched 413 kills, 228 digs and 42 blocks.

Addie VanderWeide | Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.) | Sr.
A Michigan Miss Volleyball finalist, she led the Eagles to a third-straight Division 2 title, posting 19 kills and 11 digs in the championship match. For the season, the 5-11 hitter had 592 kills, 390 digs and 43 aces.

McKenna Wucherer | Brookfield Central (Brookfield, Wis.) | Jr.
Headed to Minnesota, first team All-State pick posted 421 kills hitting better than 40 percent hitting. She added 201 digs and 29 aces as the Lancers finished 15-4.

Setter

Averi Carlson | Lovejoy | Jr.
The 2018 MaxPreps Freshman of the Year is a three-time All-American. She helped the Leopards to a 5A title and unbeaten mark with 679 assists. The Baylor commit added 165 digs and 48 kills.

Payton Chamberlain | Byron Nelson | Sr.
The Wyoming-bound setter rolled all sevens with 777 assists (10.4 per set) while chipping in 209 digs and 57 kills.

Elle Glock | Wahoo | Sr.
The USC commit led the Warriors with 1,018 assists, more than 11 per set. She added 218 digs and 65 kills for the state champions, finishing her career with 3.201 assists.

Claire Lewis | McIntosh | Sr.
Joining Markley as an all-state selection by the state coach's association, the Georgia State commit served up 1,012 assists with 262 digs and 75 kills.

Libero/Defensive Specialist

Eleanor Beavin | Mercy (Louisville, Ky.) | Sr.
Headed to home state Kentucky, the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association's Defensive Player of the Year had 371 receives, 508 digs and 77 assists for the state runners-up.

Bre Skala | Skutt Catholic | Sr.
The third Skyhawk to earn All-American honors, the Regis University commit posted 401 digs and 272 receives for the state champs.

All-Around

Whitney Lauenstein | Waverly (Neb.) | Sr.
Another get for the Huskers, the Viking standout hit at 34 percent while totaling 485 kills on the season. She added 330 digs, 30 aces and 34 blocks for 22-7 Waverly.

Bergen Reilly | O'Gorman (Sioux Falls, S.D.) | So.
Showed no signs of the sophomore slump, leading the 26-0 Knights with 400 kills, 260 digs and 131 assists.

Devan Taylor | Klein | Sr.
With 242 kills and 243 digs, the Clemson commit helped the Bearkats to a 27-1mark.

Kendra Wait | Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner, Kan.) | Sr.
Had 494 assists, 238 digs and 87 kills for her 15-7 squad. The 2019 state Gatorade Player of the Year is headed to Creighton.
High school football: Top 10 quarterback-wide receiver tandems - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Top 10 quarterback-wide receiver tandems
Over the past five years, we've seen some big-time quarterback-wide receiver duos at the high school level. Lake Travis' (Austin, Texas) Hudson Card and Garrett Wilson, Marietta's (Ga.) Harrison Bailey and Arik Gilbert, Mater Dei's (Santa Ana, Calif.) JT Daniels and Amon-Ra St. Brown, North Shore's (Houston) Dematrius Davis and Shadrach Banks, and St. John Bosco's (Bellflower, Calif.) DJ Uiagalelei and Kris Hutston are just some of the pairs that have made a splash at the prep ranks and beyond.

The next crop of quarterback/wide receiver combos on the same trajectory of these past greats are just as exciting and will be on display in what we hope is a normal football season in the fall.

Expect to see a handful of these teams featured in our Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings that will be released later this summer.
Sam Horn, Collins Hill
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Sam Horn, Collins Hill
Top 10 Quarterback-Wide Receiver tandems

QB — Robert "Pops" Battle | 5-11 | 170 | Class of 2024
WR — Luther Burden III | 6-2 | 195 | Class of 2022
The pair showed how dangerous they can be after a dominant six-game spring campaign. Battle, a freshman, stepped in at quarterback when Tyler Macon enrolled early at Missouri and accounted for nearly 1,800 yards of total offense and 19 touchdowns. Burden, the top-rated wide receiver on 247Sports composite rankings and five-star Oklahoma commit, had 33 receptions for 734 yards and seven touchdowns. He also played in the fall for Cardinal Ritter College Prep (St. Louis) and was selected to the Junior All-American first team.

QB Malachi Nelson | 6-3 | 180 | Class of 2023
WR Makai Lemon | 6-0 | 180 | Class of 2023
They check in as the top-two prospects in California from the Class of 2023 and led the Griffins to a 6-0 spring season. Nelson threw for 1,513 yards and 23 touchdowns while completing over 73 percent of his passes and Lemon hauled in 43 receptions for 756 yards and nine touchdowns. The five-star athlete also had four interceptions on defense.

QB AJ Duffy | 6-2 | 205 | Class of 2022
WR Carnell Tate | 6-2 | 185 | Class of 2023
Duffy and Tate both transferred to the defending national champs and will be a big-time combo next fall. The four-star quarterback threw for over 5,500 yards and 66 touchdowns during his two years at Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.). Tate is a Top 50 prospect overall in the Class of 2023 and was a midseason call-up on the Marist (Chicago) varsity team during his freshman year and had 28 receptions for 444 yards and five touchdowns.

QB Elijah Brown | 6-2 | 180 | Class of 2024
WR CJ Williams | 6-2 | 195 | Class of 2022
Brown became the fourth quarterback in Mater Dei history to start as a freshman this spring and he threw for nearly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns while completing nearly 70 percent of his passes in six games. Williams is the ninth-rated receiver in the Class of 2022 on 247Sports composite rankings and expect a huge senior campaign for the four-star playmaker next fall.

QB — Arch Manning | 6-3 | 200 | Class of 2023
WR — AJ Johnson | 6-4 | 205 | Class of 2022
Manning is the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2023 and third-rated prospect overall. He was named our National Freshman of the Year in 2019 and has thrown for 4,360 yards and 55 touchdowns during his first two years at Newman while leading the Greenies to an 18-3 record. Johnson recently committed to LSU and after sitting out his sophomore year showed how dynamic of a playmaker he is during his junior campaign.

QB — Conner Harrell | 6-1 | 190 | Class of 2022
WR — Ryan Peppins | 5-9 | 170 | Class of 2022
This duo led the Warriors to a second consecutive 7A state championship and finished No. 6 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. Harrell, in his first year as the starting quarterback, threw for over 3,500 yards and 42 touchdowns while Peppins hauled in 74 receptions for nearly 1,200 yards and a team-high 14 touchdowns.

QB — Noah Fifita | 5-10 | 170 | Class of 2022
WR — Tetairoa McMillan | 6-3 | 185 | Class of 2022
The second Trinity League duo on the list has been making big plays for the last two years playing against some of the best competition in the country. Fifita committed to Arizona and McMillan checks in as the second-rated player in California and fourth-rated wide receiver from the Class of 2022, according to 247Sports.

QB — Cade Klubnik | 6-2 | 185 | Class of 2022
WR — Jaden Greathouse | 6-2 | 205 | Class of 2023
Klubnik took over as the full-time starter before last fall and helped lead the Chaps to their second consecutive state title and a spot at No. 3 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. The four-star Clemson commit was selected to the Junior All-America first team after throwing for 3,495 yards and 35 touchdowns while adding nearly 600 yards rushing and 15 more scores. Greathouse was named to our Sophomore All-America first team after hauling in 69 receptions for 1,145 yards and 13 touchdowns. He became the first freshman to start in Westlake history in 2019.

QB — Quinn Ewers | 6-3 | 205 | Class of 2022
WR — Landon Samson | 6-1 | 180 | Class of 2022
Ewers is the top-rated prospect overall in the Class of the 2022 and the five-star Ohio State commit helped the Dragons to a runner-up finish in Texas' largest classification last fall. He threw for 2,442 yards and 28 touchdowns in eight games while adding 133 yards rushing and three more scores. Samson finished his junior season with 74 receptions for 1,293 yards and 15 touchdowns. They both recently committed to play in the 2022 All-American Bowl.

QB — Sam Horn | 6-4 | 190 | Class of 2022
WR — Travis Hunter | 6-1 | 170 | Class of 2022
Hunter had one of the best single-seasons in Georgia high school football history and was named our National Junior Player of the Year. The five-star Florida State commit had 137 receptions for 1,746 yards and 24 touchdowns while racking up 51 tackles and eight interceptions on defense for the AAAAAAA runner-up. Horn threw for over 3,900 yards and 41 touchdowns and checks in as the No. 7 pro style quarterback in the Class of 2022. The four-star gunslinger committed to Missouri in late February.
Travis Hunter, Collins Hill
File photo by Cecil Copeland
Travis Hunter, Collins Hill

High school girls basketball: Raven Johnson named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball: Raven Johnson named 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
The postseason banquet after Raven Johnson's freshman season was a celebration of a state championship for Westlake (Atlanta). As part of the festivities, a representative from the company that was going to make the championship rings was there to measure everyone for their new jewelry.

"What finger do you want your ring on?" he asked. "You might win another one, so choose carefully."

Johnson, the young point guard who had to be coaxed to say much during the season, held up her hand.

"She was dead serious," Westlake coach Hilda Hankerson said. "There was no smile."

"I remember it like it was yesterday," Johnson said. "I held up all four fingers and said, 'You might as well get the other three sizes too because I'm going to win four state titles.'"

Which, of course, she and Westlake did. The Lions won AAAAAAA titles in 2018, 2019 and 2020, then a AAAAAA title this season, which they parlayed into a GEICO Nationals victory and a MaxPreps National Championship.
Johnson is the 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year after averaging 15.1 points, 5.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game while leading Westlake to a 22-0 mark.

"I wouldn't call that cocky," said Johnson, who's headed to South Carolina. "I'd call that confident."

And Johnson credits that confidence for much of her success. "If you have confidence, it will carry you a long way," she said.

It didn't take long for Hankerson to recognize that Johnson was going to carry Westlake a long way. She first saw her at the local middle school which feeds Westlake.

"She was head and shoulders above the others," said the coach. "She really stood out."

And Hankerson, who's been running the show at Westlake for 26 years and played Division I basketball at Mercer, knew exactly what she was looking at.

"Raven was my point guard from Day One," she said. "The summer before she started ninth grade, I called my senior point guard over and said ‘You're getting ready to be my two guard.' "

And though Johnson obviously had the skills and the confidence, she also understood that basketball is a team game.

"As players get older, they sometimes get cliquish," Hankerson said. "The seniors just sit with the seniors, or the starters are always together. But Raven probably sat with more people than anyone I've ever coached, no matter how good they were."

At the same time, though, Johnson is ferociously competitive. She's always played with boys because "they challenge me every day. I like to compete," she said, and then pauses. "But most of all, I like to win."

She hopes to keep on winning playing for the Gamecocks and coach Dawn Staley, who's one of the greatest point guards in women's basketball history.

"She showed me videos of her playing, and I was like ‘Wow,' " said Johnson, who also knows Staley is a taskmaster.

That's OK with Johnson. "I don't like a coach who would kiss my butt. When you're screaming at me, I like that."

Of course, there's one thing she likes better.

"I like to win," she said, adding her goal at South Carolina is simple. "I just want to win a national championship."

And get another ring.

Past MaxPreps National Players of the Year
2020 — Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
2019 — Azzi Fudd, St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
2018 — Christyn Williams, Central Arkansas Christian (North Little Rock, Ark.)
2017 — Megan Walker, Monacan (Richmond, Va.)
2016 — Sabrina Ionescu, Miramonte (Orinda, Calif.)
2015 — Ali Patberg, Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.)
2014 — A'ja Wilson, Heathwood Hall Episcopal (Columbia, S.C.)
2013 — Diamond DeShields, Norcross (Ga.)
2012 — Breanna Stewart, Cicero-North Syracuse (Cicero, N.Y.)
2011 — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2010 — Chiney Ogwumike, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
2009 — Skylar Diggins, South Bend Washington (South Bend, Ind.)
2008 — Nneka Ogwumike, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas)
2007 — Maya Moore, Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.)
2006 — Jacki Gemelos, St. Mary's (Stockton, Calif.)
Ohio releases 'Return to Play Recommendations' for Aug. 1 high school sports start - HIGHSCORE
Ohio releases 'Return to Play Recommendations' for Aug. 1 high school sports start
Hours after Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday mandated masks in all 88 counties, the Ohio High School Athletic Association sent a 22-page "Return to Play Recommendations" memo to member schools with additional sport-specific suggestions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic for the fall calendar. Practices for the Ohio fall sports season start Aug. 1.

"The OHSAA fully intends to support its member schools and the student-athletes who desire to compete in interscholastic athletics and will continue to assess all areas as more information becomes available," OHSAA interim executive director Bob Goldring said.

The guidelines — created via input from a myriad of state agencies and the National Federation of State High School Associations — won't supplant orders, mandates or requirements imposed by DeWine or the Ohio Department of Health.

The memo, which comes a day after the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association released a 38-page safety protocol proposal to its membership, includes plans for pre-participation screening, positive tests and travel considerations. It also features details on game-day operations including officials, event staff, spectators, bands, cheerleaders and concessions.

General guidelines for all sports include maintaining social distancing when not on the field or court, using face coverings while not competing, and dialing back or cutting unnecessary travel. It also recommends reducing or eliminating sharing of common equipment, and limiting contact frequency with student-athletes from schools and non-interscholastic programs outside of each school's league, conference or normal competition sphere.

Specific recommendations for football include extending the team box on both sides of the field to the 10-yard lines and having offensive players take the ball back to the huddle between snaps while officials would mark the line of scrimmage with a bean bag.

Staggered start times in cross country and nullifying switching benches between sets in volleyball were suggested.

Postgame handshakes in all sports will be eliminated.

"The OHSAA understands that the physical and mental benefits of participation in education-based interscholastic athletics are numerous and are heightened even more during this pandemic," Goldring said. "There is no doubt that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has already resulted in thousands of our students missing out on these life-shaping educational experiences over the past several months, and we certainly hope we can return to some type of normalcy as it relates to interscholastic athletics soon."

Three of the OHSAA's fall sports have been acknowledged as low contact, including boys and girls golf, girls tennis and volleyball. Those sports can have competitions between schools.

Competitions between schools in football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, and field hockey have not yet been approved.

"We just don't know yet," DeWine said. "Our ability to play sports and go back to school depends on what we do in the next few weeks."
Ohio introduced "Return to Play Recommendations" on Thursday for fall sports.
File photo by Jeff Harwell
Ohio introduced "Return to Play Recommendations" on Thursday for fall sports.
10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth - HIGHSCORE
10 high school football stadiums named after NFL players as seen via Google Earth
Video: Stadiums named after NFL players
See the view from above via Google Earth.

Athens (The Plains, Ohio) didn't waste any time in honoring its greatest athlete. It named the school's football stadium after Joe Burrow before he even took a professional snap from center.

According to Sports Illustrated, the Athens School District decided to rename the stadium after Burrow's heartfelt Heisman Trophy acceptance speech in which he named the school district.

Burrow's star continued to rise following the renaming as he led LSU to the national championship in January and was selected No. 1 in the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals in April.

Joe Burrow Stadium is one of 10 stadiums and football fields featured in our Google Earth series, which takes a new view of gridirons named after NFL players. See the full list below.

Joe Burrow Stadium: The stadium is where Burrow threw for 11,416 yards in a career in which he earned all-state honors.
Tony Romo Field: The latest field to be renamed at Burlington (Wis.), Tony Romo Field is located at Don Dalton Stadium. Dalton was Romo's coach at Burlington during the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Joe Montana Stadium: Before leading the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl championships, Montana was an all-state quarterback at Ringgold (Monongahela, Pa.).
John Elway Stadium: Elway was an All-American during his final two seasons at Granada Hills Charter (Granada Hills, Calif.) after transferring from Washington. The stadium seats 4,000 people and is located in the San Fernando Valley.
Emmitt Smith Field: The NFL's all-time leading rusher got his start at Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.), where he rushed for 8,804 yards and was named All-American.
Ronnie Lott Stadium: A native of New Mexico, Lott moved to Rialto, Calif., at a young age and attended Eisenhower. The school renamed the stadium in honor of the Hall of Famer safety in 2009.
Walter Payton Field: While Walter Payton College Prep High School can be found in Chicago, where he played his entire NFL career, Walter Payton Field is found at his high school alma mater in Columbia (Miss.).
Tony Dorsett Stadium: The all-time leading rusher in NCAA history by the time he finished his college career at Pitt, Dorsett began his career at Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.), where he was one of the top recruits in the country in 1973.
Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium: While many NFL players have come from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), the stadium is named after a former Raider who was the subject of Emmy-winning movie "Brian's Song." Piccolo played for the Chicago Bears and died from cancer in 1970. Actor James Caan played the role of Piccolo in the 1971 TV movie.
Brady Family Stadium: The stadium at Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) is named not just for NFL quarterback Tom Brady, but for his family, as Brady requested. The stadium was renamed for the Brady family in 2012.