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2021 NFL Draft: Trey Lance leads Top 10 under-the-radar high school players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: Trey Lance leads Top 10 under-the-radar high school players selected
Dozens of high school football players every year miss the attention of experts and recruiters and eventually go on to productive college careers. But those surprise kids or late bloomers making it all the way the the NFL are extremely rare.

Here are 10 of the biggest surprise under-the-radar recruits who were selected in last week's 2021 NFL Draft.

1. Trey Lance
Marshall (Minn.) | Quarterback
Third pick (first round) | San Francisco 49ers

Though clearly recognized as a top athlete, Lance was projected more of a running back or safety, or even basketball player, coming out of Marshall. He had a late growth spurt. He played in a run-oriented offense and once attempted more than 20 passes in a game. One Big Ten school even offered him a scholarship as a linebacker.

He was ranked the No. 49 dual-threat quarterback in the country as a senior by 247Sports composite after throwing for 3,026 career yards and 33 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,177 yards and 18 more scores. The then 6-foot-4, 195-pounder (he's now listed at 224) had seven college offers, the biggest one from Boise State, before signing at North Dakota State, which produced Carson Wentz and Easton Stick.

"We always thought he'd be a running back," Longtime Marshall coach Terry Bahlmann told CBS Sports. "But in terms of athletes I had over the years, he'll go right to the top. He played strong safety for us, returned punts, returned kicks. I remember his freshman year, I told my wife, Jan, he was a special athlete. I just didn't know what he was gonna do yet."

2. Zaven Collins
Hominy (Okla.) | Linebacker
16th pick (first round) | Cardinals

A three-star recruit, Collins had one college offer and took it at the University of Tulsa. From the Class of 2017, he ranked 2,142nd overall by 247Sports, and the 148th best athlete. He obviously leaped over many on the way to 16th overall selection.

3. Payton Turner

Westside (Houston) | Defensive end
28th pick (first round) | Saints

Like Collins, he had one offer and he took it at the University of Houston. A two-star recruit, Turner was ranked the 272nd best player out of Texas from the Class of 2017 and 117th best defensive end in the country. His overall national recruiting rank: 2,548.

4. Richie Grant
Choctawhatchee (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) | Safety
40th pick (second round) | Falcons

Another player with one offer, the two-star recruit signed at the University of Central Florida where he arrived as a wide receiver. From the Class of 2016, Grant's 247Sports Composite rankings: Florida (352), national receiver (357) and overall national (2,520).

5. Dillon Radunz
Becker (Minn.) | Offensive tackle
53rd pick (second round) | Titans

Without an FBS offer, Radunz instead attended FCS power North Dakota State where he starred with Lance. Radunz earned a national recruiting ranking, but it was at 3,828 and No. 165 as a defensive end. He found his calling on offensive side, plus he put on 36 pounds of muscle from high school.

6. Spencer Brown
Lenox (Iowa) | Offensive tackle
93rd pick (third round) | Bills

One of at least two who played 8-man football in high school, Brown did it all at Lenox, where he racked up 24 catches for 388 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver. He also lettered in basketball and baseball, earning first-team all-conference in all sports. He had no stars or no offers out of high school, but grew to 6-9, 311 pounds by his third season at Northern Iowa. He entered at 6-8, 238.

7. Quinn Meinerz

Hartford (Wis.)| Offensive line
98th pick (third round) | Broncos

No recruiting stars as a prep, Meinzerz found his way to Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater. In high school, he earned All-State honors honorable mention, while also competing in wrestling, and track and field. He was attracted to Wisconsin-Whitewater's business program and glad they had a football squad.

8. Elerson Smith
Minneapolis South (Minneapolis) | Defensive end
116th pick (fourth round) | Giants
A teammate of Brown in college, Smith was a no-star recruit out of high school and Northern Iowa was his only offer. He entered at 6-6, 205 and left at 6-7, 245. He hasn't played since 2019.

9. Robert Rochell
Fair Park (Shreveport, La.) | Cornerback
130th pick (fourth round) | Rams

Another recruit with no stars, Rochell signed at the only FCS school that offered, Arkansas State. At Fair Park, he earned All-District and All-Shreveport honors in 2016 when he rushed for 922 yards and had 25 catches for 465 yards, but no interceptions (three pass breakups). He had speed, however, finishing third in the state 100 meters (10.8 seconds).

10. Jacob Harris
Palm Harbor University (Fla.) | Wide receiver
141st pick (fourth round) | Rams

The Rams went for back-to-back longshots, and a soccer player to boot. Harris didn't play football until his senior year at Palm Harbor and was recruited as a soccer player. He had five goals in 14 games as a senior. On the gridiron, he rushed for 231 yards, had 46 tackles at safety and 215 more yards as a returner. With no recruiting stars or offers, Harris walked on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF, where he didn't see significant playing time until he was a senior.
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 HIGHSCORE Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
Daeshun Ruffin named 2020-21 MaxPreps Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Daeshun Ruffin of Callaway (Jackson) is the 2020-21 Mississippi High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior led the Chargers to a 10-1 record and the Class 5A state quarterfinals.

Ruffin averaged 33.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest this season, including a season-high 39 points in Callaway's double-overtime state quarterfinal loss to Lake Cormorant.

Ruffin tallied 2,337 career points over his four-year career, carrying a career average of 25.4 points per contest.

A Mississippi signee, Ruffin is regarded as the No. 47 prospect in the Class of 2021 overall according to 247Sports. He chose the Rebels over offers from SEC rivals Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State among others. He earned a spot on the McDonald's All American Game roster last month, though the showcase will not be played this year due to the pandemic.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17 - HIGHSCORE
High school football: After fight with cancer, St. Frances Academy standout Aaron Wilson passes away at age 17
Aaron Wilson of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) has passed away at the age of 17, according to 247Sports recruiting analyst Brian Dohn. Rasheda Mayse, the mother of the promising defensive end prospect started a GoFundMe page in March when it was announced he had developed a high grade midline glioma. He underwent brain surgery to remove some of the mass and was undergoing radiation therapy on his spine.

Wilson had a bright future in football and was regarded as great leader and teammate with a positive attitude.

A testament to his talent on the field, Wilson had 18 offers that included the likes of Florida, Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas, according to 247Sports.

During his sophomore season he had 43 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles while playing at Ocoee (Fla.). He transferred to the Baltimore power in the spring of 2020 and was selected to the MaxPreps Preseason Junior All-America team before Maryland announced the fall season would be canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.
Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.
Photo by Cory Knowlton
Aaron Wilson (No. 4) chases down a ballcarrier during a game in September 2019.

MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
For the week of April 26-May 2

Boys Volleyball

Midwest Region
(Includes: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota)

Michael Cavanugh, St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio)
Junior | OH

14 Games Played
Kills: 52
Kills/Game: 3.71
Digs: 22
Digs/Game: 1.57
Receptions: 38
Rcpt/Game: 2.71
Aces: 3
Blocks: 3

Josh Schellinger, Lake Park (Roselle, Illinois)
Freshman | OH

9 Games Played
Kills: 56
Kills/Game: 6.22
Digs: 13
Digs/Game: 1.44
Aces: 8
Blocks: 4

Northeast Region
(Includes: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C.)

Gabriel Abreu, Harrison (Harrison, New Jersey)
6'1 | Senior | OH/MB
7 Games Played
Kills: 27
Kills/Game: 3.86
Digs: 15
Digs/Game: 2.14
Receptions: 17
Rcpt/Game: 2.43
Aces: 1
Blocks: 2

Luke Bradbury, Darien (Connecticut)
5'10 | Junior | L/DS
6 Games Played
Kills: 25
Kills/Game: 4.17
Digs: 5
Receptions: 23
Rcpt/Game: 3.83
Aces: 3

South Region
(Includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)

Anthony Gonzalez, St. Cloud (Florida)
6'4 | Senior | OH
8 Games Played
Kills: 37
Kills/Game: 4.63
Digs: 19
Digs/Game: 2.38
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 8.13
Aces: 7
Blocks: 7

Christian Moreira, Reagan (Doral, Florida)
5'11 | Senior | OH
7 Games Played
Kills: 40
Kills/Game: 5.71
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.43
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 4.57
Aces: 7

West Region
(Includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Ryan Duross, Christopher (Gilroy, California)
6'2 | Junior | OH
6 Games Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 9.83
Digs: 17
Digs/Game: 2.83
Aces: 3
Blocks: 6

Tyler Lai, Williams Field (Gilbert, Arizona)
6'2 | Senior | OH
12 Games Played
Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.083
Digs: 42
Digs/Game: 3.50
Receptions: 58
Rcpt/Game: 4.83
Aces: 8
Blocks: 9

Girls Volleyball

Ella Hartford, Arroyo Grande
5'7" | Senior | S
6 Sets Played
Assists: 54
Assists/Game: 9
Team Hitting%: 0.233
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 2.67
Aces: 1

Kaitlyn Rector, Simla
6'0" | Senior
7 Sets Played
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 6.57
Digs: 23
Digs/Game: 3.29
Receptions: 30
Rcpt/Game: 4.29
Aces: 2
Blocks: 10

Kassidy Krejmas, Wahconah Regional (Dalton)
5'11" | Senior | MH
17 Sets Played
Kills: 59
Kills/Game: 3.47
Digs: 20
Digs/Game: 1.18
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/Game: 0.23
Aces: 18
Blocks: 4

New York
Kylie Blessing, Portville
5'9" | Junior | S

9 Sets Played
Assists: 100
Assists/Game: 11.11
Team Hitting%: 0.427
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 0.89
Aces: 8
Blocks: 2
High school football: Historic win moves Norco to No. 10 in HIGHSCORE Top 25 California rankings - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Historic win moves Norco to No. 10 in MaxPreps Top 25 California rankings
In recent memory, some things just don't happen in Southern Section football.

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower) don't get threatened — unless they play each other.

2. Centennial (Corona) doesn't lose — unless it's to Mater Dei or Bosco.

3. Teams don't enter the MaxPreps Top 25 rankings in the Top 10.

All those "never-happens" happened last week.  

CALIFORNIA SPRING COMPUTER RANKINGS: Compare to human rankings below

• For the second straight game, No. 4 Servite (Anaheim) gave one of the two national juggernauts a heck of a game, losing 24-17 to No. 1 Mater Dei. The Monarchs needed a pick-six from junior cornerback Cameron Sidney and a strip-sack on the game's final play to eek out the win. The previous week, Servite (2-2) played toe-to-toe with No. 2 Bosco, losing 38-28.

• Previous No. 3 Centennial was stunned by unranked Norco 38-36, ending the Huskies' 57-game Big VIII league win streak. Junior quarterback Kyle Crum accounted for 265 yards and three touchdowns leading the Cougars to their first win over perennial national power Centennial since 2009.

• With the victory, Norco (3-0), which outscored its first two opponents by a cumulative score of 116-12, jumped from unranked to No. 10, just ahead of the Huskies and behind No. 9 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego).

Speaking of, Cathedral Catholic (3-0) hosts No. 22 Lincoln (San Diego) on Friday in the state Game of the Week that will decide the supremacy of the San Diego Section. Cathedral Catholic is coming off a bye while Lincoln won its third straight blowout, 52-0 over Madison (San Diego), giving the Hornets a 152-0 season edge over all opponents.
Cathedral Catholic junior running back Lucky Sutton leads the team with 463 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Ninth-ranked Cathedral Catholic hosts No. 22 Lincoln on Friday.
File photo by Michael Cazares
Cathedral Catholic junior running back Lucky Sutton leads the team with 463 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Ninth-ranked Cathedral Catholic hosts No. 22 Lincoln on Friday.
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 1
Result: Beat Servite, 24-17
Next game: Friday vs. Santa Margarita at Santa Ana Stadium

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 2
Result: Beat JSerra, 66-14
Next game: Saturday vs. Orange Lutheran

3. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 4
Result: Beat Jesuit (Carmichael), 42-7
Next game: Saturday at California (San Ramon)

4. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-2 | Last week: 5
Result: Lost to Mater Dei, 24-17
Next game: Friday at JSerra

5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 6
Result: Beat Garces (Bakersfield), 42-0
Next game: Friday at Upland

6. Mission Viejo
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 7
Result: Beat Tesoro, 44-13
Next game: Friday vs. San Juan Hills

7. Los Alamitos
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Huntington Beach, 63-14
Next game: Thursday vs. Fountain Valley at Huntington Beach

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 8
Result: Beat Cathedral (Los Angeles), 21-7
Next game: Saturday at Chaminade

9. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 17
Result: Idle
Next game: Friday vs. Lincoln (San Diego)

10. Norco
Record: 3-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Centennial (Corona), 38-36
Next game: Thursday vs. King (Riverside)

11. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 3
Result: Lost to Norco, 38-36
Next game: Thursday vs. Roosevelt (Eastvale)

12. Long Beach Poly
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 11
Result: Beat Compton, 45-0
Next game: April 16 vs. Milliken (Long Beach)

13. Folsom
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 12
Result: Beat Whitney (Rocklin), 40-7
Next game: Friday vs. Rocklin

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 13
Result: Idle
Next game: Friday vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Bowl

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 15
Result: Beat St. Francis (La Canada), 41-14
Next game: Friday at St. Paul

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 16
Result: Beat St. Francis (Mountain View), 49-7
Next game: Saturday at Riordan (San Francisco)

17. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
3-1 | Last week: 17
Result: Beat Upland, 27-16
Next game: Saturday at Calabasas

18. San Clemente

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 18
Result: Beat San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano), 35-7
Next game: Friday at Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita) 

19. Buchanan (Clovis)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 19
Result: Beat Clovis, 45-38
Next game: Friday vs. Clovis North

20. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 20
Result: Beat Elsinore, 56-2
Next game: Thursday vs. San Jacinto

21. Carlsbad
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 21
Result: Beat Oceanside, 30-12
Next game: Friday vs. La Costa Canyon

22. Lincoln (San Diego)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 22
Result: Beat Madison (San Diego), 52-0
Next game: Friday at Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)

23. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 23
Result: Beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 29-14
Next game: Friday at Bishop Amat

24. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 3-1 | Last week: 24
Result: Beat Fountain Valley, 40-0
Next game: Friday vs. Corona del Mar at Huntington Beach

25. La Habra
Record: 4-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Buena Park, 62-0
Next game: Friday at Troy

Dropped out: Bishop Amat (La Puente), Pacifica (Oxnard)

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.