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California high school football: All but two of 58 counties now meet threshold to begin sports - HIGHSCORE
California high school football: All but two of 58 counties now meet threshold to begin sports
And then there were just two.

As of March 9, Inyo and Merced counties are the only two in California not yet eligible to play outdoor athletics due to excessive COVID-19 numbers.

On Feb. 19, the state set the weekly threshold at 14 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for counties to be eligible to compete in "high-risk" outdoor youth sports, including football, even if that county is in the red or purple tier.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made that announcement that day for new guidelines. Low risk sports such as cross country, golf and tennis have been in action since early February. Less than half of the counties met that threshold then, but now 56 of the 58 counties do.

Two counties moved below the threshold this week, Stanislaus went from 15.7 to 13.6 and King's improved from 16.0 last week to 11.9 this week.

Some of the largest counties that just two weeks ago were hovering above the threshold are now considerably below, including Los Angeles (5.2), Orange (6.0) and San Diego (8.8). Only 10 that currently meet the 14.0 threshold are above 10.0. San Francisco (2.8) leads all large metropolitan California cities.

Of the 56 to qualify, 25 counties now meet the 7.0 and below threshold in order to avoid required COVID-19 testing.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Once a county reaches the 14.0 threshold it is eligible throughout the rest of the school year, even if those numbers jump back up above 14, according to the new guidelines.

Football seasons begin Friday throughout the state, though most squads will begin the week of March 19-20.

Counties that reached the threshold: Alpine 0.0, Sierra 0.0, Mariposa 0.8, Plumas 0.8, San Francisco 2.8, San Mateo 3.0, Lassen 3.8, Mendocino 3.9, Yolo 4.0, Marin 4.2, Santa Clara 4.2, Trinity 4.3, Calvares 4.8, Alameda 4.8, Los Angeles 5.2, Santa Cruz 5.3, Colusa 5.7, San Luis Obispo 5.7, Shasta 5.9, Orange 6.0, Humboldt 6.4, Napa 6.4, San Bernardino 6.7, Solano 6.7, Imperial 6.8, San Benito 6.9, El Dorado 7.1, Mono 7.2, Monterey 7.2, Butte 7.3, Placer 7.7, Tehama 7.8, Contra Costa 7.9, Tuolumne 7.9, Sonoma 8.2, Yuba 8.5, San Diego 8.8, Riverside 8.3, Modoc 9.0, Lake 9.2, Siskiyou 9.4, Sacramento 9.5, Tulare 9.5, Santa Barbara 9.7, Sutter 9.9, Nevada 10.1, Amador 10.4, Glenn 11.2, San Joaquin 11.2, Madera 11.4, Kern 11.8, Del Norte 11.9, King's 11.9, Fresno 12.6, Stanislaus 13.6.

Counties above the mark: Merced 14.8, Inyo 29.4.

High school football: HIGHSCORE Junior All-American Luther Burden stars in second 2020-21 season - HIGHSCORE
High school football: MaxPreps Junior All-American Luther Burden stars in second 2020-21 season
Former Cardinal Ritter College Prep (St. Louis) standout Luther Burden III was named to the most recent MaxPreps Junior All-America first team after hauling in 31 receptions for 895 yards and 13 touchdowns during a shortened eight-game fall season. But the Oklahoma commit and nation's top-rated junior wide receiver was just warming up.  

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder wraps up a six-game spring campaign for East St. Louis (Ill.) on Friday as the Flyers host Edwardsville (Ill.) in their season finale.

The five-star standout transferred to the Illinois power at the end of January and leads the team in receptions (27), receiving yards (564) and receiving touchdowns (five). Rated the nation's No. 10 recruit overall from the Class of 2022 by 247Sports, he also has a punt return for a score.

Due to COVID-19 and protocols, only 35 states completed football seasons in the fall, 11 opted for the spring and four didn't play at all.

During his career at Cardinal Ritter, Burden caught 124 passes for 2,941 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also helped lead the Lions to a Class 3 state title in basketball during his sophomore year.
Luther Burden III accumulated almost 3,000 career receiving yards and 40 touchdowns while at Cardinal Ritter.
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Luther Burden III accumulated almost 3,000 career receiving yards and 40 touchdowns while at Cardinal Ritter.
Friday night will be the second time that East St. Louis plays Edwardsville this spring after cruising to a 52-21 win on April 2. Burden had seven receptions for 130 yards and a score in that one. 

In his fall and spring seasons combined, Burden has 58 catches for 1,459 yards (25.1 yards per catch), which reveals why 39 FBS schools have made him scholarship offers.

When East St. Louis quarterback and 2019 MaxPreps Junior All-American Tyler Macon graduated early and enrolled at Missouri, freshman Robert "Pops" Battle stepped up. With Burden as his main target, Battle has accounted for nearly 1,400 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns.

Battle and Burden figure to be one of the nation's best quarterback-wide receiver combinations in the fall.

With their vast talent returning, expect the Flyers (4-1) to be ranked in our preseason Top 100 rankings that will be released in the summer. They have won 22 of their last 24 games and claimed the Class 6A state title in 2019. 

Burden headlines a very strong recruiting class for Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma for 2022.

It also features four-star running back Raleek Brown, of Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), Edmond Santa Fe (Edmond, Okla.) four-star wide receiver Talyn Shettron, Cooper (Lubbock, Texas) four-star linebacker Kobie McKinzie, Garland (Texas) four-star wide receiver Jordan Hudson, West Orange-Stark (Orange, Texas) three-star center Demetrius Hunter and Aledo (Texas) three-star tight end Jason Llewellyn.

Burden's unusual junior spit season isn't unique during an unusual pandemic school year. Senior quarterback Jayce Knapp returned to Wilsonville (Ore.) in the spring after playing the fall season in Texas at Del Valle. As told here, Knapp split time as starter at both schools, throwing for more than 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Luther Burden is averaging more than 25 yards per catch during an unusual split junior season.
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Luther Burden is averaging more than 25 yards per catch during an unusual split junior season.

High school baseball rankings: Friendswood slides to No. 2 in HIGHSCORE Top 25 after St. Mary Prep's 41-game win streak snapped - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball rankings: Friendswood slides to No. 2 in MaxPreps Top 25 after St. Mary Prep's 41-game win streak snapped
St. Mary Prep's rise in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings took a slight detour last week after the Eaglets suffered their first loss of of the season, 2-1 to Saline.

The loss dropped St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) five spots to No. 7 and moved undefeated Friendswood (Texas) to No. 2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), which has finished its season, is at No. 3 while Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) comes in at No. 4.

Buford (Ga.) maintained a firm hold on No. 1 with a first-round sweep of Alexander in the Georgia Class AAAAAA playoffs.

New teams to the rankings this week include Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), which defeated previous No. 22 Columbus North (Ind.), undefeated Puyallup (Wash.) and St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.) and Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)

Dropped out: Winter Park (Fla.); Rancho Bernardo (San Diego); Bryant (Ark.); Rocky Mountain (Meridan, Idaho).

Game of the Week: Baylor 5, Farragut 2. The Red Raiders claimed top team in Tennessee with a 5-2 win over Farragut. Cooper Kinney had a double and a home run to lead the win.

Player of the Week: Jack Walker, Barbe. The senior left-hander posted his second no-hitter of the season, only this time it came in the first round of the playoffs. The victory was also Walker's 12th of the year.

Recruit Watch: Roc Riggio, Thousand Oaks. One of the top outfielders in the Class of 2021, Riggio dominated last week with home runs against Oaks Christian and Westlake.

Game to Watch: Lakeland Christian vs. Calvary Christian. Lakeland Christian handed Calvary Christian its first loss of the season back in February with a 4-2 win. The win allowed Lakeland Christian to join the MaxPreps cifnsTop 25 rankings. The two meet again on Thursday in the Florida Class 3A state playoffs.

Streaks: St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) raised its active win streak to 41 in a row before losing to Saline. The loss ended the streak, including an unbeaten streak of 50 games. The longest active win streak in the nation now reverts back to Webster (Wisc.), which held the longest active streak until last week when St. Mary's Prep took the lead. Webster, which hadn't played a game since June 13, 2019, opened its season on April 27 with an 18-0 win over Unity. Webster also defeated Clayton/Turtle Lake, 3-0, to raise its win streak to 39.
Gunnar Mansfield, Orange Lutheran
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Gunnar Mansfield, Orange Lutheran
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
31-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Alexander 10-0, 7-2.
Stats: Nathan Smith had a double and a home run in the first game while Dylan Lesko picked up his 10th win of the season. Jax Brockett struck out 11 in the second game for the win.
Next: Wed. vs. Pope.

2. Friendswood (Texas)
24-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Texas City, 8-1.
Stats: Izaak Pacheco and Dylan Maxcey both went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double against Texas City.
Next: Postseason TBD.

3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
23-2 | Last week: 4
Results: Season over

4. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
35-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Alexandria, 7-1, 10-0.
Stats: Gavin Guidry struck out 15 in the first game against Alexandria while Grant Comeaux had home run. Jack Walker tossed a no-hitter in the second game, striking out 10. Comeaux and Tyler Barrett each hit a home run.
Next: Fri. vs. Haughton.

5. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
25-2 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Clearwater, 9-0; def. Jefferson, 10-3
Stats: Tyler Corish had a double and a triple against Clearwater. Wes Mendes and Cole Russo each homered against Jefferson.
Next: Thur. vs. Brandon

6. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
26-1 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Lafayette, 10-0.
Stats: Braden Montgomery had a double and two home runs and five RBI against Lafayette.
Next: Thur. vs. South Panola.

7. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
23-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. University of Detroit, 15-0, 15-2; lost to Saline, 2-1; def. Divine Child, 20-8, 11-0.
Stats: Jake Dresselhouse and Ryan McKay each had a double and a home run in the 15-0 win. Dresselhouse also had a home run in the second game against University. Dresselhouse also had a double and home run in a 20-8 win over Divine Child. Thomas Allman had a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the 11-0 win.
Next: Wed. vs. Brother Rice (2)

8. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
16-0 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Oaks Christian, 18-1, 15-2; def. Westlake, 7-1.
Stats: Maxwell Muncy, Roc Riggio, Tyler Jackson and Dylan Jackson all homered in the 18-1 win. Muncy also had a grand slam and Dylan Jackson and Charlie Saum each homered in the 15-2 win. Riggio also homered against Westlake.
Next: Wed./Thur. vs. Westlake

9. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
23-2 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Coral Springs, 10-0; def. Monarch, 11-1.
Stats: Chris Arroyo tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Coral Springs. Jake Clemente went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI against Monarch.
Next: Fri. vs. Santaluces

10. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
17-2 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Mountain Pointe, 8-4; def. Corona del Sol, 19-3; def. O'Connor, 12-8.
Stats: Ryan Kucherak had a home run five RBI against Corona del Sol. Josh Tiedemann drove in five runs and Cholowsky had two home runs against O'Connor
Next: Wed. vs. Mountain Ridge

11. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
29-2-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Hebronville, 11-1; def. Ray, 6-3.
Stats: Walker Janek hit a grand slam and Robbie Spencer added a home run against Ray. Janek also doubled against Hebronville.
Next: Sat. vs. United (Laredo)

12. Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.)
25-1 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Windermere Prep, 5-1; def. Tampa Prep, 10-0.
Stats: Hunter Laurell homered against Windermere Prep. Ty Evans had three doubles and Ryan Jenkins had a double and a triple against Tampa Prep.
Next: Thur. vs. Calvary Christian (Clearwater).

13. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
21-3 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. McCallie, 8-2, 3-2; def. Farragut, 5-2.
Stats: Cooper Kinney had a double and a home run in the 8-2 win. He also had a double and a home run against Farragut.
Next: Tue. vs. Silverdale Academy

14. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
27-4-2 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Westlake, 3-1, lost to Westlake, 2-1
Stats: Kaeden Kent was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the win.
Next: Fri./Sat. vs. Vista Ridge.

15. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
28-3 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Calallen, 4-1.
Stats: Aidan Coleman was 2-for-3 with an RBI against Calallen.
Next: Postseason TBD

16. Pleasant Grove (Utah)
19-0 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Corner Canyon, 19-3, 16-0, 3-2.
Stats: Jordan Pace and Ryker Schow both hit home runs in the 19-3 win. Tate Lewis had two doubles in the second win.
Next: Tues/Thur vs. American Fork

17. Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.)
30 -0 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Haynes Academy, 13-1, 9-0.
Stats: Hunter Ponson had two home runs and five RBI while Caleb Stelly had a home run in the 13-1 win. Ryan Harland had a perfect game with 19 strikeouts in the 9-0 win.
Next: tt

18. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
14-1 | Last week: 24
Results: Def. Clovis East, 15-1, 6-3, 15-1.
Stats: Austin Young went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the first 15-1 win.
Next: Tues. vs. Clovis

19. Roff (Okla.)
30-0 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Cement, 20-0; def. Tipton, 10-0, 10-0.
Stats: Cade Baldridge and Trayson Miller each homered against Cement. Baldridge also had a grand slam against Tipton.
Next: Postseason TBD.

20. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
29-4 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Maryville, 5-3; lost to Pigeon Forge 5-0, lost to Baylor, 5-2.
Stats: Hudson Seiglar had a double and 2 RBI against Maryville.
Next: Postseason TBD

21. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
19-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Columbus North, 4-0; def. Jeffersonville, 7-4; def. Atherton, 17-0.
Stats: Matthew Klein had two doubles against Columbus North. Korbyn Dickerson had two triples against Jeffersonville and two home runs against Atherton. Daylen Lile also homered against Atherton.
Next: Thur. vs. Shelby County.

22. Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.)
17-1-1 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. Southport 10-3, def. Cathedral, 1-0; lost to Trinity (Louisville), 4-0.
Stats: Reese Harmon and Kyler McIntosh both had triples against Southport. Will Baker tossed a two-hitter with nine strikeouts against Cathedral.
Next: Tue. vs. Noblesville; Thur. vs. Greenwood.

23. Puyallup (Wash.)
16-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. South Kitsap, 13-1, 10-1, def. Olympia, 4-3.
Stats: Jacob Yang hit one out in the 13-1 win. Garrett Ringer had two doubles in the 10-1 win.
Next: Postseason TBD

24. St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.)
15-0-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Collegiate, 6-3, 13-1, Miller of Albemarle, 4-2.
Next: Tue. vs. Woodberry Forest.

25. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
16-2 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Servite, 5-1, 1-0, 9-4
Stats: Max Andeel went 3-for-5 in the 9-4 win.
Next: Tue./Wed. vs. Mater Dei.
High school football: Over 50 FBS-bound players fill Mater Dei, St. John Bosco rosters - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Over 50 FBS-bound players fill Mater Dei, St. John Bosco rosters
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) are two of the premier programs in high school football and have produced a boatload talent, especially as of late. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Bru McCoy, Bryce Young, Elias Ricks, JT Daniels and Mase Funa are some notable Monarchs while the Braves have had the likes of Chris Steele, DJ Uiagalelei, Jaiden Woodbey, Josh Rosen, Kourt Williams, Trent McDuffie and Wyatt Davis.

In 2019, Uiagalelei and Young shared the MaxPreps' National Player of the Year award while McCoy won it the year before and Daniels in 2017.

St. John Bosco has finished ranked in the Top 10 five consecutive years and was the 2019 MaxPreps National Champions while Mater Dei has finished ranked in the Top 10 four straight years and have finished either Nos. 1 or 2 in three consecutive seasons (2017, 2018, 2019).

With California moving football to the spring, the two powers weren't included in the MaxPreps Top 25, but there are still plenty of implications when the Braves and Monarchs meet on April 17. There's a good chance the winner will head into next season ranked No. 1.

These are the top two teams in the California Top 25 rankings and the last time they squared off Uiagalelei led the Braves to a wild 39-34 win in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship. The five-star quarterback threw for 446 yards and five touchdowns.

Beaux Collins, Cristian Dixon and Jaylin Davies are notable players who opted out of the spring season so they could enroll early in college, but these two programs still boast a ton of talent. There will be 61 players on the field that are either rated as a three-star recruit or higher on 247Sports composite rankings or have at least one FBS offer. 

NOTE: Rankings are based off 247Sports composite list
Raesjon Davis, Mater Dei
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Raesjon Davis, Mater Dei
Mater Dei (30)

Class of 2021 (9)

Four stars (2)

OLB — Raesjon Davis | 6-1 | 215 | USC
No. 48 overall | No. 4 outside linebacker | No. 3 in California

WR — Kyron Ware-Hudson | 6-1 | 200 | USC
No. 126 overall | No. 22 wide receiver | No. 11 in California

Three stars (7)

RB — Marceese Yetts | 5-8 | 165 | Air Force
No. 1,007 overall | No. 10 all-purpose back | No. 83 in California

OG — Ross Maseuli | 6-2 | 350 | San Diego State
No. 1,019 overall | No. 52 offensive guard | No. 84 in California

C — George Miki-Han | 5-11 | 300 | Colorado State
No. 1,584 overall | No. 20 center | No. 135 in California

DE — Tyler Narayan | 6-1 | 255 | Navy
No. 1,933 overall | No. 111 strong-side defensive end | No. 158 in California

ATH — Champion Johnson | 6-2 | 220 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Oregon and San Diego State

ATH — Shoes Brinkley | 5-9 | 185 | Uncommitted
Has 22 FBS offers led by Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Hawaii and Nevada.

OG — Terrance Caldwell | 6-2 | 290 | Cornell
Has 11 FBS offers, committed to Cornell on Dec. 8.

Class of 2022 (12)

Five stars (1)

CB — Domani Jackson | 6-1 | 185 | USC
No. 3 overall | No. 1 cornerback | No. 1 in California

Four stars (3)

RB — Raleek Brown | 5-8 | 185 | Oklahoma
No. 47 overall | No. 3 running back | No. 2 in California

WR — C.J. Williams | 6-2 | 195 | Uncommitted
No. 71 overall | No. 9 wide receiver | No. 7 in California

OLB — David Bailey | 6-3 | 220 | Uncommitted
No. 82 overall | No. 6 outside linebacker | No. 9 in California

Three stars (8)

ATH — Cooper Barkarte | 6-1 | 180 | Uncommitted
No. 407 overall | No. 38 athlete | No. 29 in California

OLB — Eoghan Kerry | 6-3 | 225 | Uncommitted
No. 640 overall | No. 42 outside linebacker | No. 47 in California

RB — Quincy Craig | 5-9 | 175 | Uncommitted
No. 753 overall | No. 58 running back | No. 52 in California

CB — Josh Hunter | 5-9 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 910 overall | No. 88 cornerback | No. 65 in California

CB — Cameron Sidney | 5-10 | 160 | Uncommitted
No. 925 overall | No. 92 cornerback | No. 66 in California

ILB — Malaki Te'o | 6-1 | 225 | Uncommitted
No. 929 overall | No. 32 inside linebacker | No. 70 in California

ATH — Tanner Salisbury | 6-1 | 200 | Uncommitted
Has 11 FBS offers led by Colorado, Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State.

DT — Sione Moa
No. 89 defensive tackle | No. 131 in California

Class of 2023 (2)

Four stars (1)

ILB — Leviticus Su'a | 6-1 | 210 | Uncommitted
No. 90 overall | No. 3 inside linebacker | No. 7 in California

Three stars (1)

OG — BJ Tolo | 6-1 | 290 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Colorado State, Kansas and Oregon.

Class of 2024 (7)

DL — Aydin Breland | 6-5 | 315 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon and USC.

QB — Elijah Brown | 6-2 | 180 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Pittsburgh.

DB — Zabien Brown | 6-1 | 165 | Uncommitted 
Has six FBS offers led by Michigan, Penn State and USC.

OL — DeAndre Carter | 6-6 | 345 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from USC.

OLB — Ramere Davis | 6-1 | 190 | Uncommitted
Has six FBS offers led by Florida State, Michigan and Oregon.

WR — Jack Ressler | 5-10 | 180 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Hawaii and Pittsburgh.

DL — Kaho Tuihalamaka | 6-5 | 360 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State and Oklahoma State.
Maximus Gibbs, St. John Bosco
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Maximus Gibbs, St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco (31)

Class of 2021 (5)

Three stars (5)

OG — Maximus Gibbs | 6-6 | 385 | USC
No. 905 overall | No. 46 offensive guard | No. 73 in California

OLB — Andrew Simpson | 6-1 | 220 | Kansas
No. 1,144 overall | No. 72 outside linebacker | No. 92 in California

WR — Jode McDuffie | 5-10 | 170 | Sacramento State
No. 1,188 overall | No. 172 wide receiver | No. 96 in California

DE — Ieremia Moore | 6-3 | 265 | California
No. 1,220 overall | No. 79 strong-side defensive end | No. 98 in California

OG — Edward Riley | 5-11 | 265 | Uncommitted
No. 117 offensive guard | No. 238 in California

Class of 2022 (14)

Four stars (4)

OG — Earnest Greene | 6-4 | 330 | Uncommitted
No. 59 overall | No. 2 offensive guard | No. 3 in California

RB — Rayshon Luke | 5-8 | 160 | Uncommitted
No. 184 overall | No. 1 all-purpose back | No. 12 in California

DE — Nathan Burrell | 6-2 | 250 | Uncommitted
No. 332 overall | No. 20 weak-side defensive end | No. 23 in California

S — Sione Hala | 6-2 | 190 | Uncommitted
No. 333 overall | No. 20 safety | No. 24 in California

Three stars (10)

CB — Tayvion Beasley | 5-10 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 419 overall | No. 39 cornerback | No. 30 in California

OLB — Jalen Woods | 6-0 | 210 | Uncommitted
No. 435 overall | No. 33 outside linebacker | No. 32 in California

QB — Katin Houser | 6-3 | 200 | Boise State
No. 483 overall | No. 21 pro-style quarterback | No. 36 in California

RB — Jabari Bates | 5-8 | 160 | Uncommitted
No. 793 overall | No. 59 running back | No. 53 in California

DT — Jairus Satele | 5-11 | 300 | Uncommitted
No. 1,000 overall | No. 69 defensive tackle | No. 74 in California

RB — Michael Hayes | 5-8 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 1,104 overall | No. 82 running back | No. 86 in California

S — Jaxon Harley | 5-9 | 165 | Uncommitted
No. 1,137 overall | No. 73 safety | No. 90 in California

WR — Jaceon Doss | 6-0 | 180 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Kansas and Pittsburgh.

WR — Logan Booher | 6-2 | 200 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Brown and Kansas.

DT — Malachi Finau | 6-4 | 275 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Kansas.

Class of 2023 (8)

Four stars (3)

ATH — Matayo Uiagalelei | 6-6 | 265 | Uncommitted
No. 15 overall | No. 2 weak-side defensive end | No. 3 in California

QB — Pierce Clarkson | 6-0.5 | 205 | Uncommitted
No. 171 overall | No. 4 dual-threat quarterback | No. 12 in California

ATH — Jahlil McClain | 5-10 | 180 | Uncommitted
No. 238 overall | No. 26 athlete | No. 21 in California

Three stars (5)

WR — Raiden Brown | 5-10 | 150 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Arizona State.

LB — Deven Bryant | 6-1 | 210 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Oregon.

S — Ty Lee | 6-3 | 190 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State and University of Southern California.

RB — Nygel Osborne | 5-9 | 160 | Uncommitted
Has offers from Arizona State and Colorado.

OL — Mosiah Talanoa | 6-3 | 350 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Florida Atlantic University.

Class of 2024 (4)

ATH — Jordan Lockhart | 6-3 | 190 | Uncommitted
Has an offer from Maryland.

ILB — Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa | 6-2 | 205 | Uncommitted
Has seven FBS offers led by Michigan and Oregon.

CB — Marcelles Williams | 5-11 | 170 | Uncommitted
Has 10 FBS offers led by Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon and USC.

S — Peyton Woodyard | 6-1 | 175 | Uncommitted
Has 10 FBS offers led by Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan, Penn State and USC.
High school basketball: Chet Holmgren, TyTy Washington among five finalists for HIGHSCORE National Player of the Year - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Chet Holmgren, TyTy Washington among five finalists for MaxPreps National Player of the Year
Kevin Love, Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball are a few of the high school basketball stars to earn MaxPreps National Player of the Year since the award was instituted in 2006. The list of candidates for the 2020-21 honor has been narrowed to five based on team success and individual excellence throughout the season.

Kennedy Chandler of Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), Daimion Collins of Atlanta (Texas), Jalen Duren of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy (Minnetonka, Minn.) and TyTy Washington of AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.) are the five finalists for 2020-21 MaxPreps National Player of the Year.

Three of those players — Chandler, Duren and Washington — will be trying to lead their respective teams to a title this week at GEICO Nationals. Holmgren is in the hunt for a state title in Minnesota while Collins' season is already in the books in Texas.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year will be announced April 13 in conjunction with the release of the MaxPreps All-America Team.

Read on for a look at each candidate's resume this season.

MaxPreps National Player of the Year finalists

Height: 6-foot-1 | Class: Senior | Position: Guard | Status: Signed with Tennessee
Stats: 14.8 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game in NIBC play
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: No. 3
Chandler is shooting 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 94 percent from the free throw line. Along with his incredible efficiency, Chandler is the catalyst for the Buffaloes as the five-star guard has displayed his elite playmaking ability throughout the season. Chandler has an opportunity to put a bow on his senior season at GEICO Nationals.
Kennedy Chandler, Sunrise Christian Academy
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Kennedy Chandler, Sunrise Christian Academy
Daimion Collins, Atlanta (Texas)
Height: 6-9 | Class: Senior | Position: Forward | Status: Signed with Kentucky
Stats: 35.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 6.2 blocked shots per game
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: Not ranked
Regarded as the No. 11 prospect overall in the Class of 2021 by 247Sports, Collins is the only player among the finalists who will not have an opportunity to bolster his resume as Atlanta has already completed its season.
Daimion Collins, Atlanta
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Daimion Collins, Atlanta
Jalen Duren, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Height: 6-10 | Class: Junior | Position: Center | Status: Uncommitted
Stats: 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game in NIBC play
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: No. 1
Regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2022, Duren is shooting 63 percent from the field and helped Montverde Academy go 21-1 leading up to this week's GEICO Nationals.
Jalen Duren, Montverde Academy
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Jalen Duren, Montverde Academy
Chet Holmgren, Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Height: 7-0 | Class: Senior | Position: Center | Status: Uncommitted
Stats: 20.7 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.2 blocked shots and 4.5 assists per game
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: No. 9
The top-ranked senior prospect continues to blossom offensively and is the most dominant shot blocker at this level in many years. Friday in a 73-60 playoff victory over Totino-Grace, Holmgren finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocked shots.
Chet Holmgren, Minnehaha Academy
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Chet Holmgren, Minnehaha Academy
TyTy Washington , AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.)
Height: 6-3 | Class: Senior | Position: Guard | Status: Uncommitted
Stats: 24.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game
Team MaxPreps Top 25 ranking: No. 2
Has helped put AZ Compass Prep on the national map this year. The four-star senior put together a number of strong performances in big games, including averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest in three games at the Montverde Academy Invitational. The Dragons open play at GEICO Nationals on Thursday against No. 11 Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah.).
TyTy Washington, AZ Compass Prep
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TyTy Washington, AZ Compass Prep
Past MaxPreps National Players of the Year
2020 — Cade Cunningham, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2019 — Sharife Cooper, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
2018 — R.J. Barrett, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2017 — Michael Porter Jr., Nathan Hale (Seattle)
2016 — Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills (Calif.)
2015 — Ben Simmons, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
2014 — Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2013 — Jabari Parker, Simeon (Chicago)
2012 — Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
2011 — Austin Rivers, Winter Park (Fla.)
2010 — Harrison Barnes, Ames (Iowa)
2009 — Derrick Favors, South Atlanta (Atlanta)
2008 — Brandon Jennings, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
2007 — Kevin Love, Lake Oswego (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
2006 — Greg Oden, Lawrence North (Indianapolis)