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2020 MaxPreps High School Football Sophomore All-America Team
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized the nation's top high school football players at the conclusion of the season. Past members of the MaxPreps High School Football Sophomore All-America Team include Arik Armstead (2009), Derrick Henry (2010), Deshaun Watson (2011), Christian Kirk (2012), Devin White (2013), Tee Higgins (2014) and Trevor Lawrence (2015).

Sophomore of the Year selection Lebbeus Overton of Milton (Ga.) highlights this year's team Sophomore All-America Team. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end led the state of Georgia in sacks with 21.5 to go along with 70 tackles and 38 tackles for loss.

Overton helped Milton go 11-1 and reach the AAAAAAA quarterfinals. He's also a contributor for the school's nationally-ranked basketball team.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college and professional level is not a primary consideration.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
First Team Offense

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 190
Threw for over 3,300 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing over 70 percent of his passes for one of the top teams in Georgia. Added over 300 yards rushing and five more scores for the AAAAAA semifinalist.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 180
Rushed for over 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns to lead the Dragons to their first state championship appearance since 2011.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 185
Finished his sophomore year with 1,790 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns in nine games.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 205
Helped the Chaparrals to a 6A Division 1 state championship racking up over 1,100 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
The top-rated wide receiver in the Class of 2023 accounted for nearly 1,000 total yards and 10 touchdowns playing against Florida's best.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 210
The matchup nightmare for opposing defenses is also a standout basketball and baseball player.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 305
Made a huge impact on the offensive line for the nation's No. 1 team.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 300
Dominated opposing defensive linemen during his sophomore campaign.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 275
The top-rated offensive lineman in New Jersey from the Class of 2023 stood out on both sides of the ball playing.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 315
Had an impressive sophomore season and already has over 35 FBS offers.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 300
Recently landed an offer from Ohio State and is one of the most athletic and physical offensive linemen in the country.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 190
One of the best running backs in the country regardless of class rushed for over 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns. Also made an impact on defense and is one of the top receiving backs in the country.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190
Connected on 7-of-9 field goals, including a clutch 51-yarder to send a game against Forney to triple overtime earlier in the season.

First Team Defense

Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 245
The National Sophomore of the Year led the Peach State with 21.5 sacks. Added 70 tackles and 38 tackles for loss.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 255
Helped lead the Demons to a AAAAA state title and racked up 59 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 240
Dominated against the best competition in New Jersey finishing his sophomore year with 15 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in a shortened season.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 245
Posted 85 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks and forced four fumbles playing in Georgia's largest classification.

LB Malik Bryant, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220
The Ascenders are loaded with the top talent and you could make a strong case the sophomore linebacker was the best in IMG's corps.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 220
Helped the Raiders to their first state title since 2002 and made a huge impact on defense for the No. 8 team in the country.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 220
An impact player for the three-time defending 6A state champs and No. 4 team in high school football.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180
The top-rated cornerback in the Class of 2023 racked up 80 tackles and four interceptions for the No. 6 team in the country and back-to-back 7A champs.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 175
Stood out on defense and special teams playing against Arizona's best.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 180
One of the top prospects from the Class of 2023 finished his sophomore season with 60-plus tackles and four interceptions.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 175
Was targeted a lot during his sophomore year because of five-star Denver Harris on the other side of the field and held his own.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190
The top-rated outside linebacker in the Class of 2023 dominated on both sides of the ball.

P Alex Davis, Timber Creek (Orlando)
Height: 6-1  | Weight: 190
Finished his sophomore year averaging 43.9 yards per punt and also connected on all four field goal attempts.

Second Team Offense

Height: 6-3.5 | Weight: 200
Last year's National Freshman of the Year took on more of a leadership role during his sophomore season and accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of total offense and 27 touchdowns.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 185
Rushed for over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns while leading the Patriots to a 5A championship and spot at No. 21 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Height: 5-8 | Weight: 180
Finished with 2,700-plus yards rushing and 44 touchdowns for the Class 3A runners-up.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 170
Accounted for over 700 total yards and 11 touchdowns for one of the premier programs in Texas.

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 170
The 2023 Vanderbilt baseball commit was named to the 7A all-state first team by the Alabama Sports Writer Association after hauling in 53 receptions for 1,063 yards and nine scores.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 220
A standout player on both sides of the ball checks in as the top-rated prospect in the state and No. 16 overall on 247Sports.

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 315
Held his own as a sophomore playing against the best competition in the country.

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 280
Did not allow a sack and already has offers from Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas.

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 270
A first team selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on the 6A squad after a dominant sophomore campaign.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 305
The only sophomore to be selected on the 6A Alabama Sports Writer Association first team already has over 15 FBS offers.

OL Kolt De La Torre, Ryan (Denton, Texas)
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 265
Started at center for one of the top teams in the country and played a major role for the 5A Division 1 champs.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
The top-rated player in Minnesota from the Class of 2023 impacts the game at a high level on both sides of the football.

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 160
Connected on 7-of-11 field goals, including a season long of 52.

Second Team Defense

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 245
Helped the Cardinals to the Division 1 semifinals and has already made a name for himself in Ohio in two seasons.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 250
Made a huge impact on defense for the back-to-back 6A state champs.

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 270
The top-rated defensive tackle in the Class of 2023 dominated in the trenches during his sophomore year.

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 225
Selected on the 7A Alabama Sports Writer Association first team after racking up 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.

LB Jordan Hall, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 225
Shined on defense in his first season at IMG Academy.

LB David Vadala, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 205
Led one of the best defenses in the country in tackles (78) and tackles for loss (23). Added 11 sacks, good for second-most for the 5A champs.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 240
Racked up 100-plus tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, forced five fumbles and had an interception.

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 165
Helped the Tigers to the 4A semifinals and finished with four interceptions.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 170
Finished with eight interceptions and has landed over 20 FBS offers.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 175
Helped Mustangs to a runner-up finish in 6A and is one of the best all-around defensive backs in the Class of 2023.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 175
Played a major role on defense for the No. 2 team in the country and AAAAAAA champs.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 190
The top-rated prospect in Mississippi made a huge impact on both sides of the ball.

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 155
One of the top punters in the Class of 2023 had nearly half of his punts land inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Braylin Presley named 2020 OFFICIAL Oklahoma High School Football Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Braylin Presley named 2020 MaxPreps Oklahoma High School Football Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school football. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 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.

Braylin Presley of Bixby is the 2020 MaxPreps Oklahoma High School Football Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound junior running back piled up 2,767 all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns to help the Spartans go 11-0 and win the Class 6A state championship.

Presley ran for 1,744 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 7.9 yards per carry. He ran for a season high 305 yards and six scores Oct. 2 against Carl Albert and help Bixby bring home the state crown by tallying 218 yards in a 17-14 win over Choctaw.

He was also a major factor in the passing game, making 57 catches for 727 yards and 10 scores. Presley tacked on nearly 300 more yards on returns.

247Sports reports that the Bixby star has already earned 13 college offers, including Baylor, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which will be released Jan. 29.
Braylin Presley get into the open against Choctaw in the Class 6A title game.
Photo by David Stacy
Braylin Presley get into the open against Choctaw in the Class 6A title game.
Texas high school football: Klein Cain's four-star running back Jaydon Blue skipping senior season - OFFICIAL
Texas high school football: Klein Cain's four-star running back Jaydon Blue skipping senior season
Klein Cain's (Houston) four-star running back Jaydon Blue announced via Twitter on Thursday that he's forgoing his senior high school football season so he can focus on academics and the next level. The 2022 Texas commit was a first-team MaxPreps Junior All-America selection after rushing for 2,155 yards and 30 touchdowns in 11 games last fall.

He helped lead the Hurricanes to an 8-3 record and rushed for at least 200 yards in six games. Blue accounted for over 1,600 yards on the ground and 16 scores as sophomore.

"Football is a brutal sport, and the wear and tear associated with the RB position is undeniable... I plan to take this time to focus on my academics while enhancing my off-field training," Blue stated on Twitter. "This is an incremental step in hopes of one day fulfilling my NFL dream."

Blue showed during his high school career that he has a bright future ahead to potentially be a big-time running at the college and NFL level. He was the top-rated running back on 247Sports for the Class of 2022 and was the No. 31 overall prospect.

He leads a strong 2022 class at Texas and committed to the Longhorns a month after Steve Sarkisian was hired in January.

Other notable commits include Serra (Gardena, Calif.) four-star quarterback Maalik Murphy, Aledo (Texas) four-star safety Bryan Allen Jr., Lewisville (Texas) four-star wide receiver Armani Winfield, Memorial (Port Arthur, Texas) four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau and North Shore (Houston) four-star defensive tackle Kristopher Ross.

Last season, some seniors opted out of playing because of the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of what a season would look like. Additionally, some states moved the season to the spring and a lot of top-recruits enrolled in college early instead of playing their senior year.

It will be interesting to see if Blue starts a new trend in high school football with more top recruits electing to sit out their senior season to get ready for the next level and eliminate the chance of suffering a serious or career-ending injury.
Jaydon Blue, Klein Cain
Photo by Ken Murray
Jaydon Blue, Klein Cain

Florida junior varsity high school volleyball team wins district title after replacing quarantined varsity squad - OFFICIAL
Florida junior varsity high school volleyball team wins district title after replacing quarantined varsity squad
We've seen a lot of unusual high school sports stories pop up due to the ongoing pandemic. But we haven't seen anything quite like what happened Thursday in Florida, where the junior varsity team at Steinbrenner (Lutz) was forced to replace the varsity in the Class 7A District 13 championship game Thursday – and won.

Sarah Hollenbeck of WFTS Tampa Bay reports that Steinbrenner's varsity team was placed in quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure. The Warriors had the option to forfeit or call up the junior varsity squad en masse to face Palm Harbor University.

Steinbrenner (16-7) elected to give it a go with the JV. The Warriors lost the first set 20-25, rallied to win the second 25-22 then fell again in the third 23-25. With its backs against the wall, the Tampa-area school prevailed 25-22 and 15-13 in the final two sets. Here's the dramatic final sequence:
Thanks to the efforts of the late replacements, Steinbrenner enters the Class 7A state tournament as the top seed from District 13 and is scheduled to face Sickles (Tampa) next Friday. According to Hollenbeck, the varsity team is expected to be available for that contest.

Palm Harbor University also advances and will meet Plant on Wednesday. There is an outside shot the two teams could meet again in the regional semifinals.
Rori Harmon named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Texas High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Rori Harmon named 2020-21 MaxPreps Texas High School Girls 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.

Rori Harmon of Cypress Creek (Houston) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Texas High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-7 senior guard led the Cougars to a 32-1 record, a trip to the Class 6A championship game and the No. 15 ranking in the country.

Harmon averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.2 steals per game this season. She hit 37 percent of her 3-pointers and had a 3.2 assist/turnover ratio.

In her four years at the Houston school, Cypress Creek ran up an incredible 141-13 record.

Harmon is a McDonald's All-American and is regarded as the No. 10 prospect in the Class of 2021 by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She will play for Texas next season.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
Rori Harmon in action during Cypress Creek's Class 6A state tournament run.
Photo by Farrah Sheeren
Rori Harmon in action during Cypress Creek's Class 6A state tournament run.