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What will high school football look like in the fall?
North Carolina and Rhode Island conclude the highly unusual 2020-21 high school football season with championships this weekend. Once those states are a wrap, attention will shift to the fall with plenty of questions and speculation about what exactly that will look like across the country.

Without another major surge in COVID-19 numbers, prep football in the fall should look all but identical to pre-2020 according to most state associations and federations. How many fans will be in attendance is still very much up in the air.

"Assuming everything continues as is, we plan a full and regular school year of education-based athletics in 2021-22, including football," California Interscholastic Federation Executive Director Ron Nocetti said. "We'll know more about fan allowance as we get closer to our start dates."

A good number of states already — 35 of the 50 — powered through with football last fall (Vermont played touch and not tackle) and all but four of those states held state championships. Alaska, Minnesota, West Virginia and Wisconsin stopped short of championship games due to the pandemic.

To get to the fall finish line took much resolve. That may have been exemplified best by Michigan, which first moved football to the spring, then back to the fall only to delay the season 42 days starting in November due to surging COVID-19 numbers. The state eventually crowned 10 champions by Jan. 23.

The states that completed fall seasons are ready and eager to go, just tweaking pandemic protocols which will likely be loosened significantly from 2020.

"Hopefully we're getting closer and closer to normal as possible," De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) coach Justin Alumbaugh said. "We'd be naive to think it's going back completely to old times. We still need to address locker room issues. And testing needs to be more streamlined and easier. There surely is a lot more administrative work on coaches than there used to be."

California is one of the 11 states that played its 2020 season in the spring of 2021. Of those states, only three played for state titles. All spring teams have trickier off-seasons than normal with summer conditioning only a few weeks away.

Of the four states that didn't play a down of tackle football in 2020-21, Hawaii is the only one to hold spring scrimmages, including one last week between perennial state powers St. Louis (Honolulu) and Punahou (Honolulu). It took three days for St. Louis to complete 150 COVID-19 tests, all which came back negative, according to its coach. 

"We got to see all the young guys play and seniors got to play and wrap up their year," St. Louis coach Ron Lee told Paul Honda of Hawaii Prep World. "Kids are so happy we had this. I feel sorry for other schools that didn't have what we did, being out there with their friends. They were having fun. They've learned how to handle disappointment."

St. Louis will meet Kamehameha Kapalama (Honolulu) this week in another scrimmage, which indicates a green light for an Aug. 6 start date for the fall season. That would put Hawaii in the leadoff spot, like normal, for the 2021 fall season.

Utah took those reins last season, kicking off the 2020 season on Aug. 13. The season went largely unscathed, finishing off with five state championship games in late November. With its entire schedule planned for 2021, including another Aug. 13 opening, Utah once again has its foot firmly on the floor board.
Crimson Cliffs helped Utah kick off the 2020 season with an opening game against Manti.
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Crimson Cliffs helped Utah kick off the 2020 season with an opening game against Manti.
Like many states, Utah is seeing significant realignment, including the re-addition of 1A football, giving it six classifications. It's also seeing a larger-than-normal turnover at the top with 16 new head coaches in the state, according to the Utah Desert News.

That national trend is likely residue of burnout from navigating through the pandemic, coaches say.

"It seems like (2020) never really started or really ended," said Alumbaugh, whose six-game season ended April 17.

Said Nocetti: "So much more is being put on the plate of these coaches. I would hope that communities would be even more supportive and appreciative of high school coaches during this time. They need it. That's the only way they will continue to stay longer."

The passion for football is never going away in Texas.

Spring football is back in the Lone Star State after being canceled in 2020. The University Interscholastic League allows 18 spring training practices over 34 days, giving teams the opportunity for scrimmages or even a spring game. Programs still must follow the UIL's own risk mitigation guidelines, but things may be loosening in areas concerning specific mask mandates and dressing room policies.

Some of the larger schools, which had regular seasons moved back a month, moved back their spring workouts. Others, like defending Class 5A-I champion Ryan (Denton), opted out of spring ball completely. All of that points to the fall season starting right on time and looking back to normal.

On Wednesday, the UIL also sent a release that summer marching band and strength and conditioning activities may begin immediately following the end of the 2020-21 school year.
Westlake quarterback Cade Klubnik will help his team defend a Texas 6A-I championship in 2021.
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Westlake quarterback Cade Klubnik will help his team defend a Texas 6A-I championship in 2021.
Other state updates:

* Georgia started with a few hiccups to start 2020, but primarily proceeded as normal. The 2021 season is aligned as previous years: Teams are allowed one spring and one fall scrimmage (or two in the fall), acclimation period begins July 26 and first day of practice in pads is Aug. 2, first games are Aug. 20 and playoffs begin Nov. 12.

* In Florida, beyond massive new districts, regions and reclassifications for 2021, the state's football season should look much like 2019 and prior. The playoff system returns to district play for teams in Class 5A through 8A.

* In Tennessee, the TSSAA board voted to allow summer team camps and the return of 7-on-7 football, as long as COVID-19 protocols are in place. Those activities had been suspended since the pandemic began. The state's high school sports governing body also changed its state championship venue for two seasons to Chattanooga's Finley Stadium, which seats 22,000, Concerns over locker room space and use — with so many games — were addressed and dismissed.

* In Ohio, a positive was gleaned from adjustments to the pandemic — increasing its playoff format. Last fall, the OHSAA allowed every team to enter the playoffs due to the shortened season. It was met with overwhelmingly positive feedback, according to OHSAA executive director Doug Ute. Thus it expanded its playoff qualifiers in 2021, from pre-2020 season, to 16 schools per region.
2021 NFL Draft: State-by-state look at where all draftees played high school football - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: State-by-state look at where all draftees played high school football
For the third time in four years, Florida had the most former high school football players selected in the NFL Draft. The Sunshine State had 37 players taken over seven rounds this year, while also grabbing the most in 2018 and 2019.

The Florida total was aided by record-breaking numbers from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), both of which shattered the old mark of four players taken in one draft.

The Ascenders set the bar at seven selections while the Patriots finished with six.

Texas had 33 players selected, the same number as in 2020, which it led the draft for most picks.

Georgia (21), California (19), Louisiana (13) and North Carolina (10) were the only other states that had at least 10 players selected.

In total, 37 states had at least one player selected along with one from the District of Columbia and two from Canada.

In addition to American Heritage and IMG Academy, there were 14 other schools that had multiple selections.

The three from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) gives the Raiders 26 alumni being selected in the draft since 2001, the most by any high school during that span.

Allen (Texas), Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas), Lawrence Central (Indianapolis), Lincoln (Gahanna, Ohio), Northwestern (Miami), Parkway (Bossier City, La.), Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas), Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and Westlake (Austin, Texas) all had two selections. 
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama — 6
Deonte Brown — Austin (Decatur)
Kadarius Toney — Blount (Eight Mile)
Nico Collins — Clay-Chalkville (Pinson)
Evan McPherson — Fort Payne
K.J. Britt — Oxford
Seth Williams — Paul W. Bryant (Cottondale)

Arizona — 1
Roy Lopez — Mesquite (Gilbert)

Arkansas — 1
Tre Norwood — Northside (Fort Smith)

California — 19
Najee Harris — Antioch
Jevon Holland — Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland)
Alijah Vera-Tucker — Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland)
Camryn Bynum — Centennial (Corona)
Aaron Banks — El Cerrito
Demetric Felton — Great Oak (Temecula)
Nahshon Wright — James Logan (Union City)
Amon-Ra St. Brown — Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Jermar Jefferson — Narbonne (Harbor City)
Drew Dalman — Palma (Salinas)
Darren Hall — Rancho Cucamonga
Thomas Graham Jr. — Rancho Cucamonga
Chris Wilcox — Roosevelt (Eastvale)
Deommodore Lenoir — Salesian (Los Angeles)
Keith Taylor — Servite (Anaheim)

Connecticut — 2
Ben Mason — Newtown
Jason Pinnock — Windsor

District of Columbia - 1
Jaylen Twyman — Woodson

Florida - 37
Khalil Herbert — American Heritage (Plantation)
Anthony Schwartz — American Heritage (Plantation)
Tedarrel Slaton — American Heritage (Plantation)
Pat Surtain II — American Heritage (Plantation)
Marco Wilson — American Heritage (Plantation)
Janarius Robinson — Bay (Panama City)
Chris Rumph II — Buchholz (Gainesville)
Gregory Rousseau — Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah)
Rashad Weaver — Cooper City
Aaron Robinson — Deerfield Beach
Andre Cisco — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Thomas Fletcher — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Robert Hainsey — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Joshua Kaindoh — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Tre' McKitty — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Kellen Mond — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Greg Newsome II — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Jamien Sherwood — Jensen Beach
Shemar Jean-Charles — Miramar
Michael Carter — Navarre
Tutu Atwell — Northwestern (Miami)
Rachad Wildgoose — Northwestern (Miami)
James Wiggins — South Dade (Homestead)
Shawn Davis — Southridge (Miami)
Josh Palmer — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
Asante Samuel Jr. — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
Tyree Gillespie — Vanguard (Ocala)
Tre Nixon — Viera
Stone Forsythe — West Orange (Winter Garden)

Georgia — 21
Jaycee Horn — Alpharetta
Trevor Lawrence — Cartersville
Eric Stokes — Eastside (Covington)
D'Ante Smith — Grovetown
Justin Fields — Harrison (Kennesaw)
Richard LeCounte — Liberty County (Hinesville)
Jordan Smith — Lithonia
Jamin Davis — Long County (Ludowici)
Azeez Ojulari — Marietta
Tay Gowan — Newton (Covington)
Cameron Sample — Shiloh (Snellville)
Michael Carter II — South Paulding (Douglasville)
Trey Sermon — Sprayberry (Marietta)
Ben Cleveland — Stephens County (Toccoa)
Rashod Bateman — Tift County (Tifton)
Ernest Jones — Ware County (Waycross)
Tommy Tremble — Wesleyan (Norcross)

Idaho — 1
Tommy Togiai — Highland (Pocatello)

Illinois — 3
Royce Newman — Nashville
Kendrick Green — Peoria
Nick Niemann — Sycamore

Indiana — 6
Chris Evans — Ben Davis (Indianapolis)
D'Wayne Eskridge — Bluffton
Pete Werner — Cathedral (Indianapolis)
Ben Skowronek  — Homestead (Fort Wayne)
Cameron McGrone — Lawrence Central (Indianapolis)

Iowa — 1
Spencer Brown — Lenox

Kansas — 3
Wyatt Herbert — Shawnee Heights (Tecumseh)
Teven Jenkins — Topeka
Isaiahh Loudermilk — West Elk (Howard)

Kentucky — 4
Derrick Barnes — Holy Cross (Covington)
Landon Young — Lafayette (Lexington)
Nate Hobbs — Male (Louisville)
Rondale Moore — Trinity (Louisville)

Louisiana — 13
DeVonta Smith — Amite
Racey McMath — Edna Karr (New Orleans)
Elijah Mitchell — Erath
Robert Rochell — Fair Park (Shreveport)
Travis Etienne — Jennings
Marquez Stevenson — Northwood (Shreveport)
Tyler Shelvin — Notre Dame (Crowley)
Terrace Marshall Jr. — Parkway (Bossier City)
Israel Mukuamu — Parkway (Bossier City)
Kelvin Joseph — Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)

Maryland — 6
Victor Dimukeje — Boys Latin (Baltimore)
Jake Funk — Damascus
Quincy Roche — New Town (Owings Mills)
Christian Darrisaw — Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro)
Zech McPhearson — Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro)

Massachusetts — 5
Pat Freiermuth — Brooks (North Andover)
Ifeatu Melifonwu — Grafton
Noah Gray — Leominster
Larnel Coleman — St. Clement (Medford)

Michigan — 8
Ambry Thomas — King (Detroit)
Dez Fitzpatrick — Mott (Waterford)
Daelin Hayes — Skyline (Ann Arbor)
Adetokunbo Ogundeji — Walled Lake Central (Walled Lake)

Minnesota — 4
Dillon Radunz— Becker
Tommy Doyle — Edina
Trey Lance — Marshall

Mississippi — 4
Kylin Hill — Columbus
Marquiss Spencer — Greenwood
Brandin Echols — Southaven
Kenneth Gainwell — Yazoo County (Yazoo City)

Missouri — 4
William Bradley-King — Hogan Prep Charter (Kansas City)
Ronnie Perkins — Lutheran North (St. Louis)
Zach Davidson — Webb City

Nevada — 3
Brevin Jordan — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Rhamondre Stevenson — Centennial (Las Vegas)
Tony Fields II — Desert Pines (Las Vegas)

New Jersey — 4
Will Fries — Cranford
Frank Darby — Lincoln (Jersey City)
Ihmir Smith-Marsette — Weequahic (Newark)

New York — 2
Isaiah McDuffie — Bennett (Buffalo)

North Carolina — 10
Hamsah Nasirildeen — Concord
Chazz Surratt — East Lincoln (Denver)
Cornell Powell — J.H. Rose (Greenville)
Caleb Farley — Maiden
Larry Rountree III — Millbrook (Raleigh)
Divine Deablo — Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem)
Alim McNeill — Sanderson (Raleigh)
Landon Dickerson — South Caldwell (Hudson)
Javonte Williams — Wallace-Rose Hill (Teachey)

Ohio — 9
Jackson Carman — Fairfield
Camaron Cheeseman — Lincoln (Gahanna)
Jonathon Cooper — Lincoln (Gahanna)
Josh Myers — Miamisburg
Luke Farrell — Perry
Liam Eichenberg — St. Ignatius (Cleveland)
Darrick Forrest — Walnut Ridge (Columbus)
Phil Hoskins — Whitmer (Toledo)

Oklahoma — 3
Zaven Collins — Hominy
Creed Humphrey — Shawnee
Tre Brown — Union (Tulsa)

Oregon - 6
Marlon Tuipulotu — Central (Independence)
Talanoa Hufanga — Crescent Valley (Corvallis)
Osa Odighizuwa — David Douglas (Portland)
John Bates — Lebanon
Elijah Molden — West Linn

Pennsylvania — 8
Mark Webb — Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
Michal Menet — Exeter Township (Reading)
Micah Parsons — Harrisburg
Jimmy Morrissey — La Salle College (Wyndmoor)
Christian Barmore — Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)

Rhode Island — 1

South Carolina — 3
Tarron Jackson — Silver Bluff (Aiken)
Pressley Harvin III — Sumter
Shi Smith — Union County (Union)

South Dakota — 1
Matt Farniok — Washington (Sioux Falls)

Tennessee — 5
Quinton Bohanna — Cordova
Patrick Johnson — Notre Dame (Chattanooga)
JaCoby Stevens — Oakland (Murfreesboro)

Texas — 33
Levi Onwuzurike — Allen
William Sherman — Allen
Samuel Cosmi — Atascocita (Humble)
Milton Williams — Crowley
Joshuah Bledsoe — Dekaney (Houston)
Jaelon Darden — Eisenhower (Houston)
Walker Little — Episcopal (Bellaire)
Jaylen Waddle — Episcopal (Bellaire)
Jack Anderson — Frisco
Kene Nwangwu — Heritage (Frisco)
Baron Browning — Kennedale
Buddy Johnson — Kimball (Dallas)
Brenden Jaimes — Lake Travis (Austin)
Bobby Brown III — Lamar (Arlington)
Nick Bolton — Lone Star (Frisco)
Paulson Adebo — Mansfield
Kyle Trask — Manvel
Joseph Ossai — Oak Ridge (Conroe)
Grant Stuard — Oak Ridge (Conroe)
Brandon Stephens — Plano
Dayo Odeyingbo — Ranchview (Irving)
Earnest Brown IV — Ryan (Denton)
Jonathan Marshall — Shepherd
Tylan Wallace — South Hills (Fort Worth)
Caden Sterns — Steele (Cibolo)
Ta'Quon Graham — Temple
Dan Moore Jr. — West Brook (Beaumont)
Sam Ehlinger — Westlake (Austin)
Kylen Granson — Westlake (Austin)
Payton Turner — Westside (Houston)

Utah — 7
Jay Tufele — Bingham (South Jordan)
Brady Christensen — Bountiful
Zach Wilson — Corner Canyon (Draper)
Penei Sewell — Desert Hills (St. George)
Khyiris Tonga — Granger (West Valley City)

Virginia — 6
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah — Bethel (Hampton)
Patrick Jones II — Grassfield (Chesapeake)
Dazz Newsome — Hampton
Carlos Basham Jr. — Northside (Roanoke)
Josh Ball — Stafford (Falmouth)

Washington — 1
Joe Tryon — Hazen (Renton)

Wisconsin — 4
Cole Van Lanen — Bay Port (Green Bay)
Quinn Meinerz — Hartford
Daviyon Nixon — Indian Trail (Kenosha)

Canada - 2
Chuba Hubbard — Bev Facey (Alberta)
Benjamin St-Juste — Cegep du Vieux Montreal (Quebec)
Marco Wilson (1) was one of six NFL Draft picks from American Heritage.
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Marco Wilson (1) was one of six NFL Draft picks from American Heritage.
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected
Coming off a 2020 national championship crowned by MaxPreps, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) added another impressive feat once the 2021 NFL Draft concluded in Cleveland. They had seven players selected breaking the record for most picks by a high school in a single draft. 

The selection of tight end Tre' McKitty by the Los Angeles Chargers late the third round gave IMG Academy its fifth former player, breaking the previous mark of four.

The Ascenders had two more players selected during the final day of the draft when the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Joshua Kaindoh with the last pick of the fourth round at No. 144. Long snapper Thomas Fletcher was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round with the 222nd pick.

The previous record was four set by the same Ascenders (in 2020) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2014.

Cornerback Greg Newsome II started IMG's run on Thursday with his selection by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (26th pick overall). The rest of the Ascenders went in the third round on Friday. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive back Andre Cisco with the first pick at No. 65 and Minnesota promptly went after quarterback Kellen Mond at No. 66. Defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay chose offensive guard Robert Hainsey at No. 95 and McKitty finished things off Friday for the Ascenders at No. 97.
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
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Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
Cisco, Fletcher, Hainsey, Kaindoh, McKitty and Mond all played on IMG Academy's 2016 team that went 11-0 and finished No. 3 in the MaxPreps national Top 25. The Ascenders had notable wins that season against Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.), but their biggest victory came in California, 50-49, against Centennial (Corona) in one of the best high school football games over the last decade.

Cisco and Newsome were part of the 2017 IMG team that went 9-0 and finished No. 2 in the nation. Over the last three drafts, 13 former Ascenders have had their names called at the draft, including Grant Delpit, KJ Hamler, K.J. Osborne and Cesar Ruiz, all in 2020, after Hjalte Froholdt and Isaac Nauta were picked in 2019.

American Heritage (Plantation) finished the draft with the second most selections of all-time with six.

Patrick Surtain II was the first player selected from Florida at No. 9 overall by the Denver Broncos. Tyson Campbell went to Jacksonville at No. 33 and Cleveland selected Anthony Schwartz at No. 91. Marco Wilson became the third defensive back from the Patriots selected in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 136. Tedarrell Slaton was selected in the fifth round and Khalil Herbert went in round six.

National power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was the only other school with at least three players selected. Elijah Moore and Asante Samuel Jr. were both taken in the second round while Josh Palmer went in round three. The Raiders entered the 2020 season with most high school alums on NFL rosters with 11. 

Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history - HIGHSCORE
Virginia crowns first spring football champions in high school history
Like any other year, the Virginia High School League crowned six state football champions Saturday afternoon in six different classifications. But these were clearly different.  From all records MaxPreps has researched, Virginia is the first state to ever award football championships in the spring.

The Riverhead Gladiators were officially the first ones crowned, with a 65-29 victory over the Galaxy Maroon Tide in the Class 1 title game. A 34-point second-point explosion led the Gladiators to their 10th straight win of the season. They outscored opponents 483-119 on the season. 

Perennial East power Oscar Smith (8-0) followed with a 62-21 Class 6 title win over South County, and Stone Bridge (8-0) took the Class 5 crown with a 13-10 overtime win over Highland Springs. (See all the champions below).

The VHSL was one of 15 states to move the traditional fall 2020 season to the spring due to COVID-19 pandemic. Of those states, 11 decided on abbreviated spring seasons, with just three opting for playoffs. North Carolina and Rhode Island have scheduled state championship games next week.

According to MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland, no states have ever held football championships in the spring, although one in California was scheduled in 1919. That title game was called off when Orange League champion Fullerton disbanded a month before the scheduled contest.
Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
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Oscar Smith turned around a loss in the 2019 VHSL Class 6 title game with a resounding 65-21 win over the Stallions on Saturday.
2021 Spring VHSL State Football Championships

Class 1Full bracket can be found here - 2020 Virginia High School Football Playoff Brackets: VHSL Class 1
High school football: Valdosta parts ways with controversial head coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta parts ways with controversial head coach Rush Propst
The Valdosta Daily Times was among those reporting Thursday that controversial high school football coach Rush Propst will not return to Valdosta (Ga.) next season. In February, he was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with.

The deposition is part of a lawsuit brought on the City of Valdosta Board of Education by plaintiff Leah Rodemaker, wife of former Valdosta football coach Alan Rodemaker, who was let go after the 2019 season.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy over numerous in-house allegations, including grade-tampering and an admitted extra-marital affair.

He was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property. Reports indicate he gave pills to students "on more than one occasion" and owed nearly $450,000 in delinquent federal and state taxes.

Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.
Rush Propst looks on during a loss to rival Lowndes in October.
Photo by Gary McCullough
Rush Propst looks on during a loss to rival Lowndes in October.