Friday, February 17, 2012
Watkins Award to be announced Saturday
By By Brandon Parker
Six of the nation's top high school football players will be in Los Angeles on Saturday evening, when one will be announced as the winner of the prestigious Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award. The annual honor is presented to the nation's top African-American male high school scholar athlete.
This year's finalists are:
Zach Banner Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.), OL Rated the nation's No. 122 recruit in the ESPNU 150, the USC-bound Banner has a 3.5 GPA, is a winner of the Distinguished Scholar Award and is a volunteer for the Tacoma Sports Association.
Alex Carter Briar Woods (Ashburn, Va.), WR/DB Rated the nation's No. 111 recruit in the ESPNU 150, Carter signed with Stanford and was the Gatorade State Player of the Year as a senior. He has a 4.1 GPA and has served as a volunteer in many ways , including serving as a volunteer reader for elementary school students.
Central (Phenix City, Ala.), TE The Purdue-bound Curry has a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and is a volunteer with the Special Olympics.
Millbrook (Raleigh, NC), RB Already enrolled at Georgia, Marshall is rated the nation's No. 2 running back by ESPNU. He was named Gatorade State Player of the Year as a senior, has a 4.3 GPA and has served as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
Deion Williams Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), FB Rated the nation's No. 7 fullback by ESPNU, Williams has signed with Duke. He is a member of the National Honor Society, has a 3.7 GPA and is a People to People Student Ambassador.