While there is not an official All-American team for anyone other than seniors, ESPN RISE has put together it list of sophomore players who are sure to be on the top of every college's radar and All-American lists come their senior seasons.
This who's-who of 2012 graduates includes the son of one of the NFL's all-time greatest running backs, a player who accounted for 57 touchdowns and a player who came close to the 3,000-yard rushing mark.
Player of the Year: Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas)
After leading his team to the Class 4A Division II state title with 32 carries for 252 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-21 win over Brenham (Texas), Gray became just too strong of a candidate among national sophomores to be denied this honor. For the season, Gray rushed for 2,814 yards and added another 457 on receptions. He also ended with 59 total touchdowns, the fourth best single season point total in state history.
WR Cayleb Jones, Stephen F. Austin (Austin, Texas) 6-2,180
The son of former Dallas Cowboy linebacker Robert Jones burst on the scene this fall with 91 catches for 1,140 yards and nine TDs in just 10 games.
WR Dorial Green, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) 6-5, 200
This Class 4A all-stater showed a lot this fall, scoring 23 times and totaling an amazing 1,616 yards on just 66 receptions.
TE Reggie Ragland, Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.) 6-3, 230
Superb prospect earned Class 6A all-state honors after grabbing 40 passes for 590 yards and six TDs; he's also a fine linebacker.
OL Vadal Alexander, Buford (Ga.) 6-5, 320
Sophomore starter for Buford's Class AA state championship squad already has a verbal offer from Auburn.
OL Josh Garnett, Puyallup (Wash.) 6-4,275
He picked up an offer from UCLA last summer before even playing a high school down, but validated that by earning all-league on both sides of the ball this fall.
OL Freddie Tagaloa, Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) 6-8, 285
Athletic two-way lineman who also starts for FAB 50-ranked basketball team has a chance to be the best thing out of Salesian since Jahvid Best.
OL Ryan Watson, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 6-3, 250
Watson earned second team all-state honors in Maryland this fall while helping Good Counsel to the WCAC title.
OL Avery Young, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) 6-5, 275
The second team all-Palm Beach County pick has a chance to be one of nation's top recruits in the Class of 2012.
QB Maty Mauk, Kenton (Ohio) 6-1, 185
Mauk is continuing to put up eye-popping numbers just as his older brother Ben did, totaling 5,200 yards of total offense and accounting for 57 TDs to earn Division IV all-Ohio honors.
RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas) 5-11,190
The ESPN RISE Sophomore of the Year is the son of James Gray, the career rushing leader at Texas Tech. As a freshman, he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards.
RB Drew Harris, Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) 6-2,195
He earned AAAA all-state honors while toting the rock 306 times for 2,010 yards and 30 touchdowns.
RB Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) 5-11, 210
Phenom from the same school as Tony Dorsett racked up 2,740 yards and 36 TDs as a sophomore on 292 carries.
PK Eric Enderson, Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) 6-1,185
He nailed 12 of 16 field goals, including two game-winners for the Virginia Division 5 state champions.