ESPNHS selects boys' 18 Under 18

18 male teen athletes inspire with their talents on and off the field

Updated: February 29, 2012, 3:59 PM ET
By ESPNHS

ESPNHS is honoring 18 male teen athletes who are doing remarkable things on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. Some are superstar players, like No. 1 junior basketball player Jabari Parker and No. 3 football recruit Dorial Green-Beckham. Others are great students, like Cameron Countryman, who turned down big-time football scholarship offers to join the Ivy League.

And others have overcome major obstacles, like Quinton Anderson, who survived last year's horrific Joplin, Mo., tornadoes and continues to inspire all who meet him.

The one thing all these young athletes have in common? They inspire us with their accomplishments.

Quinton Anderson, 18
Joplin (Joplin, Mo.)
Football
Inspired football team after narrowly surviving tornado that devastated Joplin

Anthony Bagliano, 18
Eastlake North (Eastlake, Ohio)
Football
Kicker has overcome Holt-Oram syndrome and started charity for cancer patients

Marvin Bracy, 18
Boone (Orlando, Fla.)
Football/Track
Florida State-bound All-American football player is also nation's top sprinter

Edward Cheserek, 18
St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.)
Cross Country/Track
Less than two years after moving to U.S. from Kenya, he won a cross-country national title

Cameron Countryman, 18
Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
Football
Despite scholarship offers from multiple Pac-12 schools, he chose to play at Penn

Diego Fagundez, 17
Leominster (Leominster, Mass.)
Soccer
Native of Uruguay made his MLS debut at age 16 and scored a goal in his first game

Dorial Green-Beckham, 18
Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Football
The all-time national high school leader in receiving yards has overcome countless obstacles off the field

Austin Gutwein, 17
Gilbert Christian (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Soccer
Raised more than $2.5 million for African orphans through Hoops of Hope charity

Beau Hossler, 17
Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
Golf
Qualified for the U.S. Open the same week he got his driver's license last year

Nyjah Huston, 17
Davis, Calif.
Skateboarding
X Games gold-medal winner has appeared in Tony Hawk's video game series

Zach Johnson, 17
King's Fork (Suffolk, Va.)
Basketball
Army-bound baller gained entrance to prestigious aerospace engineering program

Jabari Parker, 17
Simeon (Chicago, Ill.)
Basketball
The nation's No. 1 junior draws comparisons to Carmelo Anthony and Paul Pierce

Jordan Romero, 15
Big Bear (Big Bear Lake, Calif.)
Mountain Climbing
Became youngest to reach the top of each continent's tallest mountain in December

Daymar Rosser, 17
Valley Forge Military Academy (Wayne, Pa.)
Polo
One of three members of first all-African-American team to win national polo title

Conner Svetly, 16
Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Football
Has overcome profound deafness to play on three-time defending state champ

Jameis Winston, 17
Hueytown (Hueytown, Ala.)
Football/Baseball
Arguably the nation's top two-sport star as No. 1 QB and elite MLB draft prospect

Torin Yater-Wallace, 16
Aspen (Aspen, Colo.)
Skiing
Youngest Winter X medalist earned Skiing SuperPipe silver in 2011, bronze in 2012

Rujul Zaparde, 17
Lawrenceville (Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Track
Started foundation to provide Indian villages with accessible, clean drinking water