Congratulations to the EA SPORTS Football All-America second team:
WR -- Patrick Patterson (Noxubee County, Macon, Miss.) 6-3, 215, Senior
This big-bodied but swift wideout led Noxubee County to a 12-10 win over D'Iberville in the Class 4A state final. Patterson, who as a junior caught 72 passes for 1,428 yards and 18 TDs, played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was a finalist to be Mr. Football in Mississippi, but that honor went to quarterback Tyler Russell, who also is on our second team offense.
TE -- Orson Charles (Plant, Tampa, Fla.) 6-3, 230, Senior
A versatile TE who can split out wide and use his size to dominate smaller DBs, Charles caught 75 passes for 1,421 yards, and 21 touchdowns for the 4A state champion Panthers. He was awarded the tight end MVP at the University of Florida, Nike Football Training Camp.
OL -- Chris Faulk (Northshore, Slidell, La.) 6-6, 315, Senior
Faulk passed up schools like Nebraska and Michigan to verbal to LSU before his dominating final season of high school at North Shore even started. He showed he has speed and agility to go with his pancake blocking strength as he also plays basketball and averaged 10 points per game as a junior.
OL -- Kevin Graf (Agoura, Agoura Hills, Calif.) 6-6, 300, Senior
The Golden State's most highly-regarded offensive lineman has excellent footwork and uses his hands well to fend off opposing pass rushers. He's committed to USC.
OL -- Marcus Hall (Glenville, Cleveland, Ohio) 6-5, 300, Senior
A first team All-Ohio Division 1 honoree, he was the anchor of a front line for the 11-1 record Tarblooders who divided close games against state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius. He's being recruited by Ohio State, Illinois, LSU, Miami and Tennessee.
OL -- Seantrel Henderson (Cretin-Derham Hall, St. Paul, Minn.) 6-7, 320, Junior
One of only two juniors on the 60-player EA SPORTS All-America honor roll, Henderson earned all-state and Minneapolis All-Metro honors this season for one of the state's top programs. Projected by scouting services as the nation's top underclass lineman, Henderson participates in two other sports – basketball and track.
OL -- Chris Watt (Glenbard West, Glen Ellyn, Ill.) 6-4, 290, Senior
A devastating blocker who helped the Hilltoppers to the state Class 7A semifinals, Watt was the Gatorade State Player of the Year and MVP of the West Suburban Silver Conference. The all-stater has committed to Notre Dame.
QB -- Tyler Russell (Meridian, Miss.) 6-4, 210, Senior
For storybook endings, Russell's would be hard to beat. His last throw was for a touchdown and gave Meridian a 26-20 win in overtime against South Panola in the Class 5A state final. The result snapped South Panola's winning streak, third-longest in U.S. history, at 89 games. Russell ended the season with 3,284 yards passing with 40 TDs and just five interceptions.
RB -- Washaun Ealey (Emanuel County Institute, Twin City, Ga.) 5-11, 205, Senior
The Georgia-bound standout led his team to a 14-1 record and state 1A runner-up finish. Ealey, who was the national junior player of the year with 58 touchdowns, carried for 2,817 yards on 305 attempts for 41 touchdowns as a senior. He also caught 13 passes for 166 yards and five touchdowns.
RB -- Brandon Wegher (Heelan, Sioux City, Iowa) 5-11, 195, Senior
University of Iowa recruit rewrote the state record book while leading the Crusaders to a 14-0 record and the state Class 3-A title, their first state crown in 26 years. Wegher rushed for over 200 yards in nine games and ended with a state record 3,238 yards on 362 carries. He scored 54 touchdowns, including five in the state title game. Career-wise, he rushed for 6,823 yards and scored over 700 points.
RB -- Jeremiah Young (Steelton-Highspire, Steelton, Pa.) 5-10, 190, Senior
A three-time Class A all-stater, Young helped the Rollers to two consecutive state championships and this year Steel-High was the only unbeaten (16-0) team in the Keystone State. He set an all-time state career rushing record of 9,027 yards while rushing for 2,812 yards this season despite battling an ankle injury the final seven weeks of the season. He's being recruited by BYU and other colleges.
PK -- Jeff Budzien (Arrowhead, Hartland, Wis.) 5-11, 155, Senior
A two-time all-stater for two state Division 1 final teams, including a runner-up finish this season, the Northwestern University recruit had 44 touchbacks on 60 kickoffs and converted seven of nine field goals and 42 of 44 extra point attempts. He didn't miss a field goal under 60 yards and had a long of 55 yards.
DL -- Ryne Giddins (Armwood, Seffner, Fla.) 6-4, 240, Senior
The pass rushing specialist saw his sack total take a dip from 21 a year ago to five this season after offenses slid protections to his side and consistently double teamed him. He still managed 75 tackles, 21 QB hurries, 10 pass breakups and scored two defensive touchdowns against Tampa Bay Tech. He recently committed to South Florida.
DL -- Nick Kasa (Legacy, Broomfield, Colo.) 6-7, 250, Senior
The two-way lineman for the Lightning struck often in the opposition's backfield as he led the team in sacks with nine to go with 51 tackles. Kasa, who also was dominating as an offensive lineman, was initially headed to join the Florida Gators before changing his mind and deciding to sign with Colorado.
DL -- Alex Okafor (Pflugerville, Texas) 6-5, 235, Senior
A Class 5A all-state selection in Texas, Okafor totaled 54 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior despite constant double teams. He was the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman at the Fort Worth Nike Camp and is a future Texas Longhorn.
DL -- Donte Moss (Northside, Jacksonville, N.C.) 6-4, 235, Senior
He's got the size and speed to be a top-flight pass rusher at the next level, but may be even better at stopping the run. Moss, who was the Class 2A State Player of the Year, also was a running back on offense. He scored 15 times as a junior. Moss will play next at UNC.
DL -- Nikita Whitlock (Wylie, Texas) 5-10, 235, Senior
It was tough to block Whitlock all year as he was named the Class 5A State Defensive Player of the Year. He helped Wylie advance to the 5A Division II state final while registering 101 tackles, 14 sacks and blocked seven kicks, two he returned for touchdowns. He committed to Wake Forest in late January.
LB -- Michael Doctor (Washington, Tulsa, Okla.) 6-0, 205, Senior
The Tulsa World's State Player of the Year totaled 130 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions on defense while rushing for 1,299 yards and scoring 28 touchdowns on offense. He led Booker T. to the Class 5A state title. He will play college football at Oregon State.
LB -- Perry Jones (Oscar Smith, Chesapeake, Va.) 5-9, 190, Senior
Jones was the Virginia sportswriters' State Player of the Year after helping Oscar Smith to the school's first state title, an undefeated season and an ESPN RISE FAB 50 top 10 final ranking. He finished the season with 119 tackles and 10 sacks, and was named the Southeastern District's Defensive layer of the Year for a second straight season. At running back, Jones rushed for 1,831 yards and 30 touchdowns -- more than half of that total coming in five playoff games.
LB -- Jordan Whiting (Trinity, Louisville, Ky.) 6-1, 225, Senior
A contributor to four state championship teams, the Ohio State recruit led the Shamrocks in tackles three straight years, including 102 stops as a senior with 18 for losses, including five sacks. He had 18 tackles in the state Class 6A semifinal win over city rival St. Xavier. The two-time all-stater ended his career with 267 tackles.
DB -- Justin Green (Male, Louisville, Ky.) 5-10, 180, Senior
A two-year, two-way standout, Green earned first team all-state honors as a defender this season as Male advanced to the state Class 6A semifinals. The Ohio State recruit missed three games with an injury but still rushed for 1,069 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. He was a shutdown cornerback on defense.
DB -- Branden Smith (Washington, Atlanta, Ga.) 5-10, 170, Senior
The No. 1 recruit in Georgia according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution had a strong season and also was the Gatorade State Player of the Year. Smith, who has clocked 10.62 seconds in the 100 meters in track and has been compared to Champ Bailey, committed to the University of Georgia during the Under Armour All-America Game.
DB -- Darius Winston (Central, West Helena, Ark.) 6-0, 175, Senior
Ranked as the No. 3 cornerback in the nation by ESPNU, Winston was sensational with eight interceptions and 50 tackles for a team that played in a state final for the first time since 1946. Winston brought two of the picks back for touchdowns.
P -- Tyler Listi (Thomas More, Lafayette, La.) 5-7, 170, Senior
Listi averaged over 43 yards a punt this season for the Cougars with a season-long of 65 yards. He made 29 extra points, went 12 of 14 on field goal attempts and is headed to LSU.
RB/DB -- Usua Amanam (Bellarmine Prep, San Jose, Calif.) 5-9, 175, Senior
The San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury-News player of the year scored 36 touchdowns with 29 coming on the ground. He also took back two of his six interceptions for scores and hit paydirt three times returning kicks. Amanam, who is going to Stanford, rushed for 731 yards in three playoff games and totaled more than 1,800 on the season. He did that despite missing time due to a bout with mono.
QB/DE -- James Boyd (Jordan, Los Angeles, Calif.) 6-5, 225, Senior
He'll play defensive end in college at USC and he's coming in after a phenomenal career which includes 104 tackles and eight sacks. Boyd, the L.A. City Player of the Year, was more prolific as a quarterback. He passed for more than 4,200 yards and 44 TDs, including a 575-yard, eight-touchdown outing against South Gate.
RB/LB -- Bryce Brown (Wichita East, Wichita, Kan.) 6-0, 220, Senior
Outstanding backfield prospect rumbled for 1,873 yards and 31 TDs this fall in just nine games and finished with 7,114 career rushing yards. The No. 8 ranked prospect overall and No. 2 running back in the ESPNU 150 is committed to Miami but is looking at other schools. He averaged 208 yards rushing per game despite the Aces going just 6-3 and teams focused to stop him.
QB/RB -- Charlie Goro (Maine South, Park Ridge, Ill.) 6-2, 195, Senior
The pass-and-run field general led the Hawks to a 14-0 record and Class 8A state championship. He accounted for 3,836 total offense yards and 50 touchdowns. The Vanderbilt University recruit completed 74 percent of his passes for 3,171 yards and 38 scores and rushed for 665 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was the Chicago
metro area Player of the Year.
RB/DB -- Patrick Hall (St. Bonaventure, Ventura, Calif.) 6-1, 185, Senior
One of the most versatile players in California, Hall led St. Bonaventure to its second straight CIF Division III state bowl game title. He rushed for nearly 800 yards on offense and could play any secondary position on defense. Hall will play next at USC.
QB/RB -- Eugene Smith (Miramar, Fla.) 6-3, 190, Senior
The ESPNU 150 and Elite 11 QB was named Player of the Year in Broward County at the Nike Dade-Broward South Florida All-Star Classic voted by the Miami Herald. The West Virginia recruit threw for 3,001 yards and 32 touchdowns against seven interceptions and completed 195 of 309 pass attempts for the 6A semi-finalist Patriots. He also earned the Coaches QB MVP award at the University of Miami Nike Football Training Camp.