|NFF recognizes 67 distinguished high school scholar-athletes as the Best of the Best from the NFF’s nationwide Chapter Network for their combined performance on the football field, in the classroom and in the community.
IRVING, Texas (Oct. 10, 2018) – In an effort to expand its role as a leader in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the 67 members of the inaugural NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Class. The announcement marks a new initiative by the NFF to honor the top high school scholar-athletes from around the country and the NFF Chapter Network as the best and the brightest at the local level. The members of the class all played their final high school season during the 2017-18 school year.
“Launching this new initiative allows us to shine a national spotlight on some of the most deserving high school student-athletes honored at the local level by our expansive Chapter Network,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We hope that this new honor will become one of the most prestigious local awards that a high school player can receive, and it really brings into focus the phenomenal work that our chapters do in identifying the most outstanding young leaders in their communities. We would like to congratulate all of the 67 honorees in the inaugural class, who all deserve to be held out as examples for future generations to emulate.”
With 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network impacts more than 500,000 student-athletes at 5,000 high schools in 47 states each year. The centerpiece of their efforts are the annual chapter awards banquets, which recognize more than 3,500 of the nation’s top scholar-athletes and distribute more than $1 million in scholarships.
From this pool of 3,500 scholar-athletes, the NFF chapters submitted these 67 outstanding individuals as the best from their local area. Criteria to make the class include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement. Each chapter is limited to one honoree, distinguishing them as the top scholar-athlete from all the high schools covered by the chapter.
NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Class Notes
- 67 Honorees
- 3.9 Average GPA
- 58 Team Captains
- 12 Valedictorians
- 41 National Honor Society Members
- 21 First Team All-State Honorees
- 9 National Merit Scholars
East Region Honorees
- Spencer Alston – RB/DB, South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. Submitted by the NFF National Capital (D.C.) Chapter.
- Thomas Booker – TE/DE, Gilman School in Baltimore. Submitted by the NFF Greater Baltimore Chapter.
- Joseph Bumpus – TE/LB, Bloomfield High School in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Essex County (N.J.) Chapter.
- Paul Cocozziello – QB, St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Bill Denny/Rutgers Football Letterwinners (N.J.) Chapter.
- Erik Dehkes – LB/TE, North Hunterdon High School in Annandale, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Delaware Valley (N.J.) Chapter.
- Santiago Quintero – WR/LB, Madison High School in Madison, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Greater Morris County (N.J.) Chapter.
- Kyle Shafer – QB, Pompton Lakes High School in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Passaic County (N.J.) Chapter.
- Mbaba Sow – DB, Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, New York. Submitted by the NFF Westchester (N.Y.) Chapter.
- Matt Valecce – QB, Fordham Preparatory School in New York City. Submitted by the NFF New York City Chapter.
- Aaron Wagner – DB/WR, Mifflin County High School in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Submitted by the NFF Central Pennsylvania Chapter.
- Logan Yoder – QB/FS, Tri-Valley High School in Hegins, Pennsylvania. Submitted by the NFF Schuylkill/Pottsville (Pa.) Chapter.
- Garrett Zobel – DL, La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. Submitted by the NFF Philadelphia Chapter.
Midwest Region Honorees
- Blake Clark – QB, Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Submitted by the NFF Iowa Chapter.
- Tyler Cory – OG/DE, Tecumseh High School in New Carlisle, Ohio. Submitted by the NFF Springfield (Ohio) Chapter.
- Michael Dowell – DB, St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. Submitted by the NFF Mike Cleary/Northeastern Ohio Chapter.
- Timothy Hostetler – LB/TE, Fairfield Senior High School in Goshen, Indiana. Submitted by the NFF Moose Krause (Ind.) Chapter.
- Matthew Kiesel – WR, Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, Indiana. Submitted by the NFF Southern Indiana Chapter.
- Dante Landolfi – FB/LB, Upper Arlington High School in Arlington, Ohio. Submitted by the NFF Columbus (Ohio) Chapter.
- David Madden – WR/LB, St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin, Illinois. Submitted by the NFF Chicago Metro Chapter.
- Jake Malven – WR/DB, Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri. Submitted by the NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter.
- Cameron Misner – QB, Avon High School in Avon, Indiana. Submitted by the NFF Central Indiana Chapter.
- Cole Patrick Ragan – OG, Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio. Submitted by the NFF Toledo Chapter.
- Anthony Reo – OL/DL, Paw Paw High School in Paw Paw, Michigan. Submitted by the NFF State of Michigan Chapter.
- Aaron Robillard – QB/DB, North Branch Area High School in North Branch, Minnesota. Submitted by the NFF Minnesota Chapter.
- August Schott – OL, West Lafayette Senior High School in West Lafayette, Indiana. Submitted by the NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter.
- Isiah Woods – DE/RB, Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. Submitted by the NFF Arkansas Chapter.
Northeast Region Honorees
- Daniel Brey – OL/DL, Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut. Submitted by the NFF DeSantis-McDougall/Fairfield County (Conn.) Chapter.
- Owen Garrard – RB/LB, Scarborough High School in Scarborough, Maine. Submitted by the NFF State of Maine Chapter.
- Evan Gwozdz – QB, Middleborough High School in Middleborough, Massachusetts. Submitted by the NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter.
- Tyler Hamilton – QB/DB, Hartford High School in Hartford, Vermont. Submitted by the NFF Vermont Chapter.
- Dathan Hickey – RB/DB, Bristol Central High School in Bristol, Connecticut. Submitted by the NFF Doc Boisoneau/Northern Connecticut Chapter.
- Will Levis – QB, Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut. Submitted by the NFF Casey-O’Brien/New Haven (Conn.) Chapter.
- David Schwartz – OG/DE, Longmeadow High School in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Submitted by the NFF Western Massachusetts Chapter.
- William Such – RB/LB, Cranston High School West in Cranston, Rhode Island. Submitted by the NFF Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter.
- Isaac Tomblin – FB/LB, East Lyme High School in East Lyme, Connecticut. Submitted by the NFF Southeastern Connecticut Chapter.
- Derek Willson – RB/LB, Schuylerville High School in Schuylerville, New York. Submitted by the NFF Capital District (N.Y.) Chapter.
South Region Honorees
- Henry Gavin Carpenter – T/DE, Cathedral School in Natchez, Mississippi. Submitted by the NFF Miss/Lou Chapter.
- Davis DeLozier – DB/WR, Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Submitted by the NFF East Tennessee Chapter.
- David Lee Gray II – DT, Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina. Submitted by the NFFCHOF Bill Dooley (N.C.) Chapter.
- John Bailey Gullatt – LB, West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana. Submitted by the NFF S.M. McNaughton (La.) Chapter.
- Oso Ifesinachukwu – DE, Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas. Submitted by the NFF Greater Austin (Texas) Chapter.
- Duane Johnson – WR, Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida. Submitted by the NFF Brian Piccolo/Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Chapter.
- Jacob Kuhlman – QB, Barron Collier High School in Naples, Florida. Submitted by the NFF Collier County (Fla.) Chapter.
- Reese Moore – TE/DE, Seminole High School in Seminole, Texas. Submitted by the NFF Texas Tech Chapter.
- Copeland Petitfils – LB, High Point Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina. Submitted by the NFF Corrigan/Faircloth (N.C.) Chapter.
- Keith Ramos – DB, Miami Springs Senior High School in Miami Springs, Florida. Submitted by the NFF Miami Touchdown Club Chapter.
- Thomas Roberts – DL, Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Georgia. Submitted by the TD Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter.
- John Thomas Scott – TE, Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tennessee. Submitted by the NFF Mountain Empire (Tenn.) Chapter.
- Nicholas Sligh – C, Clarke Central High School in Athens, Georgia. Submitted by the NFF University of Georgia Chapter.
- Harrison Patton Smith – P, Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Submitted by the NFF Middle Tennessee Chapter.
- Nathan Tatko – LB, Northpoint Christian School in Southaven, Mississippi. Submitted by the NFF Memphis Chapter.
- R. Mason Ward – NG/DT, Keller High School in Keller, Texas. Submitted by the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter.
West Region Honorees
- Max Borghi – RB/WR, Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado. Submitted by the NFF Colorado Chapter.
- Tommy Brown – OL, Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. Submitted by the NFF Orange County (Calif.) Chapter.
- Dawson Butts – RB/CB, Upton High School in Upton, Wyoming. Submitted by the NFF Wyoming Chapter.
- Ethan Crawford – S, Christopher High School in Gilroy, California. Submitted by the NFF CA Central Coast Chapter.
- Louis Farrar – TE/DE, Charter Oak High School in Covina, California. Submitted by the NFF Pasadena/San Gabriel (Calif.) Chapter.
- Thomas Fishburne – QB, Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley, California. Submitted by the NFF Walter J. Zable/San Diego Chapter.
- Spencer Gilbert – DL, St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. Submitted by the NFF Los Angeles Chapter.
- Robert Heirmann – WR, Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California. Submitted by the NFF Riverside County (Calif.) Chapter.
- Rob Howe – OL/DL, John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California. Submitted by the NFF San Fernando Valley (Calif.) Chapter.
- Jacob Jeffries – WR/LB, San Mateo High School in San Mateo, California. Submitted by the NFF Northern California Chapter.
- Bertrand Odinet III – OT, Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. Submitted by the NFF Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) Chapter.
- Luke Ross – QB, Sumner High School in Sumner, Washington. Submitted by the NFF Tacoma Pierce County (Wash.) Chapter.
- Justin Scott Seiber – QB, Kentwood High School in Covington, Washington. Submitted by the NFF King County/Seattle Chapter.
- Travis Spreen – OL/DL, Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. Submitted by the NFF Oregon Chapter.
- Tanner Ward – DB, Folsom High School in Folsom, California. Submitted by the NFF Sacramento Valley (Calif.) Chapter.