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Dallan Hayden named 2020 OFFICIAL Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Dallan Hayden named 2020 MaxPreps Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school football. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Dallan Hayden of Christian Brothers (Memphis) is the 2020 MaxPreps Tennessee High School Football Player of the Year. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior running back ran for 2,010 yards and 24 touchdowns in just nine games this fall, helping the Purple Wave go 7-4.

Against Conway (Ark.) on Oct. 23, Hayden carried 41 times for 326 yards and four touchdowns. He topped the 200-yard mark in seven of nine games.

College programs like Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas A&M have already extended offers. 247Sports rates Hayden as a top 250 prospect in the Class of 2022.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which will be released Jan. 29.
Dallas Hayden (1) prepares to take a hand-off from Christian Brothers quarterback Ashton Strothers during a game in October.
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Dallas Hayden (1) prepares to take a hand-off from Christian Brothers quarterback Ashton Strothers during a game in October.
Donovan Clingan named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Connecticut High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Donovan Clingan named 2020-21 MaxPreps Connecticut High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Donovan Clingan of Bristol Central (Bristol) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Connecticut High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 7-foot-1, 255-pound junior helped the Rams go 15-0 en route to the program's first Central Connecticut Conference championship since 2003.

Clingan averaged 27.3 points, 17.2 rebounds, 5.8 blocks and 3.1 assists per contest this season. He averaged 36 points and 26.3 rebounds in three CCC tournament games.

In Bristol Central's 69-68 overtime victory against East Catholic in the CCC title game, Clingan finished with 33 points, 26 rebounds, seven blocks and five assists. He capped that performance by knocking down the game-winning shot with four seconds remaining.

Regarded as the No. 45 prospect in the Class of 2022 by 247Sports, Clingan holds 18 college offers including Connecticut, Georgetown, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Syracuse among others.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Isabella King named 2020-21 OFFICIAL New Hampshire High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Isabella King named 2020-21 MaxPreps New Hampshire High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Isabella King of Bedford is the 2020-21 MaxPreps New Hampshire High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. In a shortened season, the 6-foot-1 senior wing led the Bulldogs to a 14-2 record and the New Hampshire Division I state championship.

King averaged 20.1 points, 8.5 steals, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game this season, earning first team Division I All-State and Miss Basketball honors.

The Bucknell signee owns schools records at Bedford for points in a game, season and career, topping the 1,000-point mark as a senior.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team.
High school football: Top 10 quarterback-wide receiver tandems - OFFICIAL
High school football: Top 10 quarterback-wide receiver tandems
Over the past five years, we've seen some big-time quarterback-wide receiver duos at the high school level. Lake Travis' (Austin, Texas) Hudson Card and Garrett Wilson, Marietta's (Ga.) Harrison Bailey and Arik Gilbert, Mater Dei's (Santa Ana, Calif.) JT Daniels and Amon-Ra St. Brown, North Shore's (Houston) Dematrius Davis and Shadrach Banks, and St. John Bosco's (Bellflower, Calif.) DJ Uiagalelei and Kris Hutston are just some of the pairs that have made a splash at the prep ranks and beyond.

The next crop of quarterback/wide receiver combos on the same trajectory of these past greats are just as exciting and will be on display in what we hope is a normal football season in the fall.

Expect to see a handful of these teams featured in our Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings that will be released later this summer.
Sam Horn, Collins Hill
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Sam Horn, Collins Hill
Top 10 Quarterback-Wide Receiver tandems

QB — Robert "Pops" Battle | 5-11 | 170 | Class of 2024
WR — Luther Burden III | 6-2 | 195 | Class of 2022
The pair showed how dangerous they can be after a dominant six-game spring campaign. Battle, a freshman, stepped in at quarterback when Tyler Macon enrolled early at Missouri and accounted for nearly 1,800 yards of total offense and 19 touchdowns. Burden, the top-rated wide receiver on 247Sports composite rankings and five-star Oklahoma commit, had 33 receptions for 734 yards and seven touchdowns. He also played in the fall for Cardinal Ritter College Prep (St. Louis) and was selected to the Junior All-American first team.

QB Malachi Nelson | 6-3 | 180 | Class of 2023
WR Makai Lemon | 6-0 | 180 | Class of 2023
They check in as the top-two prospects in California from the Class of 2023 and led the Griffins to a 6-0 spring season. Nelson threw for 1,513 yards and 23 touchdowns while completing over 73 percent of his passes and Lemon hauled in 43 receptions for 756 yards and nine touchdowns. The five-star athlete also had four interceptions on defense.

QB AJ Duffy | 6-2 | 205 | Class of 2022
WR Carnell Tate | 6-2 | 185 | Class of 2023
Duffy and Tate both transferred to the defending national champs and will be a big-time combo next fall. The four-star quarterback threw for over 5,500 yards and 66 touchdowns during his two years at Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.). Tate is a Top 50 prospect overall in the Class of 2023 and was a midseason call-up on the Marist (Chicago) varsity team during his freshman year and had 28 receptions for 444 yards and five touchdowns.

QB Elijah Brown | 6-2 | 180 | Class of 2024
WR CJ Williams | 6-2 | 195 | Class of 2022
Brown became the fourth quarterback in Mater Dei history to start as a freshman this spring and he threw for nearly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns while completing nearly 70 percent of his passes in six games. Williams is the ninth-rated receiver in the Class of 2022 on 247Sports composite rankings and expect a huge senior campaign for the four-star playmaker next fall.

QB — Arch Manning | 6-3 | 200 | Class of 2023
WR — AJ Johnson | 6-4 | 205 | Class of 2022
Manning is the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2023 and third-rated prospect overall. He was named our National Freshman of the Year in 2019 and has thrown for 4,360 yards and 55 touchdowns during his first two years at Newman while leading the Greenies to an 18-3 record. Johnson recently committed to LSU and after sitting out his sophomore year showed how dynamic of a playmaker he is during his junior campaign.

QB — Conner Harrell | 6-1 | 190 | Class of 2022
WR — Ryan Peppins | 5-9 | 170 | Class of 2022
This duo led the Warriors to a second consecutive 7A state championship and finished No. 6 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. Harrell, in his first year as the starting quarterback, threw for over 3,500 yards and 42 touchdowns while Peppins hauled in 74 receptions for nearly 1,200 yards and a team-high 14 touchdowns.

QB — Noah Fifita | 5-10 | 170 | Class of 2022
WR — Tetairoa McMillan | 6-3 | 185 | Class of 2022
The second Trinity League duo on the list has been making big plays for the last two years playing against some of the best competition in the country. Fifita committed to Arizona and McMillan checks in as the second-rated player in California and fourth-rated wide receiver from the Class of 2022, according to 247Sports.

QB — Cade Klubnik | 6-2 | 185 | Class of 2022
WR — Jaden Greathouse | 6-2 | 205 | Class of 2023
Klubnik took over as the full-time starter before last fall and helped lead the Chaps to their second consecutive state title and a spot at No. 3 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 rankings. The four-star Clemson commit was selected to the Junior All-America first team after throwing for 3,495 yards and 35 touchdowns while adding nearly 600 yards rushing and 15 more scores. Greathouse was named to our Sophomore All-America first team after hauling in 69 receptions for 1,145 yards and 13 touchdowns. He became the first freshman to start in Westlake history in 2019.

QB — Quinn Ewers | 6-3 | 205 | Class of 2022
WR — Landon Samson | 6-1 | 180 | Class of 2022
Ewers is the top-rated prospect overall in the Class of the 2022 and the five-star Ohio State commit helped the Dragons to a runner-up finish in Texas' largest classification last fall. He threw for 2,442 yards and 28 touchdowns in eight games while adding 133 yards rushing and three more scores. Samson finished his junior season with 74 receptions for 1,293 yards and 15 touchdowns. They both recently committed to play in the 2022 All-American Bowl.

QB — Sam Horn | 6-4 | 190 | Class of 2022
WR — Travis Hunter | 6-1 | 170 | Class of 2022
Hunter had one of the best single-seasons in Georgia high school football history and was named our National Junior Player of the Year. The five-star Florida State commit had 137 receptions for 1,746 yards and 24 touchdowns while racking up 51 tackles and eight interceptions on defense for the AAAAAAA runner-up. Horn threw for over 3,900 yards and 41 touchdowns and checks in as the No. 7 pro style quarterback in the Class of 2022. The four-star gunslinger committed to Missouri in late February.
Travis Hunter, Collins Hill
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Travis Hunter, Collins Hill

Sam Vinson named 2020-21 OFFICIAL Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Sam Vinson named 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year
Each year since 2006, MaxPreps has recognized outstanding performers in high school basketball. America's source for high school sports continues the tradition to close out the 2020-21 season by naming the top player in each state. Selections are based on team success and individual excellence, in addition to local and state accolades.

Sam Vinson of Highlands (Fort Thomas) is the 2020-21 MaxPreps Kentucky High School Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4 senior guard helped the Bluebirds go 30-4 en route to the programs' first state title.

Vinson averaged 22.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest during the regular season, becoming the first player in program history to eclipse 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.

The Northern Kentucky signee was named state tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in four KHSAA Sweet 16 games. He tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 79-60 state title game triumph over Elizabethtown.

Each state's MaxPreps Player of the Year will be considered for inclusion in the MaxPreps All-America Team, which is scheduled to be released April 13.
Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.
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Sam Vinson celebrates a win over St. Henry in the Ninth Region semifinals.