Four highly-honored football players from Texas plus three from California,
Washington and New Jersey are among 30 elite high school athletes who have been
selected to the 2005 EA SPORTS All-American High School Football Team.
Leading the group of Texans is quarterback Matthew Stafford from
Highland Park High of Dallas, our choice as the 2005 EA SPORTS National Player
of the Year.
Coming from the same famed high school in Texas that is the home of all-time
greats Bobby Layne and Doak Walker, Stafford is the third Texas quarterback to
win the national player of the year honor in the last five years. The other two
have been Vince Young of Houston Madison in 2001, who led the University of
Texas to the 2005 national title, and Chase Daniel of FAB 50 No. 1 Southlake
Carroll just last season.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Stafford, who enrolled in early January at the
University of Georgia, capped his three-year Highland Park career by completing
207 of 331 passes for 4,013 yards and 38 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
He also rushed for seven scores. He missed two of 15 games with an early season
injury which makes his numbers even more remarkable.
Last summer, Stafford attended the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Camp (produced
by Student Sports) along with several others who wound up as national player of
the year candidates and was regarded by many as having the best arm of the
bunch. Stafford was voted the camp's MVP by the camp's counselors, who also
happened to have been some of the top college quarterbacks in the country this
Stafford led Highland Park to its first state football title since 1957. The
Scots capped a 15-0 record season by posting the biggest blowout ever in an
11-man state title game, a 59-0 rout of Marshall for the Class 4A-Division 1
"We're proud to honor these young men and are looking forward to
seeing these players continue to compete at a high level as they move on in
their football careers," said Brian Movalson, EA SPORTS Senior Brand Manager.
"The EA SPORTS All-Americans represent the best in the game in high school
The annual EA SPORTS All-American Team is selected by the editors of Student
Sports, which have compiled national rankings in numerous sports for more than
15 years. The format for the team calls for it not to be selected until all
teams have finished their seasons, which makes the EA SPORTS honors more
reflective of players who led their teams to state championships. The teams also
are chosen after almost all of the numerous all-state teams around the country
have been released.
Also named along with the players as the EA SPORTS National Coach of the Year is
Ricky Woods from South Panola High of Batesville, Miss. Woods guided the Tigers
to Mississippi's first Class 5A title three-peat while extending the team's
winning streak to 45 games, the third longest in the nation, with another 15-0
record campaign and a final No. 8 position in the Student Sports FAB 50
rankings. The Tigers beat every opponent by double figures, including a 52-14
finals rout of Meridian.
Woods is 59-1 at South Panola with the lone loss in the 2002 title game before
the current run. He inherited a 5-6 record team after guiding Ackerman High, his
alma mater, to two state titles in 1997 and 2001 -- the first of five straight
final berths for the coach. His overall 17-year
coaching record at the two schools is 189-40.
2005 EA SPORTS
WR -- Hakeem Nicks
(Independence, Charlotte NC) 6-2, 205, Sr.
The North Carolina recruit
helped the Patriots win their sixth straight state Class 4-AA title and
extend the nation's longest active win streak to 92 games. He caught 93
passes for a state-best 1,819 yards and scored 20 TDs -- 10 in the playoffs.
Named MVP of state finals, he accounted for 307 all-purpose yards – 205
receiving with two TDs plus 102 on returns vs. New Bern.
The four-year starter led the
Tigers to a 12-1 record by landing 70 passes for 1,185 yards and 24
touchdowns despite constant attention from opposing defenses. He's also an
all-state basketball player and is considered the nation's No. 1-ranked
tight end by Rivals.com. Uncommitted for college at time of selection.
The University of Florida
recruit was a two-time all-state honoree who helped team to a 12-1 record as
a senior. He was considered the state player of the year by some in North
Carolina, which is rare for a lineman. He graded 92% on blocking efficiency
this season. Posted a 56.87 SPARQ Rating at the NIKE Camp in Athens, where
he ran a 5.29 40 and benched 30 reps of 185 pounds.
OL – Steve Schilling
(Bellevue WA) 6-5, 295, Sr.
Schilling was the dominant
force up front the last two years for Bellevue, which in 2004 was one of the
top-ranked teams in the nation but in 2005 was upset in the state playoffs.
Schilling routinely pushed defenders more than 10 yards down the field and
was equally effective blocking for either the run or the pass. He also was
one of Washington's top defensive linemen. Chose Michigan over Washington
and Cal the week before Signing Day.
OL -- Andre Smith
(Huffman, Birmingham AL) 6-4, 325, Sr.
He recently became the first
offensive lineman selected for Alabama Mr. Football in its 23 years of
existence. The man-child is a two-time all-state honoree who graded at 95%
blocking efficiency this season while not allowing a sack. He has the speed
and quickness to become a dominant pulling or trapping guard at the next
level. Uncommitted for college at time of selection. Ran a 5.20 40 and
benched 28 reps at the NIKE Camp in Athens, where he finished with a 60.41
The Ohio State recruit earned
all-state honors this season after helping the Cardinals to an unbeaten
state Division 1 title as a junior and anchoring a FAB 50 ranked tea this
season. A touted run-blocker, he was named district offensive player of the
year -- a rarity for a lineman. Smith also was picked as Ohio's
Gatorade state player of the year.
OL-- Sam Young (St.
Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale FL) 6-8, 305, Sr.
Another big-time lineman who
was considered a player of the year in his state, the difference about Young
is that his state is Florida. A two-time all-state honoree for teams that
finished runnerup in the Class 5A state playoffs the last two seasons, he
graded 91% on blocking efficiency this season and didn't allow a sack as a
junior or senior. Committed to Notre Dame.
QB -- Matthew
Stafford (Highland Park, Dallas TX) 6-3, 225, Sr.
Another bonus for Stafford in
our selection process was him being named the Dallas Morning News
Offensive Player of the Year in a vote over several other strong candidates,
including fellow EA SPORTS All-American Greg McElroy, the
quarterback for No. 1 Southlake Carroll, along with 3,000-yard running back
Dimitri Nance from Euless Trinity. Could contend for starting duties at Georgia next fall as he's already enrolled for the spring semester in Athens.
On his way to Stanford where
he'll play both football and baseball, Gerhart led California with 3,225
yards rushing and scored 39 touchdowns. He also shattered the state career
rushing record with 9,662 yards, a mark that also ranks among the top three
on the all-time national list. Gerhart also is No. 1 in his senior class
academically with a GPA well above 4.0.
New Jersey's all-time leading
scorer capped a four-year career with record-breaking numbers as South won
its third straight state title and pushed its win streak to 36 games.
Despite missing two games with a sprained ankle, Moreno rushed for 1,808
yards on 185 carries and scored 43 TDs in 10 games to push his career marks
to 128 TDs and 782 points. His career rushing total of 6,268 yards is second
all-time in Jersey as well. Uncommitted for college at time of selection.
The MVP of the U.S. Army
All-America Bowl, where he scored three TDs for the winning East team, the
Ohio State recruit capped a productive senior season by rushing 223 times
for 2,134 yards and 27 TDs in 10 games. Career-wise, he carried 598 times
for 5,232 yards and 61 scores and also landed 37 passes for 408 yards and
The Clemson recruit set a
state record with a 64-yard field goal, best in the U.S. last season, and in
the samegame he connected on a 47-yarder. He also connected on a 50-yarder
among his nine field goals. Jackson also averaged over 40 yards on punts.
The University of Texas recruit earned
state Class 4A all-state honors after charting 95 tackles this season,
including 11 sacks plus 11 tackles for losses. He also returned two fumbles
for TDs. Called "a real All-American" by head coach Mike Vallery, Jones has
4.7 speed in the 40 and is regarded by college scouts as one of the top
defensive ends in the nation.
The all-state honoree recorded 80 tackles,
including 28 solo stops, and had 18 sacks this last season. He also forced
11 fumbles and returned one of five recovered fumbles for a TD. McCoy did 26
reps on the bench at the Fort Worth Nike Football Training Camp. Uncommitted
for college at time of selection.
Robert Rose (Glenville, Cleveland OH) 6-4, 255, Sr.
The latest standout from Glenville's
factory of talent is Rose, who led one of the top teams in Ohio in tackles
for loss as well as sacks. The Ohio State recruit was a first team all-state
honoree who also could be tried at the next level as a tight end. Clocked a
4.71 40 at the NIKE Camp in Blacksburg, finishing with a 66.71 SPARQ Rating.
Roamed all over the field for his team
last season for an average of 13 tackles per game and is considered the best
two-way prospect from his area of the state since current NFL player Chris
Claiborne. On offense, Bradford rushed for 1,869 yards and scored 35
touchdowns. Committed to USC. Named MVP of the NIKE Camp in Los Angeles,
recording a 77.71 SPARQ Rating while clocking a 4.54 40 and benching 25
The three-year starter, and University of
Michigan recruit, was an all-state honoree as a senior after recording 83
solo tackles in 11 games with two interceptions, six fumble recoveries and
three forced fumbles. He also played offensive line, punted, kicked off and
was the placekicker. Was selected MVP at the NIKE Camp in Ann Arbor,
clocking a 4.63 40 and benching 28 reps for a 70.53 SPARQ Rating.
The University of Kentucky recruit was the
state's Mr. Football honoree and two-time all-state selection. He charted
120 tackles and forced five fumbles this season after recording 173 tackles
as a junior. On offense, the running back rushed for 1,270 yards and 29 TDs.
If we had offensive and defensive players
of the year instead of just one player of the year, the Dallas area might
have swept it with Stafford on offense and Kindle on defense. Kindle was
that good this year, too. The Texas Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year
earned first team all-state on defense and second team on offense. He had
115 tackles, including 34 solo stops, and 31 for losses. As a tailback, he
rushed 218 times for 2,298 yards and 40 TDs. Committed to the University of
The highly-touted and recruited safety was
selected Georgia's Class 4A defensive player of the year and first team
all-state player after he impressed with his hard-hitting stops and coverage
during the last three years. Uncommitted for college at time of selection.
Recorded a 77.49 SPARQ Rating at the NIKE Camp in Athens.
The Southern California recruit was a
do-it-all last season for his team. The all-stater was in on 166 tackles and
intercepted five passes which were returned for 98 yards. On offense, he
landed 36 passes for 765 yards and 11 TDs and also rushed for three scores.
Mays was a state champion sprinter in track as a sophomore and during the
spring was one of the most freakish athletes seen on the national NIKE Camp
tour, clocking a 4.59 40 and benching 21 reps at the NIKE Camp in Stanford.
The University of Southern California
recruit was an all-state honoree and South Jersey Defensive Player of the
Year. He recorded 82 tackles, with 50 solo stops, and six interceptions, 10
pass breakups, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Myron Rolle (Hun School, Princeton NJ) 6-2, 214, Sr.
After a phenomenal junior year that saw
him gain state player of the year recognition on defense, Rolle didn't have
the same numbers as a senior but was avoided like the plague by opponents
and can still be a first-team All-American since New Jersey's other top
defender (Antwine Perez) also is on this team. Rolle, who is headed to
Florida State, clocked 4.53 in the 40 and posted a 80.55 SPARQ Rating at the
2005 State College NIKE Camp. He also has a 4.0 GPA.
Kai Forbath (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks CA) 6-0, 185, Sr.
Last year's first-team kicker gains a
repeat nod this year as the first-team punter. Forbath, regarded by many as
the top kicker in the nation, didn't have as many field goals this year, but
that was due more to his team scoring touchdowns than any fault of his own.
He averaged more than 40 yards as a punter. Forbath has committed to UCLA.
The University of Florida
recruit capped a productive prep career with two all-state honors. He landed
75 passes for 1,313 yards and 14 TDs, rushed 57 times for 504 yards and
scored 19 TDs rushing or returns. Career-wise, Harvin landed 173 passes for
2,935 yards and 42 scores, rushed for 1,194 yards and scored 35 TDs by
rushing or returns. He was considered the nation's top college prospect by
many at the start of the season with comparisons to 2005 Heisman Trophy
winner Reggie Bush of USC.
The state Class 3A Player of
the Year led his team to a 14-0 record and state title while being ranked
No. 17 in the Student Sports FAB 50. The University of Washington recruit
accounted for 52 touchdowns in an all-around effort. Locker completed 70 of
119 passes for 1,579 yards and 26 TDs with only one interception. He also
rushed 127 times for 1,338 yards and 24 scores. On defense, he returned two
of five interceptions for TDs.
McElroy is more
highly-regarded for college than 2004 Southlake Carroll QB Chase Daniel.
Like Daniel, he can run out of the pocket when pressured or on running plays
since often no running backs are in the Carroll backfield. McElroy was the
Class 5A state offensive player of the year. He connected on 308 of 458
passes for 4,636 yards and 56 touchdowns. Committed to Alabama. Had a 68.51
SPARQ Rating at the NIKE Camp in Fort Worth.
Mustain, who has received a
bulk of the postseason national player of the year honors, led his unbeaten
team to a 14-0 record, a state Class AAAAA title and No. 2 Student Sports
FAB 50 ranking. He completed 190 of 270 passes for a state 5A record 3,817
yards and 47 TDs with only six interceptions. He also rushed for seven
scores and was only sacked twice. In two years as starter, he passed for
5,986 yards and 67 TDs in 27 games. Mustain's time in almost every game he
played was cut short due to his team being so far ahead. He's committed to
The nation's leading scorer
led the Mustangs to a 13-0 record and state Class 5A title. A Kansas
University recruit, Sharp set a state record with 63 TDs, including 57
rushing, while gaining 3,304 yards on 319 carries. Career-wise, he rushed
for 6,524 yards -- second best in state history, on 786 carries and scored
108 TDs. Had a 86.84 SPARQ Rating at the NIKE Camp in Manhattan, clocking a
4.50 40 and posting a 34.5 inch vertical jump.
The lefthanded University of
Florida recruit led his team to a 13-2 record and first-ever state Class 4A
title with his arm and feet. Despite missing much of three games with an
ankle injury, he completed 215 of 338 passes for 3,324 yards and 31 TDs with
only four interceptions. He also rushed 183 times for 1,150 yards and 20
scores. In the title game victory over two-time defending champion Seffner
Armwood, he passed for 259 yards and four TDs and rushed for 170 yards and
two scores. Posted a superb 96.92 SPARQ Rating at the NIKE Camp in
Tallahassee, benching 39 reps and clocking a 4.69 40.
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Stay tuned the rest of the week as Student Sports releases the EA SPORTS second and third-team all-americans as well as the Junior and Sophomores of the Year as part of our Signing Day coverage!