NEW YORK — Whitehouse High School senior quarterback Patrick Mahomes has made honorable mention on the prestigious Parade All-American High School Football team, which will be published in Sunday issue.
Parade is included in Sunday’s Tyler Morning Telegraph.
Parade recognizes 57 players in all — 13 players on offense and 13 players on defense, with 31 players receiving honorable mention notice. The All-America team is selected by Parade contributing editor Brian McLaughlin, who also covers recruiting for the college football site Saturday Down South.In selecting the team, he considered all-state teams, state player of the year honors, and statistics, as well as his own observations in person.
Also, Will Grier, 18, of Davidson Day School in Davidson, N.C., has been named Player of the Year.
Over his high school career, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior quarterback has been amazingly consistent: Grier threw for 195 touchdowns, including 77 his senior year, and averaged 383 passing yards a game. He finished with 14,559 total passing yards while leading his team, the Patriots, to three straight state championships (he threw 10 touchdowns in one game in 2012).
Parade has been recognizing top football talent for the past 50 years. The elite group as included 14 Heisman Trophy winners—including Tyler’s Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, Herschel Walker, Charles Woodson, and the last two Heisman winners, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston of Florida State.Manziel and Winston are part of a long line of prescient Parade quarterback picks, including Pro Hall of Famers Joe Montana (class of ’73), Dan Marino, and John Elway (both from the class of ’78 a vintage year that also saw Parade pick future NFL stars Eric Dickerson and Jeff Hostetler).
And in 1994, Parade picked a New Orleans high school senior named Peyton Manning, who had his own record-setting year in the NFL this season.
For the full Parade All-American Team list, and more on Parade’s Player of the Year, see Sunday’s issue.