Linebacker Nominations The Riddell Footwear High School
All-America Football Team consists of the best football players in the
entire country. Additionally, the team will bestow seven special coaching
awards - one to the national high school coach of the year and six more
to regional coaches of the year throughout the country. Here are the nominations
for the linebackers. The actual team members will be announced
in January, along with the Riddell Footwear National Coach of the Year
and six Riddell Footwear Regional Coaches of the Year.
One of the top players in the
country, Brooks has awesome speed and power and forces teams to run away from
him. His father is a former NFL player. In his first game as a senior, Brooks
recorded nine tackles and helped hold the opponent to only seven points.
College choices: Virginia,
Florida State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Although Byrdsong's junior season
was cut short due to injuries, there's no question that he's one of the top
linebackers in the entire country. The 6-3, 225-pound linebacker possesses a
rare combination of size, speed and playmaking ability.
College choices: Arkansas,
Texas, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Florida State.
D'Andrea Avon Lake, Ohio Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds
One of the country's premier
prospects. Prototype linebacker with size, speed, and strength. Fierce hitter
and very sure tackler.
College choices: Michigan,
Nebraska, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Harris has been the district most
valuable player on defense for two years in a row - which means a lot because
he plays in one of the best districts in Texas. He's not the tallest player
around, but Harris just flat out makes tackles. And he's also one of the
hardest hitters around.
Nicholson has the speed of a wide
receiver and the build of a defensive end. He's easily one of the top players
in the south and the type of talent that reminds some of Lawrence Taylor.
College choices: Texas,
Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
White San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds
White is one of the top
linebackers in Southern California. He has ability to always be near the ball
and can lay out defenders. He was a first team all-CIF pick as a junior after
recording 181 tackles, including 99 solo stops.
College choices: Washington
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