Published December 6, 2013 - 12:00pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
SEC fans had another reason to pound their chests this week, as the Gatorade Player of the Year state awards were handed out–and seven current commitments were named state players of the year.
And if one adds in Leonard Fournette, who is from Louisiana and is a serious LSU lean, you can make it eight of the awards for the SEC.
When one takes into account that several state players of the year won’t play Division I football (Alaska, Vermont, etc.), some are uncommitted, and there are another 100 or so Division I schools vying for the rest of these elite players, etc etc, it makes the mark of eight SEC kids even more impressive. Tennessee had two of them to lead the pack–with Todd Kelly Jr. winning the state of Tennessee’s honor, and D’Andre Payne winning the District of Columbia’s.
Arkansas native and Razorbacks QB commit Ty Storey, the only junior among the SEC commits to win the honor, summed it up for the entire group:
“I feel honored to win this award but at the same time I’m focused on finishing this year strong,” Storey told Saturday Down South. “I know without the hard work of my teammates and coaches this wouldn’t be possible. Again I’m very humbled and honored to receive this award. The Arkansas fans have always been very supportive of me. I appreciate their support.”
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Here’s a list of the state winners with SEC ties:
|STATE WINNER||ATHLETE||POS||HIGH SCHOOL||HOMETOWN||COLLEGE|
|Alabama||Racean Thomas||RB||Oxford HS||Oxford||Auburn|
|D.C.||D’Andre Payne||CB/WR||H.D. Woodson||Washington||Tennessee|
|Florida||Sony Michel||RB||American Heritage||Plantation||Georgia|
|Louisiana||Leonard Fournette||RB||St. Augustine||New Orleans||*LSU or Alabama|
|Mississippi||Devin Voorhies||Qb/S||Wilkinson County||Woodville||LSU|
|North Carolina||Will Grier||QB||Davidson Day||Davidson||Florida|
|Tennessee||Todd Kelly Jr.||S/RB||Webb School||Knoxville||Tennessee|
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