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THE WINNER: Evan Skoug
School: Libertyville (Ill.)
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: He owned a .407 batting average for the Wildcats (27-5) at the time of his selection. In 32 games, Skoug slugged four home runs and collected 29 RBI while compiling an on-base percentage of .593. A Perfect Game Preseason High School Second Team All-America honoree, he earned First Team All-State recognition as a junior.
Academic excellence: Skoug has maintained a 3.85 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a talented musician and a devoted member of his church youth group, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter, youth sports programs and Feed My Starving Children. He has also completed a service-mission trip to a South Dakota Native American reservation.
“Skoug is a difference-maker on both offense and defense,” said Ray Del Fava, head coach at Lake Forest. “You have to pitch to him very carefully, and he’s a great leader for his team. On defense, he calls a great game, he receives the ball very well, and he just shut down our running game.”
THE FUTURE: Skoug has signed with Texas Christian.