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THE WINNER: Mark Chapman
School: Port Huron (Mich.)
Position: Quarterback and defensive back
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He rushed for 1,537 yards and 25 touchdowns on 181 carries this season, leading the Big Reds (7-3) to the Division 2 state tournament. A Mr. Football finalist as named by State Champs! Sports Network, Chapman also threw for 910 yards and seven touchdowns against only one interception, completing 71-of-133 passing attempts. A 2012 Michigan Preps and Rivals.com First Team All-Combine selection, he recorded 12 tackles as a defensive back.
Academic excellence: Chapman has maintained a 3.76 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered on behalf of his school’s Building Tomorrow’s Leaders and Motivators of Change service organizations.
“I have been coaching for 32 years and players like Mark Chapman do not come around that often,” said Mike Powell, head coach of rival Cousino (Warren, Mich.). “He is a great high school football player and a true leader of his team. He singlehandedly beat us and other teams the last two years. He is fast, strong and makes great decisions as a quarterback. I know Mark deserves this honor.”
THE FUTURE: Chapman has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at Central Michigan University beginning in the fall of 2013.