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THE WINNER: Stanvon Taylor
School: East Central (Tulsa, Okla.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Cardinals to a 9-4 record this season entering the Class 5A state championship game, scheduled for Dec. 1. A Preseason First Team All-State selection as named by MaxPreps, Taylor hauled in 61 catches for 1,035 yards and 15 touchdowns through 13 games. He has also rushed for 300 yards and two scores on 28 carries in addition to completing 3-of-6 passes for 134 yards and two scores. Scout’s No. 11-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2013, Taylor has recorded 33 tackles and four interceptions, anchoring the secondary of a defense that allows 14.9 points per game.
Academic excellence: Taylor has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to working at a local nursing and rehabilitation center, he has volunteered as part of his school’s peer-mentoring program.
“No doubt this young man is a standout player,” san Dan Phillips, head coach of rival Central (Tulsa, Okla.). “He has great character and is much deserving of this award. I have watched him play in seven games this year in person and on video. He is a great football player as well as a leader on the East Central football team.”
THE FUTURE: Taylor has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Oklahoma beginning in the fall of 2013.