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THE WINNER: Cole Langer
School: Dell Rapids (S.D.)
Position: Linebacker and fullback
Weight: 240 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Quarriers to an 11-1 record and the Class A state championship this past season. Langer rushed for 874 yards and 15 touchdowns on 102 carries, and recorded 71 tackles along with three forced fumbles. He is a two-time first-team All-State selection and a member of the Argus Leader Elite 45 team.
Academic excellence: Langer has maintained a 4.14 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs and has served on his school’s student council.
“He can take over a game with just his hard running style,” said Craig Clayberg, head coach at Tea (S.D.). “When you have a player with his size, speed and body control, it’s very difficult for your defense to stop. One defensive player can’t bring him down — you need two, three or even four guys.”
THE FUTURE: Langer has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at South Dakota State University beginning in the fall of 2013.