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THE WINNER: Cameron Batson
School: Millwood (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Falcons to a 13-0 record entering the Class 2A state semifinals, scheduled for Dec. 7. Batson threw for 1,946 yards and 27 touchdowns on 101-of-186 passing entering the postseason final four. A returning First Team Little All-City selection as named by The Oklahoman, Batson also rushed for 1,039 yards and 16 touchdowns on 108 carries in addition to collecting three receptions for 52 yards and two scores though 13 games. He has recorded 38 tackles and returned three of his nine interceptions for touchdowns.
Academic excellence: Batson has maintained a 4.00 GPA, ranks No. 1 in his graduating class and serves as senior class president.
Exemplary character: A member of the student council, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf his church’s youth group, the Lupus Foundation of America and the annual Walk to Defeat ALS. Batson has also donated his time as a math and science mentor in the University of Oklahoma’s Future Health Scientists Partnership Program.
“He is an outstanding player and the leader of his team, but also demonstrates great humility and is a class act on the field,” said J.R. Conrad, head coach at rival Dibble (Okla.). “It’s encouraging to see someone who can dominate the game also demonstrate great sportsmanship after the game. I won Gatorade Player of the Year for Oklahoma as a Fairland (Okla.) High senior and believe he would represent the award well.”
THE FUTURE: Batson has verbally committed to Texas Tech.