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THE WINNER: Jake Browning
School: Folsom (Calif.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Bulldogs to a 13-0 record and a berth in the Division I CIF Sac-Joaquin Section state championship game against Tracy, scheduled for Dec. 6. At the time of his selection, Browning had passed for 4,652 yards and 76 touchdowns, completing 290-of-419 attempts (69 percent) while throwing just four interceptions. The state’s returning Gatorade Football Player of the Year, he has eclipsed his own single-season state record of 75 touchdown passes, which he set as a junior in 2013. With 214 career touchdown passes, he is five shy of tying the national career record of 219, set by two-time Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year Maty Mauk.
Academic excellence: Browning has maintained a 3.68 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered at his school as a peer tutor and as a youth football coach.
“Jake Browning is an amazing young man with great character, integrity, and humility,” said Folsom head coach Kris Richardson. “When you combine his work ethic with his incredible passing skills and understanding of the game of football, you get one of the greatest quarterbacks in California history.”
THE FUTURE: Taking advantage of new NCAA early signing rules, Browning inked a financial-aid agreement last month that paves the way for him to enroll at Washington. He is expected to graduate from high school this month and begin classes in the spring semester.