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THE WINNER: Jacques Patrick
School: Timber Creek (Orlando, Fla.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 230 pounds
Athletic achievement: He rushed for 2,526 yards and 34 touchdowns on 276 yards this past season, leading the Wolves (7-4) to the Class 8A regional semifinals. A Preseason American Family Insurance All-USA Football Team selection as named by USA TODAY, Patrick threw for 165 yards and four touchdowns on 14-of-23 passing as a Wildcat quarterback. Also a 2015 Under Armour All-America Game selection, his 7,922 career rushing yards rank first in Class 8A and fifth in Florida prep history.
Academic excellence: Patrick has maintained a 3.13 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, he has participated in fundraisers to benefit cancer research in addition to serving as a friend and mentor to Timber Creek students with disabilities.
“If there’s another player in the nation that can dominate a game physically on the offensive side of the ball the way Jacques can, I’d love to see him play,” said Wes Allen, head coach of rival Oviedo. “Game planning with our staff, we discussed if he was the most dominant player we had faced in our seven years together. Names of guys we had played came up—like Timmy Jerrnigan, Jeff Driskel, Taj Williams, Ray-Ray Armstrong and others—and Jacques is without a doubt the most dominating player we have faced.”
THE FUTURE: Patrick has verbally committed to Florida State.