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THE WINNER: Ryan Boyle
School: Dowling Catholic (Des Moines, Iowa)
Weight: 215 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Maroons (13-1) to a second consecutive Class 4A state championship this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Football Player of the Year rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in addition to completing 8-of-12 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in a 49-14, title-clinching victory against Cedar Rapids Washington. The victory cemented his second straight state championship game Most Valuable Player award. A 2015 USA Football U19 National Team selection, Boyle threw for 1,934 and 18 touchdowns against just one interception on 143-of-231 passing (62 percent) in 14 games. He also rushed for 1,123 yards and 19 touchdowns on 167 carries.
Academic excellence: Boyle has maintained a 3.82 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time on behalf of his church and as a student ambassador for his school’s peer-mentoring initiative, he has volunteered locally as part of fundraising efforts for clothing and toy drives, food banks and Tori’s Angels Foundation to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses.
“He’s a great player and makes his team go,” said Brian Woodley, head coach of rival Johnston. “I have met him off the field, and he is a tremendous leader of young men and an individual that is well liked by everyone he meets. Boyle is the type of kid I hope my sons grow to be like when in high school. I will say I’m glad he will be gone next year, as I’m sick of [game-planning] for him.”
THE FUTURE: Boyle has verbally committed to Iowa.