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THE WINNER: Denzel Goolsby
School: Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Eagles to a 13-0 record and the Class 5A state title this past season. Goolsby rushed for 1,641 yards and 31 touchdowns on 192 carries and caught 16 passes for 251 yards and seven scores. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he returned five punts for TDs and his only kickoff return went 99 yards for a touchdown.
Academic excellence: Goolsby has maintained a weighted 3.67 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of Bishop Carroll’s student-run Leadership Team, he has volunteered locally at a special education center and as a youth football coach.
“Denzel Goolsby is a very good and well-rounded football player, and an even better young man,” said Brent Pfeifer, head coach of Wichita (Kan.) Maize South. “Watching him on film, he looks like he does some nice things, but when you see him [in person] on the field, it is much more impressive.”
THE FUTURE: Goolsby has verbally committed to Kansas State.