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THE WINNER: Alex Malzone
School: Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He threw for 2,998 yards and 38 touchdowns against five interceptions on 211-of-325 passing (65 percent) this past season, leading the Warriors (11-1) to the Division 2 regional finals. The Division 1-2 Player of the Year as named by the Associated Press, Malzone led Brother Rice to back-to-back Division 2 state championships as a sophomore and junior. A 2014 Elite 11 quarterback camp finalist, he set every major passing record in school history.
Academic excellence: Malzone has maintained a 3.79 GPA.
Exemplary character: An active member of his church community, he has also volunteered on behalf of the Christ Child House and Saint Vincent de Paul, supporting the underprivileged in Detroit.
“Alex Malzone is maybe the best quarterback I’ve seen in the Detroit Catholic League in my 25 years,” said George Porritt, head coach of rival Orchard Lake Village (Mich.) Lake Saint Mary’s Prep. “He has the skill level to be great, but the intellectual level to be special.”
THE FUTURE: Malzone has verbally committed to Michigan.