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THE WINNER: James Johannesson
School: Fargo (N.D.) South
Position: Running back
Weight: 215 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Bruins to a 9-2 record and the Class AAA semifinals this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Football Player of the Year, Johannesson rushed for 2,072 yards and 32 touchdowns on 216 carries. He is a two-time First Team All-State selection.
Academic excellence: Johannesson has maintained a 3.21 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a hockey and track standout, he has volunteered locally visiting nursing homes and assisting with youth hockey and football programs.
“His combination of size and speed is unparalleled in the state of North Dakota,” said Jeremy Newton, head coach at West Fargo Sheyenne. “He’s the most dominant back I’ve seen at this level in a long time.”
THE FUTURE: Johannesson has verbally committed to Minnesota.