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THE WINNER: Ke’Shawn Vaughn
School: Pearl-Cohn (Nashville, Tenn.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He rushed for 2,646 yards and 45 touchdowns on 231 carries this past season, leading the Firebirds to an 11-3 record and the Class 4A semifinals. An All-State selection as a junior, Vaughn earned the 2014 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Class AA Back of the Year award.
Academic excellence: Vaughn has maintained a 3.34 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s student leadership group, he has volunteered locally as a mentor for eighth-grade students.
“Ke’Shawn Vaughn is one of the best running backs I’ve ever seen on the field,” said Brian Harrell, head coach at Nashville (Tenn.) Stratford. “He has outstanding balance, speed, strength and vision. The most underrated thing that goes unnoticed about him is his toughness.”
THE FUTURE: Vaughn remains undecided on a collegiate destination.