Three quarterbacks are among the six finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award.
The award, given to the nation’s most outstanding senior in high school football, will be presented during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Show on Jan. 8 in San Antonio, the night before the Army Bowl.
The three quarterbacks are Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Shea Patterson (IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla) and Brandon Peters (Avon, Ind.). They are joined by defensive lineman Derrick Brown (Lanier; Buford, Ga.), and wide receivers Donnie Corley (Martin Luther King, Detroit) and Simi Fehoko (Brighton; Cottonwood Heights, Utah).
Here are capsules on each players’ accomplishments as provided by the Selection Committee. (Players are listed in alphabetical order.)
Derrick Brown, DL (Lanier High School, Buford, GA)
Brown is currently ranked the No. 8 athlete in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports and No. 13 in ESPN300. The 6-4, 322-pound defensive tackle has over 20 offers from Div. I schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee. An outstanding defensive line prospect, Brown has tremendous size, bulk and strength at this stage. He uses all three to control gaps and can be a real problem for opposing linemen. He fires off the ball with great quickness, and engages and sheds with fast, powerful hands. Ranked the third-best defensive tackle in the nation, Brown completed his high school career averaging 7.7 tackles per game, with 192 solo tackles and 33 sacks.
Donnie Corley, WR (Martin Luther King High School, Detroit, MI)
Ranked the No. 3 overall player in Michigan and No. 20 wide receiver in the nation by 247Sports, Corley has the combination of physicality, size, and competitiveness that you find in elite wide receivers. The 6-3, 182-pound Detroit native uses his body very well when tracking the football and consistently hauls in targeted passes with his outstanding ball skills. These skills helped Corley catch a 40-yard Hail Mary pass with seconds left to lead his high school team to their second state championship. He was recently named the offensive player of the year by MLive and is also one of five finalists for Michigan High School Football Player of the Year. While he has not announced where he will attend college, he has offers from Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan and Notre Dame.
Jacob Eason, QB (Lake Stevens High School, Lake Stevens, WA)
The 6-5 quarterback completed his senior year with 3,585 yards and 43 passing touchdowns. A consensus top 10 prospect and the number one pocket passer in this recruiting cycle, Eason is ranked 5th overall player in the nation by 247Sports. Eason has every physical trait ideal of a prototypical pocket passer, the arm strength to make every throw, and the arm accuracy to deliver each ball to the right spot. His consistency with his mechanics is extremely impressive – he stays tall and calm in the pocket and has a natural, smooth throwing motion. In his spare time, the University of Georgia commit coaches pee-wee football in his hometown.
Simi Fehoko, WR (Brighton High School, Cottonwood Heights, UT)
Ranked the No. 1 player in the state of Utah and a Top 40 wide receiver according to 247Sports, Fehoko possesses the hands, movement and competitiveness to take him to the next level. The Stanford commit has the skills to track the ball in the air and utilizes body control to make acrobatic catches. He broke two Utah receiving records this year, and has the best per-game receiving yards average (136.5) in Utah high school football history. His athleticism has not only proven true on the football field, but also on the basketball court as a four-year varsity basketball player.
Shea Patterson, QB (IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL)
Considered one of the top prospects in the Class of 2016, Patterson is ranked No. 4 overall and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports. With over 20 offers, Shea is committed to continue his football career at Ole Miss. Patterson has a natural feel for the quarterback position and can play in any scheme. He handles the ball really well, rarely making poor decisions, and displaying a keen understanding of defensive concepts. He possesses plus athleticism with the ability to hurt defenses with his legs, in addition to his impressively quick release and accurate arm.
Brandon Peters, QB (Avon High School, Avon, IN)
The 6-5, 205-pound quarterback sees the field with exceptional vision and awareness. He gets the ball out of hand with delivery that is quick, powerful and accurate. Ranked No. 6 in position and at Top 100 player in ESPN300, Peters is committed to play college football at the University of Michigan. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in terms of athletic talent, as Brandon’s sister Brooke currently plays volleyball at Purdue University.