Dylan Moses of No. 2 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) was named the winner of the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top high school linebacker, on Monday.
Moses was given the award by Dick Butkus and Butkus’ son, Matt, during a surprise presentation at the IMG Academy team banquet.
Moses, an Alabama commit originally from Baton Rouge, La., had 116 tackles during the Ascenders’ unbeaten season. IMG held its opponents to fewer than nine points per game.
In selecting Moses, the committee said, “Moses is a prototype linebacker with rare speed and exceptional knockback body power. He’s been a force the last four years since he arrived in high school and is consistently impactful wherever he lines up. He has immense potential, and his future looks extremely bright. This year’s linebacker class was one of the strongest the last decade and included many exceptional football players.”
Other finalists were Baron Browning (Kennedale, Texas); Nate McBride (Vidalia, Ga.); Levi Draper (Collinsville, Okla.); and Anthony Hines (Plano East, Texas).
The selection committee is made up of coaches, recruiters, talent scouts and journalists.
The banquet capped a day in which Moses also got a visit from Alabama coach Nick Saban and outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi.