NFF’s Chapter Network recognizes 81 stellar high school scholar-athletes, community leaders

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Team of Distinction

IRVING, Texas – From a pool of 3,500 scholar-athletes, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the 81 members of the 2019 NFF Team of Distinction. William Harper of Thomas Jefferson High School in Grenta is among the distinguished honorees.

As part of its mission to promote the scholar-athlete ideal, the initiative allows the NFF to honor the top high school scholar-athletes from around the country and the NFF Chapter Network as the best and the brightest at the local level.

The members of the team all played their final high school season during the 2018-19 school year. As part of the award, all of the honorees will be part of a permanent digital display at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Criteria to make the team include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement. Each chapter is limited to one honoree, distinguishing them as the top scholar-athlete from all the high schools covered by the chapter.

“This initiative allows us to shine a national spotlight on some of the most deserving high school student-athletes honored at the local level by our expansive Chapter Network,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “This honor is one of the most prestigious national awards that a high school player can receive, and it really brings into focus the phenomenal work that our chapters do in identifying the most outstanding young leaders in their communities. We would like to congratulate all 81 honorees, holding them out as examples for future generations to emulate.”

Since 1959, the NFF Chapters have played an integral role in supporting and promoting the game of football at the amateur level while honoring the top scholar-athletes in their local areas. With 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network impacts more than 500,000 student-athletes at 5,000 high schools across the country each year. The centerpiece of the Chapter Network’s efforts are the annual chapter awards banquets, which recognize more than 3,500 of the nation’s top scholar-athletes and distribute more than $1 million in scholarships.

2019 NFF Team of Distinction Notes
81 Honorees
35 States Represented
4.0 Average GPA
71 Team Captains
15 Valedictorians
59 National Honor Society Members
32 All-State Selections
9 National Merit Honorees

South Region Honorees
Cade Ballard – QB, Greeneville High School in Greeneville, Tennessee. Submitted by the NFF East Tennessee Chapter.
3.93 GPA
Team captain, all-state selection and Gatorade Player of the Year
National Honor Society member

Brian Barber – P, Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. Submitted by the NFF S.M. McNaughton (LA) Chapter.
4.00 GPA
All-state selection
Valedictorian and National Honor Society member

Jack Buckley – S, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia. Submitted by the TD Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter.
4.20 GPA
Team captain
Class president and National Honor Society member

Cade Caldwell – TE/LS, George County High School in Lucedale, Mississippi. Submitted by the NFF Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter.
3.80 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
Mississippi Scholars Award recipient

Nakobe Dean – LB, Horn Lake High School in Horn Lake, Mississippi. Submitted by the NFF University of Georgia Chapter.
4.30 GPA
Team captain, All-American and Gatorade Player of the Year
National Honor Society member

Carson Freimuth – DE/LB, Lubbock High School in Lubbock, Texas. Submitted by the NFF Texas Tech Chapter.
4.72 GPA
Team captain and academic all-state selection
AP Scholar

Paul Game III – OT, High Point Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina. Submitted by the NFF Corrigan/Faircloth (NC) Chapter.
3.82 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
National Honor Society member

Lance Thomas Gaude Jr. – WR/DB, Cathedral School in Natchez, Mississippi. Submitted by the NFF Miss/Lou Chapter.
3.94 GPA
Team captain and all-district selection
National Honor Society member

Jake Gregory – OG/DE, Trousdale County High School in Hartsville, Tennessee. Submitted by the NFF Middle Tennessee Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
Class vice president and member of Beta Club

Chase Griffin – QB, Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas. Submitted by the NFF Greater Austin Chapter.
4.60 GPA
Gatorade Player of the Year and all-state selection
National Honor Society member and National Merit Scholar

Samuel Habel – DT/DE, Stratford High School in Houston, Texas. Submitted by the NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter.
6.50 GPA
Team captain, academic all-state and all-district selection
Valedictorian and National Honor Society member

William Harper – OG/DE, Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna, Louisiana. Submitted by the NFF Allstate Sugar Bowl (LA) Chapter.
3.90 GPA
Team captain and all-district selection
National Honor Society member

Jackson Harrison – QB/LB, Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, Tennessee. Submitted by the NFF Mountain Empire (TN) Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain and all-district and all-conference selection
Valedictorian and National Honor Society member

Tyler Hunter – LB/FB, Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Submitted by the NFF Memphis Chapter.
4.20 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
National Honor Society member

David Madzivanyika – DL, Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina. Submitted by the NFFCHOF Bill Dooley (NC) Chapter.
4.52 GPA
All-conference selection
National Honor Society member

Keith Ramos – DB, Miami Springs Senior High School in Miami Springs, Florida. Submitted by the NFF Miami Touchdown Club Chapter.
3.60 GPA
Team captain
Scholar-athlete award recipient

Zachary Reinert – LB, Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas. Submitted by the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter.
4.31 GPA
Team captain and all-district selection
National Honor Society member and AP Scholar with distinction

Nik Scalzo – QB, Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Submitted by the NFF Brian Piccolo/Fort Lauderdale (FL) Chapter.
4.63 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
Member of the honor roll

Jordan Williams – S, Golden Gate High School in Naples, Florida. Submitted by the NFF Collier County (FL) Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain
All-county selection

Joshua Youngblood – QB/WR, Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. Submitted by the NFF Tampa Chapter.
3.40 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
Member of the dean’s list

East Region Honorees
Alex Barshaba – OL/DL, Staten Island Technical High School in Staten Island, New York. Submitted by the NFF New York City Chapter.
97 average grade
Team captain and All-New York City selection
AP Scholar and member of the all-state academic team

Nick Campbell – FB/LB, Allentown High School in Allentown, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Delaware Valley (NJ) Chapter.
4.13 GPA
Team captain and all-conference selection
Member of National Honor Society

Kevin Coleman – RB/CB, Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, New York. Submitted by the NFF Westchester (NY) Chapter.
4.30 GPA
Team captain and two-time all-state selection
AP Scholar and National Honor Society member

Spencer Dimon – OL/DL, Williams Valley High School in Tower City, Pennsylvania. Submitted by the NFF Schuylkill/Pottsville (PA) Chapter.
102 average grade
Conference Player of the Year and all-state selection
Valedictorian and class president

Tommy Friberg – QB, State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania. Submitted by the NFF Central Pennsylvania Chapter.
3.97 GPA
Team captain and All-Mid-Penn selection
Member of the honor roll

Ben Gerber – QB, The Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Submitted by the NFF Philadelphia Chapter.
4.54 GPA
Team captain and county player of the year
National Merit Commended Scholar

Michael Janis – QB/DB, Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. Submitted by the NFF National Capital (DC) Chapter.
4.70 GPA
Team captain and all-county player of the year
Member of National Honor Society

Simon Low – WR/S, Glen Ridge High School in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Essex County (NJ) Chapter.
4.27 GPA
Team captain and all-conference selection
National Honor Society member

Shaye McKenna – LB, DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Passaic County (NJ) Chapter.
4.33 GPA
Team captain and first team all-league selection
National Honor Society member

Joe Munson – C/LB, Valley Stream Central High School in Valley Stream, New York. Submitted by the NFF Nassau County (NY) Chapter.
100.6 average grade
Team captain
AP Scholar and National Honor Society member

Alec Rodriquez – TE/LB, Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF South Jersey Chapter.
100.4 average grade
Team captain and all-conference selection
Member of the high honor roll

Nathan Michael Rosahac – WR/DE, Jim Thorpe Area High School in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Submitted by the NFF Lehigh Valley (PA) Chapter.
104 average grade
All-conference selection
Class president and National Honor Society member

Anthony Sofia – QB, Randolph High School in Randolph, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Greater Morris County (NJ) Chapter.
4.40 GPA
Team captain and county player of the year
National Honor Society member

Noah Stansbury – CB/WR, Edison High School in Edison, New Jersey. Submitted by the NFF Bill Denny/Rutgers FB Letterwinners (NJ) Chapter.
3.37 GPA
Team captain
First team all-state selection

Jacob Tribull – FB/LB, St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Submitted by the NFF Greater Baltimore Chapter.
4.31 GPA
Team captain and all-conference selection
AP Scholar and National Honor Society member

Midwest Region Honorees
Will Cichowski – FB/LB, Lockport Township High School in Lockport, Illinois. Submitted by the NFF Chicago Metro Chapter.
4.50 GPA
Team captain and first team all-conference selection
Member of National Honor Society and academic all-state team

Jonathon Eineman – WR, Mooresville High School in Mooresville, Indiana. Submitted by the NFF Central Indiana Chapter.
4.08 GPA
Team captain, all-state selection and mid-state player of the year
National Honor Society member

CJ Fisher – LB, Mishawaka High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. Submitted by the NFF Moose Krause (IN) Chapter.
4.60 GPA
Team captain and all-state and all-conference selection
Valedictorian, National Honor Society and National Merit finalist

CeAyre Hall – DE, Withrow University High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Submitted by the NFF Greater Cincinnati Chapter.
3.76 GPA
Team captain and second team all-conference selection
National Honor Society member

Zach Harrison – DE/TE, Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. Submitted by the NFF Columbus (OH) Chapter.
3.57 GPA
Team captain and U.S. Army All-American
First team all-conference and all-district selection

Andrew Hunt – RB/S, Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Submitted by the NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter.
3.99 GPA
Team captain and academic all-state selection
National Honor Society member and AP Scholar

Kyran Husk – DE/OT, Benjamin Bosse High School in Evansville, Indiana. Submitted by the NFF Southern Indiana Chapter.
3.97 GPA
Team captain and Indiana Football Digest Primetime 25 selection
National Honor Society member

Jack Kosar – FB/LB, Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio. Submitted by the NFF Mike Cleary/Northeastern Ohio Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain
National Honor Society member and AP Scholar with distinction

Logan O’Brien – OL/DL, Fennimore High School in Fennimore, Wisconsin. Submitted by the NFF Wisconsin Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
Valedictorian and National Honor Society member

Ethan Pritchard – OL/DL, Cadillac High School in Cadillac, Michigan. Submitted by the NFF State of Michigan Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain and all-conference selection
Valedictorian, National Honor Society and National Merit finalist

Tavian Sanchez – LB, Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Submitted by the NFF Iowa Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain and academic all-state selection
Valedictorian and National Honor Society president

Garsen Schorr – OG/DT, Kasson-Mantorville High School in Kasson, Minnesota. Submitted by the NFF Minnesota Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain and academic all-state selection
Valedictorian and class president

Latavion Scott – RB/WR, Bryant High School in Bryant, Arkansas. Submitted by the NFF Arkansas Chapter.
2.80 GPA
Team captain
All-state selection

Casey Scroggins – DB, Huron High School in Huron, Ohio. Submitted by the NFF Toledo Chapter.
3.87 GPA
Team captain and first team all-state
National Honor Society member

Austin Shoffner – DE, Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas. Submitted by the NFF Sunflower (KS) Chapter.
4.36 GPA
All-state selection
National Honor Society member and Eagle Scout

Northeast Region Honorees
Nick Annechino – C, Aquinas Institute of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Submitted by the NFF Rochester (NY) Chapter.
99.3 average grade
Team captain
Valedictorian and National Honor Society member

Tyler Bridge – RB/DB, Wells High School in Wells, Maine. Submitted by the NFF State of Maine Chapter.
98.3 average grade
Team captain and all-state player of the year
National Honor Society member

Hunter Cusimano – DB, Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. Submitted by the NFF DeSantis-McDougall/Fairfield County (CT) Chapter.
4.60 GPA
Team captain and National Honor Society member
National Merit Commended Scholar

Lucas Ferraro – OL, Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts. Submitted by the NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter.
4.19 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
Member of National Honor Society and all-scholastic team

Kevin Girardi – RB, Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Connecticut. Submitted by the NFF Casey-O’Brien/New Haven (CT) Chapter.
3.98 GPA
Team captain
National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar

Patrick Hagearty – OT/DT, Londonderry High School in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Submitted by the NFF Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter.
4.23 GPA
First team all-state and all-conference selection
Member of National and Math honor societies

Alex Halkias – RB/LB, Berlin High School in Berlin, Connecticut. Submitted by the NFF Doc Boisoneau/Northern Connecticut Chapter.
101.3 average grade
Team captain and all-state and all-conference selection
Salutatorian and National Honor Society member

Nicholas Helbig – OG/NG, Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton, Connecticut. Submitted by the NFF Southeastern Connecticut Chapter.
3.90 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
National Honor Society member

Stratton Sherman – QB, Schuylerville High School in Schuylerville, New York. Submitted by the NFF Capital District (NY) Chapter.
3.70 GPA
Team captain, league offensive player of the year and all-state selection
National Honor Society member

Renwick Smith – TE, St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Submitted by the NFF Vermont Chapter.
95.4 average grade
All-state selection
Member of National Honor Society and high honor roll

Lou Vigeant – RB/LB, Marlborough High School in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Submitted by the NFF Joe Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts Chapter.
4.63 GPA
Team captain and league MVP
Member of Telegram-Gazette Super Team

Michael Walsh – QB, Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. Submitted by the NFF Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter.
3.68 GPA
Team captain and all-state selection
Member of USA Today All-Rhode Island team

Nathanial Wellington – WR/LB, Skaneateles High School in Skaneateles, New York. Submitted by the NFF Central New York Chapter.
95.2 average grade
Team captain and all-state and all-conference selection
National Honor Society member with AP high honors

Homer Winston – QB/LB, Lee High School in Lee, Massachusetts. Submitted by the NFF Western Massachusetts Chapter.
102 average grade
Team captain and All-Western Massachusetts selection
National Honor Society and National Merit Commended Scholar

West Region Honorees
Ashton Authement – WR/CB, Notre Dame High School in Riverside, California. Submitted by the NFF Riverside County (CA) Chapter.
4.60 GPA
Team captain, all-state selection and league MVP
Valedictorian and National Honor Society member

Colby Bowman – WR, St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. Submitted by the NFF Los Angeles Chapter.
3.96 GPA
Team captain and first team all-conference selection
Member of the principal’s honor roll

Zachary Brentano – OL/LB, St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Oregon. Submitted by the NFF Oregon Chapter.
3.85 GPA
Team captain and first team all-league selection
Member of National Honor Society and Key Club

Joseph Chu – LB, Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California. Submitted by the NFF Orange County Chapter.
4.66 GPA
Team captain and first team all-league selection
Member of principal’s honor roll

Isaac Hoidal – WR/LB, Stevenson High School in Stevenson, Washington. Submitted by the NFF Clark County (WA) Chapter.
3.99 GPA
Team captain, all-state selection and league offensive player of the year
Valedictorian, National Honor Society and academic all-state team

Dusty Inness – WR/DB, Northwest Christian School in Phoenix, Arizona. Submitted by the NFF Valley of the Sun (AZ) Chapter.
4.47 GPA
Team captain, all-Arizona selection and region player of the year
National Honor Society member and class president

Timothy Jensen – RB/LB, Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington. Submitted by the NFF Tacoma Pierce County (WA) Chapter.
3.88 GPA
Team captain and first team all-league
National Honor Society and National Merit Commended Scholar

Caden Johnson – RB/LB, Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah. Submitted by the NFF Utah Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain and Class 5A MVP
Member of National Honor Society and academic all-state team

Zac McPherson – T, Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Submitted by the NFF Las Vegas Chapter.
4.79 GPA
Team captain and all-league and academic all-state selection
Valedictorian and National Honor Society member

Barrett Miller – OT, Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colorado. Submitted by the NFF Colorado Chapter.
4.30 GPA
Two-time first team all-state selection
Four-year member of the honor roll

Jack Oswald – P/K, Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California. Submitted by the NFF San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter.
4.67 GPA
All-area team selection
National Honor Society and National Merit Scholar

Hudson Andrew Potts – QB/S, Kentlake High School in Kent, Washington. Submitted by the NFF King County/Seattle Chapter.
4.00 GPA
Team captain, all-division selection and defensive back of the year
Valedictorian and National Honor Society member

Ivan Sanchez – TE/LB, Workman High School in City Of Industry, California. Submitted by the NFF Pasadena/San Gabriel (CA) Chapter.
4.20 GPA
Team captain and first team all-league selection
Valedictorian, class president and National Honor Society member

Colby Schnayer – OL/DL, Campolindo High School in Moraga, California. Submitted by the NFF Northern California Chapter.
3.98 GPA
Team captain
National Honor Society member

Michael Shawcroft – LB, Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, California. Submitted by the NFF Walter J. Zable/San Diego Chapter.
4.20 GPA
Team captain and CIF San Diego Defensive Player of the Year
All-academic team captain

Kade Van Dyken – WR/S, Big Horn High School in Big Horn, Wyoming. Submitted by the NFF Wyoming Chapter.
3.97 GPA
Team captain and three-time all-state selection
Member of National Honor Society and presidential honor roll

Cade Wyant – QB, Rocklin High School in Rocklin, California. Submitted by the NFF Sacramento Valley (CA) Chapter.
4.27 GPA
Team captain and all-metro selection
All-San Joaquin section quarterback

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