July 15, 2011

Butkus Award watch list is announced

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Manti Te'o ... Jordan Hicks ... Tony Steward.

The high school version of the Butkus Award is in just its fourth season, but the names of the first three winners show just how talented high school linebackers can be.

Fifty-one players (in honor of the number Dick Butkus wore with the Bears) from 19 states were placed on the pre-season watch list and will battle to become the fourth name on that list.

Georgia and Texas lead the way with seven nominees each. Florida and California both have six.

More impressively, two schools have two players.

Ukeme Eligwe and Raphael Kirby both play at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson; Joe Jackson and Reggie Northrup line up for Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast.

Noor Davis, an outside linebacker at Leesburg (Fla.) High is the highest-rated player in the Rivals250 on the watch. Davis, who has said he is heading to Stanford, is ranked as the No. 30 overall player in the country.

Semifinalist for the award will be announced on Oct. 24 with finalists picked on Nov. 22. The winner will be notified before Dec. 7. Players not on the first watch list are still eligible to be selected.

With that, a look at the list:

Butkus Award Watch List
NameSchoolCollege Choice
Kwon AlexanderOxford (Ala.) High Undecided
Reggie Ragland Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones Alabama
Michael Barton Concord (calif.) De La SalleCalifornia
Hardy NickersonOakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd Undecided
Aaron PorterLa Habra (Calif.) High UCLA
Joe RobinsonTemecula (Calif.) ChaparralUndecided
Jabari Ruffin Downey (Calif.) High USC
Scott StarrNorco (Calif.) high USC
clay NorgardHighlands Ranch (Colo.) Moutain Vista Colorado
Keith Brown Miami (Fla.) Norland Miami
Noor DavisThe Villages (Fla.) High Stanford
Joseph Jackson Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast West Virginia
Reggie Northrup Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast Miami
Eric StrikerArmwood (Fla.) Seffner Oklahoma
Josh Harvey-Clemons Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes Undecided
Josh DawsonTucker (Ga.) High Vanderbilt
Ukeme Eligwe Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson Florida State
Raphael Kirby Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson Miami
Dillon Lee Buford (Ga.) High Alabama
Ricky Parks Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway Auburn
Kenderius WhiteheadAlbany (Ga.) Monroe Undecided
Antonio Morrison Bolingbrook (Ill.) High Undecided
Ronnie Feist Reserve (La.) East St. John LSU
Trey Granier Thibodaux (La.) High LSU
Camren Williams West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial Penn State
Royce Jenkins-StoneDetroit (Mich.) Cass Tech Michigan
Mario OjemudiaFarmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison Michigan
James Ross Orcahrd Lake (Mich.) St. Mary Michigan
Nick Rallis Edina (Minn.) HighUndecided
Maxx WilliamsWaconia (Minn.) High Minnesota
Donavin NewsomSt. Louis (Mo.) Parkway North Missouri
Michael RoseKansas City (Mo.) RockhurstNebraska
Michael Scherer St. Louis (Mo.) MICDS Missouri
Channing Ward Aberdeen (Miss.) High Undecided
Nick Dawson Charlotte (N.C.) Berry Academy Undecided
Quanzell LambertSicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek Undecided
Joe BoldenCincinnati (Ohio) Colerain Michigan
Latroy Lewis Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban Undecided
Josh Perry Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy Ohio State
Kaleb RingerClayton (Ohio) Northmont Michigan
Deaysean Rippy McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox Undecided
Timothy Cole Brenham (Texas) High Texas
Eric DavisTyler (Texas) John Tyler Texas A&M
Alex De La Torre Denton (Texas) Ryan Texas
Peter Jinkens Dallas (Texas) Skyline Texas
Brian NanceEuless (Texas) Trinity Undecided
Jordan Richmond Denton (Texas) Ryan Texas A&M
Jeremiah TshimangaNorth Richland (Texas) Richland Oklahoma State
Kwontie MooreNorfolk (Vir.) Norfolk Christian Virginia
Vince BiegelWisconsin Rapids (Wisc.) Lincoln Wisconsin

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