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2021 NFL Draft: Mapping out high school home of Trevor Lawrence and every No. 1 pick since 1990 - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: Mapping out high school home of Trevor Lawrence and every No. 1 pick since 1990
Since 1990, there had been 19 quarterbacks selected as the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. On Thursday, Trevor Lawrence made 20. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound signal caller from Cartersville (Ga.) was just announced by commissioner Roger Goodell as the top pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lawrence was the fourth straight quarterback selected No. 1 overall. He is the second Georgia signal caller since 2011 to come off the board first, joining Cam Newton of Westlake (Atlanta).

The Clemson star was a slam dunk pick at No. 1 and has been viewed in that light since his high school days. He threw for 13,902 yards and 121 touchdowns in 56 career games (53 wins) at Cartersville and was the unanimous No. 1 recruit in the country. He hit the ground running at Clemson, leading the Tigers to a national championship as a freshman and going 39-3 during his career.

While Georgia's reputation as a high school football hotbed and pipeline to the pros continues to grow, California and Texas have produced a third of the top picks over the last three decades with five each. Of those 10 picks, eight were quarterbacks. Interestingly, though Florida leads all states in draft picks since 1990, none have gone No. 1.

Read on for a complete breakdown of top picks since 1990.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
JaMarcus Russell, QB, 2007, Williamson (Mobile)
Jameis Winston, QB, 2015, Hueytown

Keyshawn Johnson, WR, 1996, Dorsey (Los Angeles)
David Carr, QB, 2002, Stockdale (Bakersfield)
Carson Palmer, QB, 2003, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Alex Smith, QB, 2005, Helix (La Mesa)
Jared Goff, QB, 2016, Marin Catholic (Kentfield)

Cam Newton, QB, 2011, Westlake (Atlanta)
Trevor Lawrence, QB, 2021, Cartersville

Russell Maryland, DL, 1991, Whitney Young (Chicago)

Jeff George, QB, 1990, Warren Central (Indianapolis)

Tim Couch, QB, 1999, Leslie County (Hyden)

Peyton Manning, QB, 1998, Newman (New Orleans)
Eli Manning, QB, 2004, Newman (New Orleans)

Jake Long, OL, 2008, Lapeer East (Lapeer)
Eric Fisher, OL, 2013, Stoney Creek (Rochester Hills)

North Carolina
Mario Williams, DL, 2006, Richlands

Dan Wilkinson, DL, 1994, Dunbar (Dayton)
Ki-Jana Carter, RB, 1995, Westerville South (Westerville)
Orlando Pace, OL, 1997, Sandusky
Joe Burrow, QB, 2000, Athens (The Plains)

Sam Bradford, QB, 2010, Putnam City North (Oklahoma City)

South Carolina
Courtney Brown, DL, 2000, Macedonia (Closed)
Jadeveon Clowney, DL, 2014, South Pointe (Rock Hill)

Matthew Stafford, QB, 2009, Highland Park (Dallas)
Andrew Luck, QB, 2012, Stratford (Houston)
Myles Garrett, DE, 2017, Martin (Arlington)
Baker Mayfield, QB, 2018, Lake Travis (Austin)
Kyler Murray, QB, 2019, Allen (Texas)

Michael Vick, QB, 2001, Warwick (Newport News)

Steve Emtman, DL, 1992, Cheney
Drew Bledsoe, QB, 1993, Walla Walla
High school girls basketball rankings: Lake Highland Prep extends win streak to 32 games, remains No. 1 in this week's HIGHSCORE Top 25 - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Lake Highland Prep extends win streak to 32 games, remains No. 1 in this week's MaxPreps Top 25
State championship banners don't have an asterisk on them — nor do national rankings. As many of the teams in this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings begin navigating the always treacherous waters of postseason play, their goal is to win a state title, no matter what the circumstances.

If they do, the banner that goes up in the gym isn't going to note that COVID changed everything in 2020-21 – nor should it.

And the same applies to the MaxPreps Top 25. Sure, a couple California teams would likely have bumped some teams out, and certainly a few DMV schools would be taking up spots, plus there would likely be entries from unrepresented states such as Illinois and New York.

But every year is different. Key players get hurt. Banked 3-pointers go in at the buzzer. Officials make goofy calls. This season is unique for other reasons, but regardless, every team on the list below has had a very good, if not great, year. And every team on the list below deserves its spot and the recognition that goes along with it.

There are always caveats, strange occurrences, inexplicable upsets and those that manage to end the season in the MaxPreps Top 25 have somehow found a way to earn a ranking. And in that regard, this year is no different – and there's no asterisk on these rankings, just as there won't be on that banner in the gym.

It's not the circumstances that define teams — it's how they respond.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Sophomore Adison Markowski (pictured) and senior sister Alexis have helped Pius X of Lincoln, Neb., win 24 games in a row dating back to last season.
File photo by Samuel Mfinanga
Sophomore Adison Markowski (pictured) and senior sister Alexis have helped Pius X of Lincoln, Neb., win 24 games in a row dating back to last season.
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 16-0 | Last week: 1
The Lake Highland Prep train is rolling, and there doesn't seem to be anything short of GEICO Nationals that can derail it. The Highlanders trounced Anclote 88-17 last Thursday in the Class 4A regional quarterfinals and beat Eustis 67-57 in the regional semifinals Tuesday.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 2
Westlake has had nearly three weeks off but will finally get back on the court this weekend in the AAAAAA playoffs – which makes it time for our annual question: Why doesn't Georgia just call them the 6A playoffs instead of making us count the "A"s?

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record: 21-0 | Last week: 3
Mount Notre Dame will continue to feast on low seeds for a few more games, but there are a bunch of good teams in Ohio and the road to the state title will surely have a few bumps.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record: 8-0 | Last week: 4
It could be that Hopkins was distracted the last time it played Minnetonka and the one-point win was an aberration. And then Minnetonka lost to Chaska and dropped out of the MaxPreps Top 25. Still, Hopkins' game at Minnetonka Thursday definitely qualifies as a big one.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 5
A game at Renaissance on Saturday should be the toughest so far.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record: 18-0 | Last week: 6
Incarnate Word continues to show the Show Me State who's boss, though no games are on the schedule until Feb. 24. At that point, 8-1 Burroughs will be the opponent, which will likely be the last real test until postseason.

7. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record: 27-0 | Last week: 7
The Cougars are 68-1 over the past two seasons.

8. Norman (Okla.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 8
Norman only beat Edmond Memorial by 12 the first time around and that game was in the friendly confines. Friday's rematch is at Edmond Memorial.

9. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)
Record: 6-0 | Last week: 9
The Garden State's best hosts unbeaten Red Bank Catholic on Saturday. New Jersey's postseason will be brief and local, so the usual playoff pressure will be much reduced.

10. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record: 10-0 | Last week: 10
Ten games isn't very many but it's enough to convince us Paul VI is a top 10 team.

11. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record: 19-1 | Last week: 11
The Eagles have added three games to their schedule, playing in the Independent School Nationals this weekend. Along with New Hope (ranked in preseason), the event will bring in other quality teams as well, giving Montverde a chance to jump into the top 10 – or conceivably drop down in the rankings.

12. DeSoto (Texas)
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 13
Before any shot at No. 7 Cypress Creek is possible, a third win over Duncanville will likely be required.

13. Newark (Ohio)
Record: 21-1 | Last week: 14
Newark and No. 3 Mount Notre Dame are the favorites in Ohio, and though both won't be tested for a while, there's no guarantee the two can navigate the tricky shoals of Ohio girls basketball long enough to get the matchup fans want to see.

14. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 17
Mullen's only loss of the season came to Grandview and those two teams meet again Friday.

15. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record: 20-0 | Last week: 15
The regular season ends Thursday for Fremont with the 6A playoffs to follow. It looks like the path to an unbeaten season has few potholes.

16. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 16
Continues to handle the competition in the Philadelphia Catholic League but Neumann-Goretti could be a more than a handful come Feb. 23.

17. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record: 8-0 | Last week: NR
The Cavaliers are averaging 80.5 points per game so far this season.

18. Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.)
Record: 15-0 | Last week: 20
We'll find out just how good Anderson County is this week. First up is 12-0 Elizabethtown on Thursday and then a trip to 11-3 Sacred Heart on Saturday.

19. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record: 4-0 | Last week: 19
Due to New Jersey's limited postseason, Rutgers Prep may not be seriously tested all year.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record: 8-0 | Last week: NR
Chaska burst the bubble of previous No. 25 Minnetonka with a 71-66 overtime win and jumped into the MaxPreps Top 25. But Hopkins shows up on the schedule in early March, so residence in the rankings after that is uncertain.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record: 31-1 | Last week: 21
The Trojans will likely face some teams with gaudy records — Mortimer Jordan and Hartselle among them — but so far, no one in the Yellowhammer State has been able to turn Hazel Green blue.

22. Ponchatoula (La.)
Record: 28-0 | Last week: 22
The 32-team 5A playoffs begin Friday. Ponchatoula is unlikely to be challenged until the third-round game on Feb. 26.

23. Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record: 23-1 | Last week: 24
District play is under way in Tennessee and Bearden will likely have to get past 15-5 Farragut to advance to the regionals. Bearden only beat Farragut by one and by six in the first two meetings.

24. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record: 21-2 | Last week: NR
A third Florida team cracks the MaxPreps Top 25. Both of American Heritage's losses are to to-shelf teams and it also is the only team to have beaten Blanche Ely. A healthy Palm Bay will likely be the biggest challenge in the 5A playoffs.

25. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record: 18-0 | Last week: NR
The only team that has given Pius X any trouble is Fremont, as every other win has been by 12 points or more. Since Fremont isn't in the same division, it looks like Pius X is on track for a state title and a permanent home in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Dropped out: No. 12 North Central (Indianapolis); No. 18 Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.); No. 23 Upperman (Baxter, Tenn.); No. 25 Minnetonka (Minn.)
10 unique high schools as seen via Google Earth - HIGHSCORE
10 unique high schools as seen via Google Earth
Video: 10 unique high schools from Google Earth
Aerial views of distinctive campuses across the country.

Sometimes to really appreciate something, you need to change your perspective.

Renowned French novelist Marcel Proust once said, "the real voyage of discovery comes not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

MaxPreps provides "new eyes" to help discover 10 of the coolest high school campuses in the nation via Google Earth. Time to begin your real voyage of discovery.

Here is a snapshot of the 10 schools featured in the video:

Allen (Texas): The school already has a multi-million dollar football stadium, but it also has an impressive array of baseball and softball fields and an extra football field.
Bentonville (Ark.): A two-time MaxPreps Cup champion, Bentonville has a campus that stretches almost 10 city blocks.
Stevenson (Pebble Beach, Calif.): It's easy to see why Stevenson ranks as one of the top golf programs in the state. It's near the famed Pebble Beach golf course.
Westminster (Atlanta, Ga.): Winner of nearly 300 state championships, Westminster sits in a picturesque setting where the athletic fields are carved out of a heavily wooded area in Atlanta.
Parkland (Allentown, Pa.): From outer space, the Parkland campus looks like something from another world. The campus has a unique Millennium Falcon shape.
Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii): The Buff 'N Blue have won over 500 state championships and are located just a few miles from Waikiki Beach.
Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.): The Bulldogs have one of the top swimming programs in the nation, as evidenced by the Olympic-size pool that's just beyond the school's front doors.
Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.): Built along the Tennessee River, Baylor School overlooks the water with the athletic fields in among the woods lining the waterway.
Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.): Sitting atop a ridge in South San Jose, Valley Christian stretches the length of the rise with the football field at one end and the baseball field at the other.
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Just a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico, IMG Academy hosts 16 soccer fields, a dozen tennis courts, three football fields and nine baseball fields, not to mention a small golf course and an Olympic-size pool.
MaxPreps/AVCA Players of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Players of the Week
For the week of Sept. 21-27

Makenna Long, Long (Skipperville)
5-foot-6 | Junior | S
7 Sets played last week

Assists: 84
Assists/Game: 12
Team Hitting%: 0.323
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.57
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1

6-0 | Junior | OH/MB
8 Sets played last week

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.75
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 4
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3.38
Aces: 2
Blocks: 6

Maddie Trusty, Lakeside (Hot Springs)
5-9 | Senior | OH/S
9 Sets played last week
Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.11
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 4.78
Receptions: 32
Rcpt/Game: 3.56
Aces: 7

Kylie Stroehlein, Sickles (Tampa)
5-10 | Senior | OH
21 Sets played last week

Kills: 113
Kills/Game: 5.38
Digs: 87
Digs/Game: 4.14
Receptions: 65
Rcpt/Game: 3.1
Aces: 23
Blocks: 5


Senior | MH
9 Sets played last week

Kills: 46
Kills/Game: 5.11
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1.22
Receptions: 4
Rcpt/Game: 0.44
Aces: 4
Blocks: 2


Kaylie Kofe, Bonneville (Idaho Falls)
5-6 | Freshman | S/OH/OPP
7 Sets played last week

Assists: 62
Assists/Game: 8.86
Team Hitting%: 0.326
Digs: 14
Digs/Game: 2
Aces: 14
Blocks: 3


5-8 | Senior | OH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 77
Kills/Game: 7
Digs: 29
Digs/Game: 2.64
Receptions: 40
Rcpt/Game: 3.64
Aces: 5
Blocks: 1


Senior | S
17 Sets played last week

Assists: 188
Assists/Game: 11.06
Team Hitting%: 0.201
Digs: 32
Digs/Game: 1.88
Aces: 11
Blocks: 2


Junior | S
17 Sets played last week
Assists: 200
Assists/Game: 11.77
Team Hitting%: 0.293
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 1.41
Aces: 4
Blocks: 8

5-5 | Senior | S/L/DS
17 Sets played last week

Assists: 148
Assists/Game: 8.71
Team Hitting%: 0.218
Digs: 55
Digs/Game: 3.23
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

6-1 | Senior | OH
15 Sets played last week

Kills: 104
Kills/Game: 6.93
Digs: 43
Digs/Game: 2.87
Receptions: 59
Rcpt/Game: 3.93
Aces: 14
Blocks: 1

5-9 | Senior | S
10 Sets played last week

Assists: 105
Assists/Game: 10.5
Team Hitting%: 0.367
Digs: 16
Digs/Game: 1.6
Aces: 15
Blocks: 2

5-10 | Senior | MH
9 Sets played last week

Kills: 76
Kills/Game: 8.44
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 5.22
Receptions: 45
Rcpt/Game: 5
Aces: 5
Blocks: 10

5-10 | Junior | MH/OH
10 Sets played last week

Kills: 34
Kills/Game: 3.4
Digs: 30
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 2.4
Aces: 4

6-0 | Junior | OH
11 Sets played last week
Kills: 84
Kills/Game: 7.64
Digs: 62
Digs/Game: 5.64
Receptions: 53
Rcpt/Game: 4.82
Aces: 12
Blocks: 6

New Hampshire

Sophomore | MH
8 Sets played last week

Kills: 32
Kills/Game: 4
Digs: 18
Digs/Game: 2.25
Receptions: 14
Rcpt/Game: 1.75
Aces: 1
Blocks: 5

North Carolina

Junior | OH/DS/S
10 Sets played last week
Kills: 42
Kills/Game: 4.2
Digs: 26
Digs/Game: 2.6
Receptions: 47
Rcpt/Game: 4.7
Aces: 8
Blocks: 3

North Dakota
Sophomore | MH
7 Sets played last week

Kills: 20
Kills/Game: 2.86
Digs: 6
Digs/Game: 0.86
Receptions: 2
Aces: 5
Blocks: 6


Taylor Baxter, Bellevue
5-11 | Senior | OH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.64
Digs: 47
Digs/Game: 4.27
Receptions: 51
Rcpt/Game: 4.64
Aces: 5
Blocks: 4

Junior | OH
6 Sets played last week
Kills: 15
Kills/Game: 2.5
Digs: 8
Digs/Game: 1.33
Receptions: 15
Rcpt/Game: 2.5
Aces: 3

5-5 | Senior | S
12 Sets played last week

Assists: 121
Assists/Game: 10.08
Digs: 10
Digs/Game: 0.83
Aces: 3
Blocks: 6

South Carolina
Marianna Singletary, Porter-Gaud (Charleston)
6-4 | Junior | MH
16 Sets played last week

Kills: 89
Kills/Game: 5.56
Digs: 46
Digs/Game: 2.88
Receptions: 72
Rcpt/Game: 4.5
Aces: 8

South Dakota
Sydney Schell, Northwestern Area (Mellette)
5-9 | Senior | OH
16 Sets played last week

Kills: 96
Kills/Game: 6
Digs: 48
Digs/Game: 3
Receptions: 63
Rcpt/Game: 3.94
Aces: 11
Blocks: 5

Jaida Clark, Siegel (Murfreesboro)
6-1 | Senior | MH
11 Sets played last week

Kills: 60
Kills/Game: 5.46
Digs: 11
Digs/Game: 1
Aces: 2
Blocks: 12

6-3 | Junior | OH/OPP
8 Sets played last week

Kills: 43
Kills/Game: 5.38
Digs: 0
Digs/Game: 0
Receptions: 27
Rcpt/Game: 3.38
Blocks: 4

Hailee Garcia, Syracuse
5-9 | Junior | S
25 Sets played last week

Assists: 242
Assists/Game: 9.68
Team Hitting%: 0.189
Digs: 50
Digs/Game: 2
Aces: 16
Blocks: 14

West Virginia
Hope Weber, Paden City
5-11 | Senior | OH/S
6 Sets played last week

Kills: 35
Kills/Game: 5.83
Digs: 7
Digs/Game: 1.17
Receptions: 5
Rcpt/Game: 0.83
Aces: 3

Hanne Johnson, Grantsburg
5-11 | Junior | OH/S/RS
12 Sets played last week

Kills: 73
Kills/Game: 6.08
Digs: 52
Digs/Game: 4.33
Receptions: 75
Rcpt/Game: 6.25
Aces: 5
Blocks: 5

5-5 | Junior | S
10 Sets played last week

Assists: 88
Assists/Game: 8.8
Team Hitting%: 0.188
Digs: 25
Digs/Game: 2.5
Aces: 6
Blocks: 3

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High school football: Valdosta parts ways with controversial head coach Rush Propst - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Valdosta parts ways with controversial head coach Rush Propst
The Valdosta Daily Times was among those reporting Thursday that controversial high school football coach Rush Propst will not return to Valdosta (Ga.) next season. In February, he was the subject of a lengthy deposition that alleged he was involved in recruiting, mishandling money and even interfering in the hiring process that brought him to the program to begin with.

The deposition is part of a lawsuit brought on the City of Valdosta Board of Education by plaintiff Leah Rodemaker, wife of former Valdosta football coach Alan Rodemaker, who was let go after the 2019 season.

Propst owns a career record of 299-92 – including 7-5 in his lone season at Valdosta – and has won seven state titles during a high-profile, 30-year career. He garnered national attention while at Hoover (Ala.), which was featured on MTV's popular "Two-A-Days" reality show. He resigned there in 2007 mired in controversy over numerous in-house allegations, including grade-tampering and an admitted extra-marital affair.

He was dismissed at Colquitt County (Norman Park, Ga.) in 2019 after being charged with lack of compliance, improper conduct with students, dishonesty and misuse of public funds and property. Reports indicate he gave pills to students "on more than one occasion" and owed nearly $450,000 in delinquent federal and state taxes.

Michael Nelson, who has been involved with the Valdosta Touchdown Club booster organization for many years, said in his sworn deposition that Propst, among other things, paid for housing for two transfers, facilitated recruiting of players with the help of college coaches, asked for a "funny money" slush fund and meddled in his own hiring process.
Rush Propst looks on during a loss to rival Lowndes in October.
Photo by Gary McCullough
Rush Propst looks on during a loss to rival Lowndes in October.