High school standouts across the country hoped to see their name land among finalists for the 2013 Hall Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's best football player. Since 2000, the U.S. Army National Player of the Year has received the prize during a dinner banquet before the All-American Bowl Game, held Jan. 4 at the Alamodome.
Past winners of the award include Adrian Peterson, Terrelle Pryor, Chris Leak, Jimmy Clausen and Dorial Green-Beckham. This year's finalists were unveiled Tuesday evening.
Let's take a look at the exceptional credentials that helped these athletes make the final cut.