There's nothing quite like your senior season of high school football—surrounded by teammates you've grown up alongside and putting countless hours of tireless work into one final campaign for the chance to chase down a title.
Along with team achievements, individual glory is at stake for many of the country's top college prospects. Productive games and rare talent put a select few in position to earn heralded postseason accolades before they depart for the next phase of their careers.
The Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year award annually recognizes an athlete who's exhibited exemplary success on and off the football field. Past recipients include NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith and quarterback Peyton Manning, while 2013 honors went to Virginia defensive tackle Andrew Brown.
We broke down a list of candidates who could compete for the distinction this year, highlighting players who've piled up statistics and victories throughout their high school careers. Though each of these athletes is headed to a high-level college football program, this list is solely based on their merit for the award rather than future potential.