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2021 NFL Draft: State-by-state look at where all draftees played high school football - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: State-by-state look at where all draftees played high school football
For the third time in four years, Florida had the most former high school football players selected in the NFL Draft. The Sunshine State had 37 players taken over seven rounds this year, while also grabbing the most in 2018 and 2019.

The Florida total was aided by record-breaking numbers from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), both of which shattered the old mark of four players taken in one draft.

The Ascenders set the bar at seven selections while the Patriots finished with six.

Texas had 33 players selected, the same number as in 2020, which it led the draft for most picks.

Georgia (21), California (19), Louisiana (13) and North Carolina (10) were the only other states that had at least 10 players selected.

In total, 37 states had at least one player selected along with one from the District of Columbia and two from Canada.

In addition to American Heritage and IMG Academy, there were 14 other schools that had multiple selections.

The three from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) gives the Raiders 26 alumni being selected in the draft since 2001, the most by any high school during that span.

Allen (Texas), Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.), Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas), Lawrence Central (Indianapolis), Lincoln (Gahanna, Ohio), Northwestern (Miami), Parkway (Bossier City, La.), Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas), Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and Westlake (Austin, Texas) all had two selections. 
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama — 6
Deonte Brown — Austin (Decatur)
Kadarius Toney — Blount (Eight Mile)
Nico Collins — Clay-Chalkville (Pinson)
Evan McPherson — Fort Payne
K.J. Britt — Oxford
Seth Williams — Paul W. Bryant (Cottondale)

Arizona — 1
Roy Lopez — Mesquite (Gilbert)

Arkansas — 1
Tre Norwood — Northside (Fort Smith)

California — 19
Najee Harris — Antioch
Jevon Holland — Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland)
Alijah Vera-Tucker — Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland)
Camryn Bynum — Centennial (Corona)
Aaron Banks — El Cerrito
Demetric Felton — Great Oak (Temecula)
Nahshon Wright — James Logan (Union City)
Amon-Ra St. Brown — Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Jermar Jefferson — Narbonne (Harbor City)
Drew Dalman — Palma (Salinas)
Darren Hall — Rancho Cucamonga
Thomas Graham Jr. — Rancho Cucamonga
Chris Wilcox — Roosevelt (Eastvale)
Deommodore Lenoir — Salesian (Los Angeles)
Keith Taylor — Servite (Anaheim)

Connecticut — 2
Ben Mason — Newtown
Jason Pinnock — Windsor

District of Columbia - 1
Jaylen Twyman — Woodson

Florida - 37
Khalil Herbert — American Heritage (Plantation)
Anthony Schwartz — American Heritage (Plantation)
Tedarrel Slaton — American Heritage (Plantation)
Pat Surtain II — American Heritage (Plantation)
Marco Wilson — American Heritage (Plantation)
Janarius Robinson — Bay (Panama City)
Chris Rumph II — Buchholz (Gainesville)
Gregory Rousseau — Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah)
Rashad Weaver — Cooper City
Aaron Robinson — Deerfield Beach
Andre Cisco — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Thomas Fletcher — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Robert Hainsey — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Joshua Kaindoh — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Tre' McKitty — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Kellen Mond — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Greg Newsome II — IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Jamien Sherwood — Jensen Beach
Shemar Jean-Charles — Miramar
Michael Carter — Navarre
Tutu Atwell — Northwestern (Miami)
Rachad Wildgoose — Northwestern (Miami)
James Wiggins — South Dade (Homestead)
Shawn Davis — Southridge (Miami)
Josh Palmer — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
Asante Samuel Jr. — St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale)
Tyree Gillespie — Vanguard (Ocala)
Tre Nixon — Viera
Stone Forsythe — West Orange (Winter Garden)

Georgia — 21
Jaycee Horn — Alpharetta
Trevor Lawrence — Cartersville
Eric Stokes — Eastside (Covington)
D'Ante Smith — Grovetown
Justin Fields — Harrison (Kennesaw)
Richard LeCounte — Liberty County (Hinesville)
Jordan Smith — Lithonia
Jamin Davis — Long County (Ludowici)
Azeez Ojulari — Marietta
Tay Gowan — Newton (Covington)
Cameron Sample — Shiloh (Snellville)
Michael Carter II — South Paulding (Douglasville)
Trey Sermon — Sprayberry (Marietta)
Ben Cleveland — Stephens County (Toccoa)
Rashod Bateman — Tift County (Tifton)
Ernest Jones — Ware County (Waycross)
Tommy Tremble — Wesleyan (Norcross)

Idaho — 1
Tommy Togiai — Highland (Pocatello)

Illinois — 3
Royce Newman — Nashville
Kendrick Green — Peoria
Nick Niemann — Sycamore

Indiana — 6
Chris Evans — Ben Davis (Indianapolis)
D'Wayne Eskridge — Bluffton
Pete Werner — Cathedral (Indianapolis)
Ben Skowronek  — Homestead (Fort Wayne)
Cameron McGrone — Lawrence Central (Indianapolis)

Iowa — 1
Spencer Brown — Lenox

Kansas — 3
Wyatt Herbert — Shawnee Heights (Tecumseh)
Teven Jenkins — Topeka
Isaiahh Loudermilk — West Elk (Howard)

Kentucky — 4
Derrick Barnes — Holy Cross (Covington)
Landon Young — Lafayette (Lexington)
Nate Hobbs — Male (Louisville)
Rondale Moore — Trinity (Louisville)

Louisiana — 13
DeVonta Smith — Amite
Racey McMath — Edna Karr (New Orleans)
Elijah Mitchell — Erath
Robert Rochell — Fair Park (Shreveport)
Travis Etienne — Jennings
Marquez Stevenson — Northwood (Shreveport)
Tyler Shelvin — Notre Dame (Crowley)
Terrace Marshall Jr. — Parkway (Bossier City)
Israel Mukuamu — Parkway (Bossier City)
Kelvin Joseph — Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)

Maryland — 6
Victor Dimukeje — Boys Latin (Baltimore)
Jake Funk — Damascus
Quincy Roche — New Town (Owings Mills)
Christian Darrisaw — Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro)
Zech McPhearson — Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro)

Massachusetts — 5
Pat Freiermuth — Brooks (North Andover)
Ifeatu Melifonwu — Grafton
Noah Gray — Leominster
Larnel Coleman — St. Clement (Medford)

Michigan — 8
Ambry Thomas — King (Detroit)
Dez Fitzpatrick — Mott (Waterford)
Daelin Hayes — Skyline (Ann Arbor)
Adetokunbo Ogundeji — Walled Lake Central (Walled Lake)

Minnesota — 4
Dillon Radunz— Becker
Tommy Doyle — Edina
Trey Lance — Marshall

Mississippi — 4
Kylin Hill — Columbus
Marquiss Spencer — Greenwood
Brandin Echols — Southaven
Kenneth Gainwell — Yazoo County (Yazoo City)

Missouri — 4
William Bradley-King — Hogan Prep Charter (Kansas City)
Ronnie Perkins — Lutheran North (St. Louis)
Zach Davidson — Webb City

Nevada — 3
Brevin Jordan — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Rhamondre Stevenson — Centennial (Las Vegas)
Tony Fields II — Desert Pines (Las Vegas)

New Jersey — 4
Will Fries — Cranford
Frank Darby — Lincoln (Jersey City)
Ihmir Smith-Marsette — Weequahic (Newark)

New York — 2
Isaiah McDuffie — Bennett (Buffalo)

North Carolina — 10
Hamsah Nasirildeen — Concord
Chazz Surratt — East Lincoln (Denver)
Cornell Powell — J.H. Rose (Greenville)
Caleb Farley — Maiden
Larry Rountree III — Millbrook (Raleigh)
Divine Deablo — Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem)
Alim McNeill — Sanderson (Raleigh)
Landon Dickerson — South Caldwell (Hudson)
Javonte Williams — Wallace-Rose Hill (Teachey)

Ohio — 9
Jackson Carman — Fairfield
Camaron Cheeseman — Lincoln (Gahanna)
Jonathon Cooper — Lincoln (Gahanna)
Josh Myers — Miamisburg
Luke Farrell — Perry
Liam Eichenberg — St. Ignatius (Cleveland)
Darrick Forrest — Walnut Ridge (Columbus)
Phil Hoskins — Whitmer (Toledo)

Oklahoma — 3
Zaven Collins — Hominy
Creed Humphrey — Shawnee
Tre Brown — Union (Tulsa)

Oregon - 6
Marlon Tuipulotu — Central (Independence)
Talanoa Hufanga — Crescent Valley (Corvallis)
Osa Odighizuwa — David Douglas (Portland)
John Bates — Lebanon
Elijah Molden — West Linn

Pennsylvania — 8
Mark Webb — Archbishop Wood (Warminster)
Michal Menet — Exeter Township (Reading)
Micah Parsons — Harrisburg
Jimmy Morrissey — La Salle College (Wyndmoor)
Christian Barmore — Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia)

Rhode Island — 1

South Carolina — 3
Tarron Jackson — Silver Bluff (Aiken)
Pressley Harvin III — Sumter
Shi Smith — Union County (Union)

South Dakota — 1
Matt Farniok — Washington (Sioux Falls)

Tennessee — 5
Quinton Bohanna — Cordova
Patrick Johnson — Notre Dame (Chattanooga)
JaCoby Stevens — Oakland (Murfreesboro)

Texas — 33
Levi Onwuzurike — Allen
William Sherman — Allen
Samuel Cosmi — Atascocita (Humble)
Milton Williams — Crowley
Joshuah Bledsoe — Dekaney (Houston)
Jaelon Darden — Eisenhower (Houston)
Walker Little — Episcopal (Bellaire)
Jaylen Waddle — Episcopal (Bellaire)
Jack Anderson — Frisco
Kene Nwangwu — Heritage (Frisco)
Baron Browning — Kennedale
Buddy Johnson — Kimball (Dallas)
Brenden Jaimes — Lake Travis (Austin)
Bobby Brown III — Lamar (Arlington)
Nick Bolton — Lone Star (Frisco)
Paulson Adebo — Mansfield
Kyle Trask — Manvel
Joseph Ossai — Oak Ridge (Conroe)
Grant Stuard — Oak Ridge (Conroe)
Brandon Stephens — Plano
Dayo Odeyingbo — Ranchview (Irving)
Earnest Brown IV — Ryan (Denton)
Jonathan Marshall — Shepherd
Tylan Wallace — South Hills (Fort Worth)
Caden Sterns — Steele (Cibolo)
Ta'Quon Graham — Temple
Dan Moore Jr. — West Brook (Beaumont)
Sam Ehlinger — Westlake (Austin)
Kylen Granson — Westlake (Austin)
Payton Turner — Westside (Houston)

Utah — 7
Jay Tufele — Bingham (South Jordan)
Brady Christensen — Bountiful
Zach Wilson — Corner Canyon (Draper)
Penei Sewell — Desert Hills (St. George)
Khyiris Tonga — Granger (West Valley City)

Virginia — 6
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah — Bethel (Hampton)
Patrick Jones II — Grassfield (Chesapeake)
Dazz Newsome — Hampton
Carlos Basham Jr. — Northside (Roanoke)
Josh Ball — Stafford (Falmouth)

Washington — 1
Joe Tryon — Hazen (Renton)

Wisconsin — 4
Cole Van Lanen — Bay Port (Green Bay)
Quinn Meinerz — Hartford
Daviyon Nixon — Indian Trail (Kenosha)

Canada - 2
Chuba Hubbard — Bev Facey (Alberta)
Benjamin St-Juste — Cegep du Vieux Montreal (Quebec)
Marco Wilson (1) was one of six NFL Draft picks from American Heritage.
File photo by Ivan Sebborn
Marco Wilson (1) was one of six NFL Draft picks from American Heritage.
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected
Coming off a 2020 national championship crowned by MaxPreps, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) added another impressive feat once the 2021 NFL Draft concluded in Cleveland. They had seven players selected breaking the record for most picks by a high school in a single draft. 

The selection of tight end Tre' McKitty by the Los Angeles Chargers late the third round gave IMG Academy its fifth former player, breaking the previous mark of four.

The Ascenders had two more players selected during the final day of the draft when the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Joshua Kaindoh with the last pick of the fourth round at No. 144. Long snapper Thomas Fletcher was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round with the 222nd pick.

The previous record was four set by the same Ascenders (in 2020) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2014.

Cornerback Greg Newsome II started IMG's run on Thursday with his selection by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (26th pick overall). The rest of the Ascenders went in the third round on Friday. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive back Andre Cisco with the first pick at No. 65 and Minnesota promptly went after quarterback Kellen Mond at No. 66. Defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay chose offensive guard Robert Hainsey at No. 95 and McKitty finished things off Friday for the Ascenders at No. 97.
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
File photo by Louis Lopez
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
Cisco, Fletcher, Hainsey, Kaindoh, McKitty and Mond all played on IMG Academy's 2016 team that went 11-0 and finished No. 3 in the MaxPreps national Top 25. The Ascenders had notable wins that season against Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.), but their biggest victory came in California, 50-49, against Centennial (Corona) in one of the best high school football games over the last decade.

Cisco and Newsome were part of the 2017 IMG team that went 9-0 and finished No. 2 in the nation. Over the last three drafts, 13 former Ascenders have had their names called at the draft, including Grant Delpit, KJ Hamler, K.J. Osborne and Cesar Ruiz, all in 2020, after Hjalte Froholdt and Isaac Nauta were picked in 2019.

American Heritage (Plantation) finished the draft with the second most selections of all-time with six.

Patrick Surtain II was the first player selected from Florida at No. 9 overall by the Denver Broncos. Tyson Campbell went to Jacksonville at No. 33 and Cleveland selected Anthony Schwartz at No. 91. Marco Wilson became the third defensive back from the Patriots selected in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 136. Tedarrell Slaton was selected in the fifth round and Khalil Herbert went in round six.

National power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was the only other school with at least three players selected. Elijah Moore and Asante Samuel Jr. were both taken in the second round while Josh Palmer went in round three. The Raiders entered the 2020 season with most high school alums on NFL rosters with 11. 

2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected
During the 2020 NFL Draft, national high school football power IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) became the first prep program since 2014 to have four players selected. The Ascenders could potentially double that in 2021, according to Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports.


All but Newsome played together during the 2016 season when the Ascenders went 11-0 and had notable wins over Centennial (Corona, Calif.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.). They finished the year ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Cisco and Newsome were part of IMG's 2017 team that went 9-0 and finished ranked No. 2 in the MaxPreps Top 25.
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
Photo by Mike Janes
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
No less impressive is American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), which has five players going in Wilson's mock draft. The Patriots' potential draft haul is led by Patrick Surtain II, who Wilson predicts will go No. 9 to the Denver Broncos. Joining Surtain are Tyson Campbell, Khalil Herbert, Anthony Schwartz and Marco Wilson.

Campbell, Surtain and Wilson gave the Patriots the best secondary in the country during the 2016 season and led Heritage to a 14-0 record, Class 5A state title and a spot at No. 10 in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

The following season, Campbell, Schwartz and Surtain led American Heritage to its second consecutive 5A state championship and a spot at No. 4 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 after going 14-0.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has had more players selected than any other high school over the last 20 years with 23 taken and Wilson's mock draft predicts there will be four more in the 2021 draft — Trevon Grimes, Elijah Moore, Josh Palmer and Asante Samuel Jr.

All four played together during the 2016 season when Aquinas went 13-2 and finished the year ranked No. 6 after winning the 7A state title.

Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas) has three players slated to be taken led by Jaylen Waddle — slotted to go sixth overall by the Miami Dolphins. Walker Little and Marvin Wilson are expected to also hear their names called. Little and Wilson were part of the Class of 2017 while Waddle was a year behind them and they went 9-2 during the 2016 season.

2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: IMG Academy breaks high school record with seven former players selected
Coming off a 2020 national championship crowned by MaxPreps, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) added another impressive feat once the 2021 NFL Draft concluded in Cleveland. They had seven players selected breaking the record for most picks by a high school in a single draft. 

The selection of tight end Tre' McKitty by the Los Angeles Chargers late the third round gave IMG Academy its fifth former player, breaking the previous mark of four.

The Ascenders had two more players selected during the final day of the draft when the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Joshua Kaindoh with the last pick of the fourth round at No. 144. Long snapper Thomas Fletcher was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round with the 222nd pick.

The previous record was four set by the same Ascenders (in 2020) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2014.

Cornerback Greg Newsome II started IMG's run on Thursday with his selection by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (26th pick overall). The rest of the Ascenders went in the third round on Friday. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive back Andre Cisco with the first pick at No. 65 and Minnesota promptly went after quarterback Kellen Mond at No. 66. Defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay chose offensive guard Robert Hainsey at No. 95 and McKitty finished things off Friday for the Ascenders at No. 97.
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
File photo by Louis Lopez
Quarterback Kellen Mond was one of four former IMG Academy players selected during the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday.
Cisco, Fletcher, Hainsey, Kaindoh, McKitty and Mond all played on IMG Academy's 2016 team that went 11-0 and finished No. 3 in the MaxPreps national Top 25. The Ascenders had notable wins that season against Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.), but their biggest victory came in California, 50-49, against Centennial (Corona) in one of the best high school football games over the last decade.

Cisco and Newsome were part of the 2017 IMG team that went 9-0 and finished No. 2 in the nation. Over the last three drafts, 13 former Ascenders have had their names called at the draft, including Grant Delpit, KJ Hamler, K.J. Osborne and Cesar Ruiz, all in 2020, after Hjalte Froholdt and Isaac Nauta were picked in 2019.

American Heritage (Plantation) finished the draft with the second most selections of all-time with six.

Patrick Surtain II was the first player selected from Florida at No. 9 overall by the Denver Broncos. Tyson Campbell went to Jacksonville at No. 33 and Cleveland selected Anthony Schwartz at No. 91. Marco Wilson became the third defensive back from the Patriots selected in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 136. Tedarrell Slaton was selected in the fifth round and Khalil Herbert went in round six.

National power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was the only other school with at least three players selected. Elijah Moore and Asante Samuel Jr. were both taken in the second round while Josh Palmer went in round three. The Raiders entered the 2020 season with most high school alums on NFL rosters with 11. 

2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected - HIGHSCORE
2021 NFL Draft: High school football powerhouse IMG Academy projected to have seven players selected
During the 2020 NFL Draft, national high school football power IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) became the first prep program since 2014 to have four players selected. The Ascenders could potentially double that in 2021, according to Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports.


All but Newsome played together during the 2016 season when the Ascenders went 11-0 and had notable wins over Centennial (Corona, Calif.), Grayson (Loganville, Ga.), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) and St. John's (Washington, D.C.). They finished the year ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Cisco and Newsome were part of IMG's 2017 team that went 9-0 and finished ranked No. 2 in the MaxPreps Top 25.
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
Photo by Mike Janes
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is one of seven former IMG Academy players who could hear their name called this weekend as part of the NFL Draft.
No less impressive is American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), which has five players going in Wilson's mock draft. The Patriots' potential draft haul is led by Patrick Surtain II, who Wilson predicts will go No. 9 to the Denver Broncos. Joining Surtain are Tyson Campbell, Khalil Herbert, Anthony Schwartz and Marco Wilson.

Campbell, Surtain and Wilson gave the Patriots the best secondary in the country during the 2016 season and led Heritage to a 14-0 record, Class 5A state title and a spot at No. 10 in the final MaxPreps Top 25.

The following season, Campbell, Schwartz and Surtain led American Heritage to its second consecutive 5A state championship and a spot at No. 4 in the final MaxPreps Top 25 after going 14-0.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has had more players selected than any other high school over the last 20 years with 23 taken and Wilson's mock draft predicts there will be four more in the 2021 draft — Trevon Grimes, Elijah Moore, Josh Palmer and Asante Samuel Jr.

All four played together during the 2016 season when Aquinas went 13-2 and finished the year ranked No. 6 after winning the 7A state title.

Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas) has three players slated to be taken led by Jaylen Waddle — slotted to go sixth overall by the Miami Dolphins. Walker Little and Marvin Wilson are expected to also hear their names called. Little and Wilson were part of the Class of 2017 while Waddle was a year behind them and they went 9-2 during the 2016 season.